Recreate in the Clark Fork?
Don't give water weeds a free ride.
Invasive weeds, mussels, and snails can stow away on felt-soled waders and boats.
Be sure waders, boots, and boats are clean and dry.
See a suspicious-looking plant, mussel, or boat covered in weeds? Call 1-800-TIP-MONT
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Update from the 2012 Summer Season
Montana Department of Fish Wildlife and Parks and Department of Agriculture operated watercraft inspection stations from May through September, which were located at various highways and waterbodies throughout the state. As of September 24th, station crews for both agencies inspected a combined total of 35,263 watercraft in 2012. The number of contaminated boats found include: 4 carrying invasive mussels; 264 carrying aquatic vegetation like Eurasian watermilfoil, curlyleaf pondweed, and flowering rush; and 1 with a New Zealand mud snail.
Here's a summary for inspections in our neighboring states:
* Idaho: Total of 42,142 inspections (57 watercraft positive for mussels).
* Wyoming: Total of 39,303 inspections (219 high-risk inspections; 94 decontaminations).
How you can help -- stop at watercraft inspection stations.
Help keep the Clark Fork's waters clean and free of invasive species by getting your boat checked out. Montana's watercraft inspection stations open May 14th along major highways. We hope you'll stop with your boat at the Ronan and Clearwater Junction stations, or at one of the roving stations in the Bitterroot or the Swan.
Yes. Several streamside weeds have taken root, including purple loosestrife, saltceder, and yellowflag iris. As for submerged invasives, Eurasian watermilfoil is present in the Noxon and Cabinet Gorge reservoirs in the Lower Clark Fork River, and has also been found in Northwestern Montana at Beaver Lake. This water weed forms dense mats along the surface of the water, threatening water quality and fish populations. Fortunately, cooperative efforts to treat this weed are proving successful. But it’s important to know how to prevent the spread of this weed, keep it isolated, and make headway eradicating it—all while preventing other aquatic invaders—namely zebra and quagga mussels—from taking hold in the Clark Fork basin.
Important: Anyone who has fished or boated in Beaver Lake must clean their boats, equipment, and waders prior to entering another water body. Please contact Fish, Wildlife, and Parks (FWP) in Kalispell at 406.444.2449 if uncontaminated equipment was taken from Beaver Lake to any other lake, so those locations can also be monitored. Read this press release on monitoring efforts near Beaver Lake
Speak up to protect our waters!
Did you see a suspicious-looking aquatic plant? A non-native mussel? A boat coated in weeds?
Call 1-800-TIP-MONT or fill out an online form to report what you see on our lakes, rivers, and streams.