The Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes took action March 23rd to issue a watercraft and trailer closure in response to the potential invasion mussel populations that were detected in Montana last fall.
Effective immediately all watercraft must be inspected and cleared for launching into any Flathead Reservation water body by a certified boat inspector. All watercraft, trailers, water based personal equipment must be completely clean, drained and dry on all interior and exterior surfaces before launching into Flathead Reservation water bodies.
A watercraft check station is currently in operation and is located on the Salish Kootenai College campus off Highway 93 next to the Joe McDonald Health and Fitness Center. The hours of operation are from 8 am until 8 pm
On April 15th the watercraft check station will move from the Pablo site to Ravalli at Highway 93 next the highway maintenance shop.
For more information on mandatory watercraft inspection station sites or hours contact Paula Webster, Tom McDonald or Germaine White at 675-2700.
Calculating time out of water needed to kill adult mussels