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Local Boater Certification

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In October 2016 invasive mussel larvae were discovered for the first time in Montana. Tiber Reservoir was confirmed positive for larvae and Canyon Ferry Reservoir was listed as unconfirmed suspect for larvae. In response to those discoveries, all boats recreating in these two lakes will require decontamination upon exit of these waterbodies. The local boater program was created to ease this process for local boaters who recreate primarily at Tiber Reservoir or primarily at Canyon Ferry Reservoir.

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What is the Local Boater Program?

  • The program is applicable only for Canyon Ferry or Tiber Reservoirs.
  • There will be boat ramps on these reservoirs that will be designated as “local boater only” boat ramps. Only vessels that have been certified by the program will be allowed to use these ramps.
  • It will allow you to avoid the need for decontamination if your next boating trip is on the same waterbody.
  • The purpose of the program is to decrease the volume of boats at the decontamination stations and to allow FWP to focus on boats traveling elsewhere.

Boat Ramps on Tiber and Canyon Ferry Reservoirs

Most boat ramps located around Tiber and Canyon Ferry Reservoirs are open to “local boaters.” The maps below indicate the current status of each boat ramp on these waterbodies. Local boaters who use a local boat ramp are not required to seek out a decontamination station when they exit the waterbody if their next planned boat outing will be on the same waterbody. Local boaters are required to visit a decontamination station after exiting the waterbody if their next planned trip is on a waterbody other than the waterbody that they are a local boater on.

Completing the Local Boater Program

To be certified as a local boater, the boat and/or aquatic equipment user will need to:

Take the Test Online

  1. Download and read the Local Boater Program Education and Certification tutorial.
  2. Take the online test. A passing score (80%) will immediately generate an online certificate for you to complete.
  3. Print out your certificate and keep this in your records. You will need to present your certificate at a FWP office and complete a registration form so your local boater stickers can be issued to you. (If you lose your certificate, you will need to retake the online test and print out another certificate.
  4. To complete your registration and to receive your local boater stickers, please bring these items to your regional FWP office:
    1. printed certification from test, AND
    2. the following information for each vessel you want local stickers for: vessel license number, trailer license number, and a description of the vessel.

Download Tutorial Take the Test!

 

Take the Test In Person

If you would like to take the test in person, please visit your local FWP regional office.

  1. You will be issued local boater stickers once you pass the test, present your certificate and complete a registration form at the regional office.
  2. To complete your registration and to receive your local boater stickers, please bring these items to your regional FWP office:
    1. printed certification from test, AND
    2. the following information for each vessel you want local stickers for: vessel license number, trailer license number, and a description of the vessel.

Contact Us

For general questions about the Local Boater Program, please call (406) 444-2449 or contact your local FWP regional office.

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Incident Command Center
P.O. Box 201601
Helena, MT 59620
Phone: (406) 444-2440


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