Watercraft inspection stations opening in Whitefish

Posted at 2:03 PM, Apr 30, 2018
and last updated 2018-04-30 16:03:17-04

WHITEFISH – Tuesday marks the opening of the boating season in Whitefish. Starting Tuesday, all watercraft require an in-person inspection by boat inspectors to make sure its clean, drained and dry in order to receive a launch permit before entering Whitefish Lake.

The inspection requirement is part of the city’s AIS management program – Our Lake, Our Future.

With the detection of invasive mussels in the state in 2016, the city has ramped up protection of its waters as part of its response plan.

A mandatory inspection station will be set up at Whitefish City Beach from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. May 1 through the end of September, and 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. in June through August.

A second inspection station is will be set up at Whitefish Lake State Park from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. in May through September.

A prevention and decontamination station has moved to the west side of Hwy 93 across from Don "K" Chevrolet, just north of JP Road and will be open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. in May through September and 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. in June through August. 

An online Self-Certification program is available for non-motorized, hand-launched watercraft and early anglers.