One way to look at it is that 18 out of 7,113 ain't bad. Of course, just one infested boat can do lots of harm to a Montana body of water.

Here's hoping not too many are slipping by, as Montana inspectors have intercepted 18 boats fouled by aquatic invasive species so far this year. As of the end of last week 7,113 boats had been inspected so far, with 1,923 of those boats coming from states with known AIS infestations.

From the Great Lakes region to parts of the desert areas of the southwest, the summary will give you an idea of the patterns and the watercraft entering Montana that are likely getting the most attention.

Inspection Station – Wibaux I-94 Westbound

Water Last Launched: Lake Geneva

State of Origin: WI

 

Inspection Station – Dillon

Water Last Launched: Lake Havasu

State of Origin: AZ

 

Inspection Station – Bozeman – FWP Office

Water Last Launched: Lake Powell

State of Origin: UT

 

Inspection Station – Anaconda

Water Last Launched: Lake Michigan

State of Origin: WI

 

Inspection Station – Dillon

Water Last Launched: Lake Havasu

State of Origin: AZ

 

Inspection Station – Anaconda

Water Last Launched: Great Lakes

State of Origin: IN

 

Inspection Station – Anaconda

Water Last Launched: Lake Oakland

State of Origin: MI

 

Inspection Station – Anaconda

Water Last Launched: Unknown

State of Origin: MN

 

Inspection Station – Dillon

Water Last Launched: Rio Grande

State of Origin: TX

 

Inspection Station – Wibaux I-94 Westbound

Water Last Launched: Lake Michigan

State of Origin: WI

 

Inspection Station – Anaconda

Water Last Launched: Delavan Lake

State of Origin: WI

 

Inspection Station – Anaconda

Water Last Launched: Lake Lida

State of Origin: MN

 

Inspection Station – Anaconda

Water Last Launched: Lake Michigan

State of Origin: WI

 

Inspection Station – Wibaux I-94 Westbound

Water Last Launched: Lake Michigan

State of Origin: MI

 

Inspection Station – Anaconda

Water Last Launched: Minnesota

State of Origin: MN

 

Inspection Station – Dillon

Water Last Launched: Lake Mohave

State of Origin: AZ

 

Inspection Station – Anaconda

Water Last Launched: Lake Macatawa

State of Origin: MI

 

Inspection Station – Anaconda

Water Last Launched: Oshkosh

State of Origin:  WI

 

Remember, friends, inspections don't just apply to out-of-state watercraft, or just to boats. If you have a boat, kayak, canoe, standup paddleboard, float tube or raft, you gotta make that stop at AIS inspection stations.

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