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Whitefish Lake Aquatic Invasive Species Management Program
A collaboration of the City of Whitefish, Whitefish Lake State Park, and the Whitefish Lake Institute

Watercraft Inspection and Decontamination 
It is mandatory to have all motorized and non-motorized watercraft inspected prior to launching in Whitefish Lake. High risk watercraft must also be decontaminated (Section 13-5-3 of the Whitefish City Code).

Whitefish City Beach Watercraft Inspection Station Hours

May & September: 6:00 AM - 9:00 PM
June thru August:  6:00 AM - 10:00 PM
The Inspection Station is closed October 1 through April 30.

Whitefish Lake State Park Watercraft Inspection Station Hours
May – September  7:00 AM – 10:00 PM

The Inspection Station is closed October 1 through April 30.

The City Beach and Whitefish Lake State Park boat ramps will be chained or gated but not locked after staffed watercraft inspection hours. Boats coming off the lake after hours will be able to exit the lake by removing and replacing the chain. Motorized watercraft may not launch before or after staffed inspection hours.

Whitefish AIS Prevention and Decontamination Station Hours
Located on the west side of Hwy 93 directly across from Don 'K' Chevrolet in the inventory lot just north of JP Road)

May & September: 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM *
June thru August:   9:00 AM - 8:00 PM

The Decontamination Station is closed October 1 through April 30.
* The Prevention & Decontamination station will be open until 8:00 PM on Memorial Day and Labor Day weekends.

Decontamination must be performed prior to launching in Whitefish Lake—whether or not you have been inspected at another inspection station—on all the following watercraft:

  • with ballast tanks or bags as determined by watercraft inspection staff
  • that have been in a mussel infested waterway in the last 30 days
  • with standing water
  • that inspectors deem are too dirty to inspect

There is a NO fee for decontamination.

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Map of Inspection & Decontamination Stations


 

Online Self-Certification Programs

Non-Motorized, Hand-Launched Watercraft Users
This Online Self-Certification Program for non-motorized, hand-launched watercraft users is designed to get low risk watercraft on the lake quicker and to alleviate congestion at the City Beach and Whitefish Lake State Park boat launches. By participating in this program, users have the opportunity to acquire an annual Sticker that will eliminate the need for a full inspection each time they visit the lake. In order to obtain an annual Sticker, non-motorized, hand-launched watercraft users are required to pass an on-line training test. If the user successfully passes the test, they will be issued a Certificate and a Sticker that can be displayed to boat inspectors at City Beach and Whitefish Lake State Park. Non-computer users who want to take the test manually may do so at the City Beach and Whitefish Lake State Park boat launches.

All Watercraft Off-Season (October 1 – April 30)
The City Beach and Whitefish Lake State Park boat ramps will be locked in the off season. All motorized and non-motorized watercraft users may launch at these sites in the off season by passing the Off-Season Online AIS Self-Certification Program. Users who successfully pass the test will be issued a certificate and lock code to enter and exit the boat ramps at City Beach and Whitefish Lake State Park.

Early Morning Anglers (All Year)
Early Morning Anglers may launch at City Beach or Whitefish Lake State Park prior to open Watercraft Inspection Hours by passing the Early Angler Online Certification Program.

These programs are built on the assumption that we all care about keeping AIS out of our local waterbodies. It is your responsibility to clean drain and dry your watercraft after visiting any other waterbody before launching again in Whitefish Lake.

Take the Non-Motorized, Hand-Launched Watercraft Online AIS Inspection Certification Test Now

Take the Early Morning Angler Online AIS Self-Certification Test NOW

Take the Off-Season (October 1 - April 30) Online AIS Self Certification Test NOW

PROGRAM CONTACTS

City of Whitefish
406.863.2473



Whitefish Lake Institute
406.862.4327



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