Certified Boater Program Now Available Online
By Jackalope Jordan

Posted: April 10, 2018

Boaters who frequent Tiber and Canyon Ferry Reservoirs save time at decontamination stations this summer through a new education program available offered through the State of Montana’s website.

The Certified Boater Program provides boaters with information on the invasive mussel threat and teaches participants how to properly clean, drain and dry their vessel after a day on the water. Certified boaters can self-inspect their boats themselves but will still be required to stop at decontamination sites they encounter.

The program’s goal is to reduce congestion at decontamination sites while still making an effort to prevent spread of invasive mussels. Certified boaters will be expedited through stations after a “brief interview,” according to a FWP news release.

The Certified Boater Program is available to Montana residents who live East of the Continental Divide. After completion of the program participants will receive a sticker for each side of their boat’s stern and another for the trailer.

Boaters unable to complete the course online will be able to complete the program in person at FWP offices starting April 23.

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