A Note from Liz . . .
With the detection of mussels in Tiber Reservoir in Montana in October 2016, it is more important than ever for recreationists to follow the procedures to
clean, drain, and dry their boats and gear. The mussel larvae, or veligers, are invisible and can survive in a wide range of temperatures. Inspections will be required for all boats coming off Tiber and Canyon Ferry reservoirs. If decontamination is required, it will take 30 to 60 minutes. It will include spraying the exterior, interior compartments and flushing the motor’s cooling system with pressurized hot water.
The Mussel Response Team has issued its inspection procedures for statewide and Columbia Basin perimeter defense: These procedures began in April 2017.
- All out-of-state watercraft must be inspected prior to launching on any Montana water body.
- Watercraft traveling across the continental Divide into the Columbia River Basin within Montana must be inspected prior to launch.
- Inspections include an interview, boat inspection and, if needed, decontamination with pressurized hot water of at least 140°F to remove and kill invasive species.
There is also a “local boater” program for those who recreate primarily on Tiber and Canyon Ferry reservoirs. There is an online test that is required to become a “local boater” but this will enable the boater to access certain boat launches and avoid longer lines. http://musselresponse.mt.gov/Become-a-Certified-Local-Boater
The Mussel Response Team has an excellent story board online that is very informative with great maps and locations of all inspection stations.
Stopping the spread of mussels is imperative. They have the potential to devastate our Montana fisheries. Clean, Drain, Dry is the way we can prohibit their spread and it is our responsibility to make this our habit every time we recreate in Montana.
Tips for a Fast Watercraft Inspection
- Remove high-risk elements: water, mud and vegetation
- Remove boat plugs and drain
- Open and towel dry all compartments and live wells
- Drain ballasts and bilge, wipe bilge areas dry if possible
- Lower engine/motor to allow coolant water to drain
- Drain ballasts on wake boats and speed boats
- Clear through-hull fittings
Tree Planting Day
Bear Creek Days
Varney Road Clean Up Day
May 24th MRF Staff and volunteers picked up trash on Varney Road between Eight Mile Ford fishing access and the highway. Several bags of trash were removed from the area. If you would like to volunteer our next clean up day is Wednesday, July 26th @ 9 am.
Annual Meeting Reminder: June 30th @ 10 am. Madison Valley Public Library
- May 31: MCD Watershed Planning Meeting @ El Western. 6 PM.
- June 15: MCD StreamTeam Training @ Jack Creek Preservation Education Center.
- June 21: WCS Speaker Series & 5th Anniversary Party: Foxes.@ Round Barn. 5:30 PM
June 24:Catch the Hatch Fundraiser & Celebration. 6PM @ Jumping Horse Barn Jeffers. Tickets for sale online.
June 30: Annual MRF Meeting @ Madison Valley Public Library 10 AM. Board Meeting to follow.
July 14: Wildlife Neighbors Free Speaker Series on Lynx at Lions Club Park 5:00 pm with ice cream social.
July 26: Varney Road Clean Up Day @ 8 Mile fishing access site 9 AM.
- September 1 & 2: 15th Annual Ennis on the Madison Fly Fishing Festival Tie-One-On. Sign up to be a vendor here.