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Boating

Boating in Bigfork

The best way to experience Flathead Lake is on a boat.  Don’t have a boat? No worries! You can still enjoy the lake life in Bigfork. Rent a family boat, deck boat, or pontoon or join a guided boat tour to explore Flathead Lake, Echo Lake, Wild Horse Island, and more.

The Flathead Valley is a popular destination for boating enthusiasts of all levels. With its breathtaking lakes, rivers, and streams, visitors can engage in a wide range of water-based activities, including fishing, watersports, or simply soaking up the stunning scenery.

Flathead Lake, the largest natural freshwater lake in the western United States, is a must-visit destination for boaters.

It’s important to note the “Clean, Drain, Dry” campaign in Montana, which aims to prevent the spread of aquatic invasive species in the state’s waterways, including Flathead Lake. Non-native plants, animals, and pathogens can harm native ecosystems, disrupt recreational activities, and damage infrastructure. Remember to inspect, clean, drain, and dry all boats, trailers, and gear before launching in any body of water to help prevent the spread of invasive species.

Do your part to protect the Flathead Water Basin
“CLEAN, DRAIN, DRY” is a campaign aimed at preventing the spread of aquatic invasive species in Montana’s waterways, including Flathead Lake. Aquatic invasive species are non-native plants, animals, and pathogens that can cause harm to native ecosystems, disrupt recreational activities, and damage infrastructure.
 
The “Clean, Drain, Dry” campaign encourages boaters and anglers to take three simple steps to help prevent the spread of invasive species:
 
CLEAN: Before launching your boat or entering the water, inspect all parts of your boat, trailer, and gear for plants, animals, or mud. If you find anything, remove it and dispose of it properly.
 
DRAIN: Once you’ve inspected your boat and gear, drain all water from the boat, livewell, and any other containers. This includes draining water from the motor, bilge, and any other areas that may hold water.
 
DRY: Allow your boat and gear to dry completely before launching in another body of water. This can take several days, depending on the weather and humidity levels.
 
By following these steps, boaters and anglers can help prevent the spread of invasive species like zebra mussels, quagga mussels, and Eurasian watermilfoil. These invasive species can have a devastating impact on native fish populations, disrupt recreational activities, and damage infrastructure like pipes and water intakes.

In Montana, it is required by law to clean, drain, and dry all boats, trailers, and gear before launching in any body of water. Violators can face fines and other penalties.
 
 

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