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Often we are so focused on “getting there” that we forget about the importance of protecting our environment. Unfortunately, just like our own yards – neglect can lead to disaster. That’s why we partnered with Montana Fish, Wildlife, and Parks, Gunaxin.com and ManTripping.com to talk about the importance of preventing the spread of Aquatic Invasive Species.

Here’s a table outlining measures that boaters can take to prevent the spread of invasive aquatic species while traveling to or within Montana:

Clean Your Boat Thoroughly clean all parts of your boat, trailer, and gear to remove any plants, animals, and mud. Removes visible debris and organisms that can hitch a ride to new waters.
Drain All Water Before leaving any waterbody, ensure all water is drained from your boat, bilge, motor, and gear. Prevents aquatic hitchhikers from being transferred to other bodies of water.
Dry Your Equipment Allow your boat and gear to dry completely before entering another waterbody. Drying is an effective way to kill many types of invasive species that can cling to wet surfaces.
Inspect Thoroughly Check all areas of your boat and trailer, including hidden and hard-to-reach spots, for any remnants. Detailed inspection ensures that no invasive species are overlooked.
Use Certified Bait Only use bait that is certified as disease-free, and never release bait into waterways. Reduces the risk of introducing non-native species and diseases.

By adhering to these actions, boaters can significantly help in preventing the spread of aquatic species and ultimately help protect Montana's waterways.


Luckily, it’s pretty easy to help prevent the spread of aquatic invaders … you just have to pay attention.

For those of you who didn’t watch the video above, it’s as simple as Clean, Drain, Dry.

Before leaving the water access area, make sure that your boat and gear is clean of all plants, mud, and slime that might have attached to it while boating. Then be diligent to ensure that you drain everything – including bait wells, and any pockets where water might have collected in the bilge, engine, trailer, or gear. Finally, make sure that everything is dry before heading home.

If you follow these simple guidelines you’ll be able to help prevent the spread of Aquatic Invasive Species and protect Montana’s waterways for future generations.

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Finally … make sure to stop at any applicable watercraft inspection station and heed the advice of the inspectors. They are here to help make sure that everyone has a good time and that we protect this amazing natural resource.

To learn more about this important topic by visiting CleanDrainDryMT.com or asking any questions on their Facebook Page.

You can also read Gunaxin’s and ManTripping’s thoughts on the subject.