Temporary Boating Closure on Beaver Lake Lifted


KALISPELL, Mont. -- State officials have lifted the temporary watercraft closure of Beaver Lake north of Kalispell after work to control Eurasian watermilfoil, an invasive plant species discovered in the lake last year.


The temporary quarantine signed July 18, 2012 closed the public boat ramp and prohibited motorized and nonmotorized watercraft throughout the lake.


Dave Burch, weed program manager at the Montana Department of Agriculture, said dredge diving and bottom barrier control methods were used. With those measures complete, he said the risk of watercraft spreading the aquatic weed is not a threat at this time.


Burch said he wanted to thank the many agencies, cabin owners, organizations and the public for their help and support in implementing the plan. "We need to work together when dealing with this type of situation," he said. "This closure was a great example of how these programs should work."


For more information, contact Dave Burch at (406) 444-3140 or by e-mail at




Dave Burch

Weed Program Manager
Montana Department of Agriculture
302 N Roberts
Helena, MT 59601
Phone: (406) 444-3140
Fax: (406) 444-9466


Published: August 1, 2012 4:02:00 PM MDT.
Last Modified: August 1, 2012 4:06:29 PM MDT