Help stop the spread of aquatic invasive species

Become a watercraft inspector

3/7/2022 9:21:30 PM

Cheyenne - The Wyoming Game and Fish Department is offering training for members of the public to become a certified Wyoming aquatic invasive species inspector. The free, day-long session is open to anyone interested in preventing the spread of AIS through watercraft inspection.

The training includes information on basic biology of invasive species, the impacts of AIS, transport vectors and distribution of AIS. It includes classroom instruction, a question-and-answer session and a hands-on watercraft inspection exercise. Those who complete the class will be certified to inspect watercraft. 

Aquatic invasive species are animals like zebra and quagga mussels, rusty crayfish or vegetation such as curly pondweed. These organisms can wreak havoc when introduced into a water system. Many invasive species permanently change stream and lake ecology, negatively affecting native species and prized sport fisheries.

“Thorough watercraft inspections continue to be the best defense against aquatic invasive species,” said Josh Leonard, Game and Fish aquatic invasive species coordinator. “Our goal is to certify more people to assist with these inspections when Game and Fish check stations are not available and help keep AIS and Clean, Drain, Dry procedures for boats top of mind.”

Trainings are offered as a one-day course from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. throughout the spring in statewide locations. Registration deadline is one week prior to the class start date. The course schedule is:

Date City Location
March 19 Scottsbluff, Nebraska Platte Valley Bank
March 26 Keyhole Reservoir Pine Haven Town Hall
April 9 Laramie Laramie Game and Fish Regional Office
April 23 Evanston Patterson Visitor Center
April 16 Green River Green River Game and Fish Regional Office
April 23 Casper Casper Game and Fish Regional Office
April 9 Rapid City, South Dakota The Outdoor Campus West, 4130 Adventure Trail 
April 2 Sheridan Sheridan Game and Fish Regional Office
May 13 Cody Cody Game and Fish Regional Office
June 11 Jackson Jackson Game and Fish Regional Office
Anyone can register online or by contacting Josh Leonard at (307) 721-1374 or Please provide your name, mailing address, phone number and email address. 

(Sara DiRienzo, Public Information Officer - (

- WGFD -

  • information

Keyhole, Glendo watercraft will be inspected before launching

Expect delays; limited boat ramps, hours at both locations

Continue reading...

Albert Sommers receives national conservation and stewardship award

Wyoming rancher and Sublette County Legislator Albert Sommers is the recipient of the 2022 National Private Lands Fish and Wildlife Stewardship Award.

Continue reading...

Be bear aware when recreating this fall

Whether you are hunting, fishing, hiking or enjoying Wyoming’s open spaces this fall, stay safe by being alert for signs of bears.

Continue reading...

Notice: Wyoming watercraft registration closing for fall

Watercraft registrations will resume again Nov. 1, 2022.

Continue reading...

Game and Fish asks public for help with HPAI

Birds in Wyoming are again testing positive for highly pathogenic avian influenza.

Continue reading...

Asian clams confirmed in Glendo Reservoir

Asian clams have been found in Wyoming before, identified in nearby Guernsey Reservoir in 2019 and the North Platte River in 2014. 

Continue reading...

New deputy chief of wildlife appointed at Game and Fish

Craig Smith will assume the post beginning Oct. 1

Continue reading...

Game and Fish Commission invests more dollars for wildlife crossings

Department to begin public process on nonresident elk licenses

Continue reading...

Game and Fish releases 2021 Law Enforcement Report

The report details key statistics, operations and accomplishments of game wardens, wildlife investigators and other employees dedicated to protecting one of Wyoming’s greatest natural resources — wildlife. 

Continue reading...

Email Newsletter

Email Newsletter Sign Up

Stay up to date on all Wyoming Game and Fish news either by email or text message. Click the link below to get started.

Sign Up Today


Conserving Wildlife - Serving People