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Summer AIS check stations open region-wide

(Wyoming Game and Fish Department)

GILLETTE, Wyo. — Aquatic Invasive Species watercraft check stations are open for the summer with expanded hours across the Sheridan Region, according to the Wyoming Game and Fish Department. 

Per Game and Fish, all watercraft entering Wyoming must be inspected before launching, and watercraft operators must also stop whenever they encounter an open check station on their travel routes. 

According to a June 5 news release, there are check stations at the Sheridan Travel and Tourism Center, at the Northeast Wyoming Welcome Center near Beulah on Interstate 90, behind the Gateway Travel Center in Newcastle, at Lake DeSmet and at Keyhole Reservoir. 

The station in Sheridan is open from 6 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Wednesday and from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday through Sunday, Game and Fish says. The check station near Beulah is open from 5 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily and the Newcastle check station is open from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. 

Check station hours at Lake DeSmet and Keyhole Reservoir vary, though Keyhole typically operates daily and Lake DeSmet operates Thursday through Sunday. In the event either check station is closed, only watercraft that have remained and only been used in Wyoming may launch. Outside-hour inspections can be obtained at other locations. 

Additionally, watercraft operators cannot obtain required AIS decals at check stations; decals are only available through license-selling agents, at a regional office, or through the Game and Fish website.