Department of Natural Resources
and Conservation

Montana Fish, Wildlife
and Parks
Bureau of Reclamation
Program Manager Training Partner
Whitefish Lake Institute Flathead Lake Biological Station

UCLN participating groups

We are actively recruiting volunteers and watershed groups to monitor additional lakes in the Upper Columbia Watershed in Montana. If you are interested in learning more, contact Durae Belcer at

Secchi disks help measure water clarity which is among the most important parameters that can be monitored for lake health trends.
Dickey Lake shows off its colors from the boat launch where plankton tow samples are collected.
Lakes in Montana’s Upper Columbia Watershed range in size, recreation pressure and risk of AIS infestion but even small remote lakes like Fish Lake are at risk of AIS infestation.