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Watercraft Inspection Program
Aquatic Invasive Species (AIS) are plants, animals, and algae that are not native to the local ecosystem. These species cause ecological, and may even cause economic harm by changing the ecosystems of lakes and rivers. Because they are not a natural part of our ecosystems, when introduced they can begin to take over and outcompete native species. Here in northen Minnesota our lakes and rivers support our local economies and are vital to our community. Protecting and preserving these resources is crucial to Minnesota communities.
Hubbard County has been very proactive in AIS prevention over the years. The local community is very involved and supportive of the Aquatic Invasive Species Program. The Program is made up of several key parts that work together to prevent the spread of Aquatic Invasive Species. One of these key parts is the Watercraft Inspection Program. This Program consists of MN DNR certified and trained Level I Watercraft Inspectors working at public water accesses in Hubbard County. These Inspectors work with boaters to educate them on where to look for plants, water, and mud on boats and trailers.
The Aquatic Invasive Species Program also focuses on educating the local community about AIS and prevention practices. Building strong relationships with local resorts, bait shops, radio stations, and newspapers is very important. AIS prevention falls back on all public water users, and it is the responsibilty of the resource user to use best management practices to limit the spread of AIS. For more information on how to limit the spread of AIS please refer to the links on the left-hand side of this page.
Watercraft Decontamination Station
Watercraft decontamination is a free service provided by Hubbard County. Decontamination is an important step in preventing the spread of Aquatic Invasive Species. The Hubbard County decontamination station is staffed by trained and certified Level II Watercraft Inspectors. The decontamination process consists of three possible components; hand removal, hot water treatment, and high-pressure treatment. If there are plants or mussels attached to a boat they can be removed by hand or with high-pressure water. Any organisms that may be too small to see can be killed by flushing with hot water 100-140° F.
The Hubbard County decontamination station is located at: 812 Henrietta Ave. S Park Rapids, MN 56470
Hours of Operation: Fridays and Saturdays 12:00 p m - 5:00 p m