Watercraft Decontamination Information

 If you have family or guests coming to visit bringing their own boat or personal watercraft, be sure to tell them about the  Hubbard County Decontamination Station  in Park Rapids and encourage them to use it.
  • Watercraft decontamination is a free service provided by the Hubbard County Environmental Services Department.
  • Located at 812 Henrietta Avenue South, Park Rapids, MN 56470 (between the Detail Shop and Hubbard County Transfer Station)
Decontaminate
  • If you have family or guests coming to visit bringing their own boat or personal watercraft, be sure to tell them about the  Hubbard County Decontamination Station  in Park Rapids and encourage them to use it.  Watercraft decontamination is a free service provided by the Hubbard County Environmental Services Department.
  • Located at 812 Henrietta Avenue South, Park Rapids, MN 56470 (between the Detail Shop and Hubbard County Transfer Station)
  • The Hubbard County AIS Decontamination Station will not have regular hours for 2018 but will  be available instead for 7 days a week by calling ahead for an appointment - - see the updated literature on the Hubbard County site.  See the date to open is opening of fishing and close mid-Sept for the on-call make an appointment
    http://www.co.hubbard.mn.us/departments/environmental_services/2018%20Decon%20Flyer.pdf  Call 218-252-6738  
Help Stop Aquatic Hitchhikers

If you are a boater, angler, water-skier, sailor, jet ski user, canoeist, etc. - there are some important things you can do to prevent the transport of harmful invasive species from one lake or river to another.  In Minnesota it is illegal to transport aquatic invasive species.

Tips to Stop Aquatic Hitchhikers
  • Inspect and remove aquatic plants and animals before entering/leaving access and drain water before leaving access.
  • Dispose of unwanted live bait in the trash, not in the water or on land, then spray, rinse or dry boats.
  • Learn to Identify Aquatic Invasive Species. (Zebra mussels, Spiny waterfleas, and Invasive plants such as Purple loosestrife)
  • Save a suspected invasive plant or animal in a sealed plastic bag.
  • Report location of suspected invasive species to the MN DNR Invasive Species Specialist, Nicole Kovar, at 218-732-8960, ext. 222.
  • Visit:  http://www.dnr.state.mn.us/invasives/index.html 
Know the Rules
  • Do not transport aquatic plants, zebra mussels, other prohibited invasive species.
  • Do not launch a boat or place a trailer in the water if it has aquatic plants, zebra mussels or other prohibited invasive species attached.
  • Do not transport water from infested waters (bilge, live well, bait buckets, etc.)
  • Use TIP line to report violations:  1-800-652-9093. (or #TIP on your cell phone)
  • Transporting invasive species in Minnesota is subject to a $250 civil penalty, launching is subject to $500 to $1000 civil penalties.

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