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)
- Regular Hrs: Fri & Sat 12:00 - 5:00 PM May - August (exact start / end dates vary)
- All other times by appointment: Call 218-252-6738 (If light outside, can decontaminate watercraft.)
- Map to Hubbard County Decontamination Station: It is 6 miles from South Access and only 2 miles from the North Access of Long Lake.
- Link to state wide courtesy decontamination stations
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
- 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.