As more people get out on the water, the potential to spread aquatic invasive species increases. The DNR reminds boaters and others enjoying the water to get rid of aquatic hitchhikers by cleaning, draining, and drying their watercraft once they leave the water.
- Clean all equipment that touched the water. This includes watercraft hulls, trailers, shoes, waders, life vests, engines, and other gear. Remove all visible plants, algae, animals, and mud.
- Drain accumulated water from watercraft or gear, including live wells and transom wells, before leaving the ramp or public access point.
- Dry all gear for at least five days before using it in a different water body.
Learn more about aquatic invasive species on our website.