Protect Minnesota Waters from Invasive Species

When boating or fishing in Minnesota, protect the waters by following the Minnesota state laws for aquatic invasive species.

CREATOR: gd-jpeg v1.0 (using IJG JPEG v62), quality = 90

The Minnesota State Law requires docks and boat lifts to be removed from the water for at least 21 days before putting them into another body of water.

Northwoods Dock and Service has always been committed to protecting Minnesota’s lakes. We take every precaution to ensure that aquatic invasive species are never transferred from one lake to another. In March 2011, we took an extra step in proving our commitment to the health and well-being of Minnesota lakes by participating in an Invasive Species Training, Prevention, and Management course conducted by the Minnesota DNR. We promise to always do our part. Visit the Minnesota DNR’s Stop Aquatic Hitchhikers program website to learn what you can do to help.

man wearing black waterproof suit while cleaning hull of power boat

In an effort to keep Minnesota waters healthy and free of harmful invasive species, it is important to clean all visible aquatic plants, zebra mussels, or other invasive species from watercraft, trailers, and all water-related equipment before leaving the water access or shoreland.


Don’t forget to always drain water-related equipment by removing the drain plugs before leaving the water access or shoreland. Keep the drain plugs out while transporting watercraft equipment. Failure to drain the plugs can pose the risk of spreading fish diseases.

Throw the garbage bag into the trash can

Dispose of unwanted bait, including minnows, leeches, and worms, in a trash receptacle. Under Minnesota State Law, it is illegal to release bait into a body of water or release aquatic animals from one body of water to another. If you wish to keep the bait, you must refill the bait container with bottled or tap water.