Beltrami County’s watercraft decontamination station now open

The Beltrami County Aquatic Invasive Species Program opened its free watercraft decontamination station on Monday.

The site is operated by Beltrami County level 2 watercraft inspectors who were trained the previous week to become DNR-authorized.  Ray’s Sport and Marine  offered a boat for use in the training.

Boaters should consider getting a watercraft decontamination if they are launching into multiple waterbodies within 5 days of each other.

If a watercraft needs to be decontaminated, boaters can call 218-760-8519 to set up an appointment.

The decontamination process typically includes hot water flushing of watercraft and related equipment with 100- to 140-degree water, and can take anywhere from 15 to 45 minutes.

The watercraft decontamination site is behind Target at 2400 Middle School Road. For other decon sites: www.mndnr.gov/decon


Larissa Donovan is the News Director for the stations of Paul Bunyan Broadcasting and has been, almost without interruption, since Election Day 2016. She covers events and issues in north-central Minnesota, which include local government, crime, courts, education, environment, and social issues. She studied communications at Bemidji State University and received her degree in 2018. Larissa, native to the great state of New York, grew up in Bemidji and enjoys spending her spare time with her son Logan, daughter Brigid, and pets Vincent and Piper. She also loves reading, Star Trek, and gardening... badly.


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