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