Crow Wing County has installed a permanent AIS Decontamination Station at the Crosslake Joint Highway Maintenance Facility at 13870 Whipple Drive in Crosslake (1/2 mile south of the dam off of County Road 3). The station will be open from 7:00 AM to 9:00 PM from Friday through Monday. Please note there is no on-call availability for the Crosslake decontamination unit starting in 2019.
Decontamination at the station will consist of a hot water rinse to kill zebra mussels, and pressure wash to remove plant material from boats, motors, trailers, and other equipment. The station is operated by DNR-trained, certified inspectors who will ensure the process is effective and safe. Decontamination will be provided to boaters free of charge.
For any decontamination, either mandatory or “courtesy”, the Crow Wing County Decon. Hotline can be called at 218-824-1055. The automated messaging will direct customers to decontamination stations
County and Level 1 DNR inspectors will be directing boaters to the station for decontamination if it is deemed necessary per the DNR guidelines:
- If AIS or other unknown substances or stuck on plants are discovered during an inspection at the boat landing.
- If a watercraft has been in infested waters for more than 24 hours.
- If the watercraft is being transported to a new water body within 24 hours.
- Water that cannot be drained or verified (i.e. water you cannot see, such as water in ballast tanks).
- An inspector or law officer deems it necessary.
Click here to go to the Crow Wing County website for more information about this and other AIS prevention efforts.