Aquatic Invasive Species (AIS)

Environmental Services Department


2019 Supplemental Funding Letters:
Now Available on Supplemental Funding Sub-Page

2018 Watercraft Inspection Data:
Now Available on Reports & Resources Sub-Page

Starry Stonewort Confirmed in Hubbard/Beltrami County Lake
On 8/30/2018 the Minnesota DNR confirmed starry stonewort to be present in Wolf Lake on the Hubbard/Beltrami county line just west of Bemidji. The infestation was discovered by citizen volunteers on 8/18/2018 during the annual Starry Trek across Minnesota. Wolf Lake was the only confirmed infestation of starry stonewort out of the 187 Minnesota lakes that were checked on the trek.  The infestation was discovered near an undeveloped water access point in a Minnesota Wildlife Management Area.  The starry stonewort bed has since been surveyed by the Minnesota DNR and was determined to span a 1/3 acre area. 

Hubbard County has now had a total of three lakes added to the Infested Waters List during the 2018 open-water season.  The list of lakes as well as what they contain are as follows:

  • George - Faucet Snail
  • Third Crow Wing - Faucet Snail
  • Wolf (Hubbard/Beltrami county) – Starry Stonewort

It is important to remember to Clean, Drain, and Dispose when using lakes and rivers in Minnesota.  Public water users can cut down on the risk of spreading invasive species by draining all water from their equipment, cleaning off any vegetation on their equipment, and disposing of unwanted bait.

When purchasing or moving a dock or boat lift from one waterbody to another, it is important to remember that it is Minnesota State law to leave the dock or boat lift out of the water for at least 21 days.  This law applies to all lakes and rivers in Minnesota whether infested or not.

Any questions about these new infestations should be directed to either Hubbard County Environmental Services Department or the local MN DNR office.

Watercraft Inspection Program

Aquatic Invasive Species (AIS) are plants, animals, and algae that are not native to the local ecosystem.  These species cause ecological, and may even cause economic harm by changing the ecosystems of lakes and rivers.  Because they are not a natural part of our ecosystems, when introduced they can begin to take over and out compete native species.  Here in northern Minnesota our lakes and rivers support our local economies and are vital to our community.  Protecting and preserving these resources is crucial to Minnesota communities.

Hubbard County has been very proactive in AIS prevention over the years.  The local community is very involved and supportive of the Aquatic Invasive Species Program.  The Program is made up of several key parts that work together to prevent the spread of Aquatic Invasive Species.  One of these key parts is the Watercraft Inspection Program.  This Program consists of MN DNR certified and trained Level I Watercraft Inspectors working at public water accesses in Hubbard County.  These Inspectors work with boaters to educate them on where to look for plants, water, and mud on boats and trailers.    

The Aquatic Invasive Species Program also focuses on educating the local community about AIS and prevention practices.  Building strong relationships with local resorts, bait shops, radio stations, and newspapers is very important.  AIS prevention falls back on all public water users, and it is the responsibility of the resource user to use best management practices to limit the spread of AIS.  For more information on how to limit the spread of AIS please refer to the links on the left-hand side of this page.

Hubbard County FREE Watercraft Decontamination Station 

Watercraft decontamination is a free service provided by Hubbard County.  Decontamination is an important step in preventing the spread of Aquatic Invasive Species.  The Hubbard County decontamination station is staffed by trained and certified Level II Watercraft Inspectors.  The decontamination process consists of three possible components; hand removal, hot water treatment, and high-pressure treatment.  If there are plants or mussels attached to a boat they can be removed by hand or with high-pressure water.  Any organisms that may be too small to see can be killed by flushing with hot water 100-140°  F.  

The Hubbard County decontamination station is located at:
812 Henrietta Ave. S 

Park Rapids, MN 56470 
Available 7 Days a Week On-Call: 218-252-6738

Looking for a Decontamination Station Closer to Bemidji?
Try Beltrami County's FREE Decontamination Station
2400 Middle School Drive
Bemidji, MN 56601
Available 7 Days a Week On-Call: 218-760-8519