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Boaters Gearing Up For July 4 Weekend May Need Inspection


As boaters flock to the rivers and lakes across the state for July 4th weekend, keep in mind the rules aimed at preventing aquatic invasive species from spreading.

Just as in the past, watercraft owners must stop at all open inspection stations they encounter. These stops are brief and include a short series of questions and inspection of the boat and trailer.

Watercraft owners can make this process quick and easy if they consistently practice Clean, Drain and Dry.

Clean all mud and debris from the watercraft and trailer. Pull drain plugs and make sure all compartments, bilges and ballasts are drained.