If you are transporting a boat:

  • Clean the boat
  • Drain the boat
  • Dry the boat
  • And ALWAYS contact the destination state or province to understand the laws and regulations that jurisdiction has for boats coming from other states. To minimize travel delays and ensure compliance with state law, an inspection of your watercraft will be scheduled in your destination state.

How do you know if your boat is dry? Check out the Dry Time Estimator.


Locations of 2017 Watercraft Inspection Stations


2016 WID Regional Watercraft Inspection Station Viewer



The following is the contact list of state and provincial representatives that can provide you with the information and tools you need to successfully transport your boat. Click on the destination state or province, and the lead aquatic invasive species coordinator for that entity will appear in the left-hand column. 



           Rack card front         Rack card back

A .pdf version of the rack card (above) can be accessed here.


In addition, the following state and provincial Aquatic Invasive Species websites can provide you with additional information:


Page 1 of boat hauler brochure

Page 2 of boat hauler brochure


Moving a boat from one water body to another


1. CLEAN all visible aquatic plants, zebra mussels, and other prohibited invasive species from watercraft, trailers, and water-related equipment before leaving any water access or shoreland. Washing your boat is a good first step, but remember that live mussels can be found up to 30 days after removal from the water - boats have many nooks and crannies where invasive species can hide. DISPOSE of unwanted bait, including minnows, leeches, and worms, in the trash. It is illegal to release bait into a waterbody or release aquatic animals from one waterbody to another. If you want to keep your bait, you must refill the bait container with bottled or tap water.


2. DRAIN water-related equipment (boat, ballast tanks, portable bait containers, motor) and drain  bilge, livewell and baitwell by removing drain plugs before leaving a water access or shoreline property. Keep drain plugs out and water-draining devices open while transporting watercraft.



3. DRY your boat. Remember that live mussels can be found up to 30 days after removal from the water.

  • Remove the drain plug.
  • Do not transport aquatic plants, zebra or quagga mussels, or other prohibited species on any roadway.
  • Launch watercraft with no prohibited species attached.
  • Never release bait into the water.



Spray, rinse, dry — Some invasive species are small and difficult to see at the access. To remove or kill them, take one or more of the following precautions before moving to another waterbody, especially after leaving zebra mussel and spiny waterflea infested waters:     

  • Spray with high-pressure water
  • Rinse with very hot water*
  • Dry for at least 5 days

Run motor and personal watercraft for a few seconds to discharge water before leaving a water access.