MN DNR Release ~ May 26, 2016


The 2016 Minnesota boating season will be another record-breaker, with more than 800 watercraft inspectors helping to prevent the spread of aquatic invasive species in Minnesota. Counties employ and supervise the vast majority of the inspectors, all trained by the Department of Natural Resources.

People who have any questions about the watercraft inspection process or comments on their experience with a watercraft inspector, should note the date, time and location and send them to so a DNR staff person can respond.

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Invasive species decontamination training

DNR offers businesses free invasive species decontamination training

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources is offering free invasive species decontamination training again this summer for lake service providers, such as businesses that rent boats, fishing equipment, and often manage marinas or other lakeside operations.

Participants will receive instruction and hands-on practice in hot-water/high-pressure decontamination methods to remove aquatic invasive species from watercraft.

“This is our fourth year offering free decontamination training to lake service providers,” said April Rust, DNR invasive species training coordinator. “The class helps businesses gain the skills they need – and learn the tricks of the trade – to provide aquatic invasive species decontamination services to their customers.”

Businesses that complete the training will be marked as trained to use hot-water/high-pressure decontamination equipment on the online list of permitted lake service providers.

Preregistration is required. Trainings are scheduled on:

  • Thursday, June 23, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Northland Arboretum, Brainerd.
  • Tuesday, June 28, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Tonka Bay Marina, Tonka Bay.
  • Wednesday, July 13, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Beltrami Electric, Bemidji.

Registration deadlines are one week prior to each session. Classes will be cancelled if the registration minimum is not reached.

To register, or for more information about decontamination training, contact April Rust, invasive species training coordinator, at or call 651-259-5706 or 888-646-6367.

Official 2016 Ice-Out Date ~ March 17!

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Summer Fun on Lake Minnetonka!

Check out the attractions on Lake Minnetonka July 16-18:

  • Excelsior Crazy Days ~ deals going on all around town
  • Spirit of the Lakes Festival ~ Surfside Beach in Mound
  • Fireworks Display ~ Saturday 7/18 at Dusk ~ Surfside Beach
  • Wayzata Crazy Days ~ deals going on all around town

Happy Memorial Day Weekend

It is important to remember those that have served our country and extend our gratitude.

Check out our Facebook Page for safe boating tips and keep safe this weekend!

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