DNR Question of the Week

The DNR communications team works with agency experts to develop the weekly questions and provide the answers. This feature addresses current DNR issues, interesting topics, or the most frequently asked questions from around Minnesota.


Q: What should I do if I find zebra mussels while removing my dock or boat lift from the water this fall?

A: If you find zebra mussels or other aquatic invasive species that have not been confirmed on the lake before, please note the exact location, take a photo and keep a sample for positive identification. Find an aquatic invasive species specialist at www.mndnr.gov/invasives/ais/contacts.html or call 888-646-6367.

You may place the dock or lift on the adjacent shoreline, but you must remove all aquatic plants and animals before transporting it to another location for storage, cleaning or repair. A boat lift, dock, swim raft, or associated equipment that has been removed from any water body may not be placed in another water body until a minimum of 21 days have passed. If you are hiring a service provider to transport your equipment, make sure they are permitted by the DNR. You can find a list of permitted lake services providers on the DNR website at www.dnr.state.mn.us/lsp.

-Heidi Wolf, invasive species unit supervisor

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