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Aquatic Invasive Species (AIS) Best Management Practices for Water Access Providers

These best management practices for water accesses have been developed by the DNR in an effort to reduce the spread of aquatic invasive species (AIS).

By following these guidelines, providers of public and private boat access facilities can create visible and functional designated areas where boaters can clean and drain boating equipment and conduct other AIS prevention activities.


The goal of these best management practices is to:

  • Provide a level of consistency and familiarity for boaters in and around designated AIS prevention areas
  • Increase AIS awareness at boat accesses
  • Provide a safe environment for all types of access users

Following these guidelines is strongly encouraged but not mandatory. It is unlikely that best management practices will be fully established at every boat access in the state. Some access sites may not be able to accommodate the full range of these best management practices, and depending on the site's location and the type of use it receives, others may not need to employ all of the recommended practices.

High use water accesses on infested lakes and rivers are the highest priority for implementation. Program budgets will influence how much can be accomplished. These recommended best management practices may change over time as access providers become familiar with the most effective strategies, or as new AIS prevention methods or technologies are developed.


Nancy Stewart, Public Water Access and Fishing Pier Program Coordinator, 651-259-5616.

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