Moving a watercraft from one water body to another? CLEAN DRAIN AND DRY your watercraft, gear and water toys

1. Clean off all plant parts, animals, and mud from boat and equipment (e.g. boots, waders, fishing gear). Use power wash station if available.

2. Drain onto land all items that can hold water (e.g. buckets, wells, bilge, and ballast).

3. Dry all items completely before launching into another body of water.

Click here to see our new brochure with car wash locations to clean your watercraft and updated map of invasive mussel known locations.

Aquatic invasive species are plants, fish and animals that are not from BC, and that can have serious negative impacts on our environment, economy, and society. The most frequent and unintentional transmission of aquatic invasives from one lake or river to another is through the movement of watercraft and recreational equipment.

To report Aquatic Invasive Species click this link!

Did you know?  

  • Invasive calms (Corbicula fluminea) have recently been discovered in the Shuswap Lake and could cause significant economic impacts?
  • Eurasian water milfoil was accidentally introduced to several lakes in the region and has seriously impacted recreational boating and swimming opportunities;
  • Whirling disease can be transmitted by infested mud and can decimate salmon populations;
  • Zebra and quagga mussels are not known in BC but if accidental introduced to BC waterways could send our water and power costs skyrocketing.

Bringing a watercraft into BC?   It is mandatory to stop at Watercraft Inspection Stations

Do not launch your boat into BC waters unless it has been inspected.  If you require an inspection call 1 877 952 7277

Marinas, boat brokers and boat haulers, please see the Aquatic Industry Best Management Practices document here.

To Report an Invasive Mussel:

Call 1-877-952-RAPP (7277)

To see Aquatic Invasive Species of concern in the Columbia Shuswap click here!

To continue to enjoy our pristine waterways it is vitally important that all boat types, big and small, are CLEANED, DRAINED and DRIED before moving from one water body to another.


wake board boatEmily Spiler

Columbia Shuswap Invasive Species Society