In a first for the state of Minnesota, Wright County has established a regional watercraft decontamination and inspection program. If you wish to launch a watercraft into Lake Sylvia (east and west), Lake John, or Pleasant Lake in Wright County, a free entrance inspection is required. The regional site is in the Annandale Business Park –1300 Business Blvd in Annandale, MN.
The site will open on May 10, and continue operations through October 31.
The site is open seven days a week, a half an hour before sunrise to a half an hour after sunset. After the inspection, and if needed decontamination, you will receive a Proof of Inspection to place in the tow vehicle and a zip-tie seal will be affixed. When launching the watercraft, place the zip-tie seal in a collection box at the lake access.
Are there special provisions for fishing leagues? Yes! If there are 10 or more boats needing an inspection, contact Alicia O’Hare (AIS@wrightswcd.org or 763- 682-1933 ext 3) three business days in advance. A best effort will be made to arrange for free at the access inspections for the event.
Also, a reminder that your Proof of Inspection is good until the zip-tie is broken. So, you can get the inspection done ahead of time and launch when convenient.
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