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New tool available on Mille Lacs to clean boats, prevent spread of aquatic invasive species

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Mille Lacs County and the Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe DNR joined forces to provide a new tool that aims to stop the spread of aquatic invasive species.

A CD3 cleaning station was installed at the Shaw-Bosh-Kung Bay public access on the west side of Mille Lacs Lake about 8 miles south of Garrison. The CD3 system is a waterless, boater-operated unit that provides the tools needed to clean, drain, and dry a watercraft and trailer.

The system is available 24/7 and is a self-service solution for the public. Tools including a vacuum, brush, drain plug wrench, and more are available. Removing water and plant fragments from boats and trailers is an important tool in preventing the spread of aquatic invasive species.

The Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe DNR prepared a video that shows how this station can be used to clean boats and prevent the spread of aquatic invasive species. Check out this link to view the video! https://youtu.be/R4yut53xWM0

The following aquatic invasive species are currently found in Mille Lacs Lake:


  • Zebra Mussels

  • Spiny Water Flea

  • Eurasian Water Milfoil

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