Clean, Drain, and Dry Your Boat To Stop Spread Of Aquatic Invasive Species

(UNDATED) – As the weather warms and more people get out on their boats, the Indiana Department of Natural Resources reminds boaters to prevent the spread of aquatic invasive species by cleaning, draining, and drying their watercraft when they are finished on the water.

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Aquatic invasive species (AIS) are non-native marine animals, plants, microorganisms, and pathogens that can hurt native aquatic plants and wildlife, harming the environment, human health, and businesses. They arrive in a variety of ways, including on trailers, on boat hulls and motors, on fishing gear, and through the pet trade.
Clean: When leaving the water, clean all equipment that touched the water. This includes watercraft hulls, trailers, shoes, waders, life vests, engines, and other gear. Remove all visible plants, algae, animals, and mud.
Drain: Drain accumulated water from watercraft or gear, including live wells and transom wells, before leaving the ramp or public access point.
Dry: Once home, let all gear dry for at least five days before using it in a different water body.
If you suspect you have found an aquatic invasive plant, fish, mollusk, or crustacean, report it to the Division of Fish & Wildlife at, through the Report IN app at, or by calling the Invasive Species Hotline at 866-NO-EXOTIC (866-663-9684).