Watercraft Inspection Station Coming to Lemhi County

Release Date: Apr 20, 2018  

Watercraft Inspection

NORTH FORK, Idaho – Starting May 18, 2018, a new watercraft inspection station, funded by Idaho State Department of Agriculture (ISDA) and operated by Lemhi County, will open in North Fork at the intersection of US Highway 93 and the Salmon River Road (Forest Service Road #030). Check stations are established and operated by the State of Idaho to prevent the introduction and spread of non-native, Aquatic Invasive Species (AIS).  An inspection station is equipped to inspect, clean, and approve the continued transport of watercraft to their destination. Inspecting watercraft and conveyances (i.e. trailers) is an effective tool to prevent the spread of AIS. 

All watercraft and conveyances traveling north or south on Highway 93 who are transporting any type of watercraft (motorized, non-motorized, sail-powered, or inflatable) will be inspected for the presence of AIS, especially quagga and zebra mussels.  Inspections will be conducted in accordance with the Idaho State Invasive Species Inspection Protocol.  Per Idaho state law, everyone transporting any kind of watercraft is legally required to stop at all watercraft inspection stations. 

The inspection station will operate all daylight hours, 7 days per week, for a total of 136 watercraft inspection days and will remain open through September 30, 2018.  There will be a minimum of 2 inspectors at all times during all hours of operation to provide a thorough and timely inspection for water recreationalists. 

In 2016, non-native invasive mussels were found at Canyon Ferry and Tiber Reservoir in Montana. This spring already, Idaho watercraft inspection stations have found invasive mussels on eleven watercraft being transported into Idaho. The establishment of non-native, aquatic invasive species in a water body causes ecological disaster and economic harm to agriculture, municipal water supplies and infrastructure, fish and wildlife habitat, recreation, and outfitting and guiding businesses. This new watercraft inspection station at North Fork is intended to protect the Salmon River for all users.

It is important to stop aquatic hitchhikers.  Being a good steward and protecting your waters means being part of the solution to help prevent and slow the spread of aquatic invasive species. Visit http://stopaquatichitchhikers.org/ to learn more about how CLEAN-DRAIN-DRY is part of the solution.

Watercraft inspection stations are Idaho’s first-line of defense against the introduction and spread of AIS.  Overland travel of contaminated watercraft and equipment is believed to be the single largest vector for AIS movement from one water system to the next.  Please visit http://invasivespecies.idaho.gov/watercraft-inspection-stations/ for more information.