Watercraft Inspection Program

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The annual watercraft inspection program is underway for 2019. The decontamination units will be available at locations throughout the spring, summer and fall. There is no cost to use this service. The schedule will be updated on a weekly basis. Reminder, set fines for aquatic invasive species (AIS) offences are in effect.

Note: Decontamination units are available at all stations unless otherwise stated or if something occurs beyond our control.

 

Wednesday, July 17

Thursday, July 18

Friday, July 19

Saturday, July 20

Sunday, July 21

Monday, July 22

Tuesday, July 23

Wednesday, July 24

Thursday, July 25

Selkirk
Selkirk Park
boat launch

12:30p.m. - 7:30p.m.

12:30p.m. - 7:30p.m.

12:30p.m. - 7:30p.m.

9:30a.m. - 7:30p.m.

9:30a.m. - 7:30p.m.

9:30a.m. - 7:30p.m.

12:30p.m. - 7:30p.m.

12:30p.m. - 7:30p.m.

12:30p.m. - 7:30p.m.

Headingley
Weigh Station

1:00p.m. - 7:00p.m.

1:00p.m. - 7:00p.m.

1:00p.m. - 7:00p.m.

 

11:00a.m. - 5:00p.m.

11:00a.m. - 5:00p.m.

9:00a.m. - 8:30p.m.

1:00p.m. - 7:00p.m.

1:00p.m. - 7:00p.m.

1:00p.m. - 7:00p.m.

Mulvihill
Hwy 6 at 68W
(north of Eriksdale)

 

1:00p.m. - 7:00p.m.

1:00p.m. - 7:00p.m.

11:00a.m. - 5:00p.m.

11:00a.m. - 5:00p.m.

1:00p.m. - 7:00p.m.

 

 

1:00p.m. - 7:00p.m.

The Pas
Hwy 10 at
Prospector
(south of Hwy 287)

8:00a.m. - 2:00p.m.

1:00p.m. - 7:00p.m.

1:00p.m. - 7:00p.m.

8:00a.m. - 2:00p.m.

8:00a.m. - 2:00p.m.

8:00a.m. - 2:00p.m.

11:00a.m. - 5:00p.m.

11:00a.m. - 5:00p.m.

1:00p.m. - 7:00p.m.

Swan River
Hwy 10 @ Westwood Inn

 

1:00p.m. - 7:00p.m.

1:00p.m. - 7:00p.m.

9:00a.m. - 3:00p.m.

9:00a.m. - 3:00p.m.

9:00a.m. - 3:00p.m.

 

 

1:00p.m. - 7:00p.m.

Grand Rapids
Hwy 6 at Grand Rapids Dr.

9:30a.m. - 3:30p.m.

1:00p.m. - 7:00p.m.

10:00a.m. - 4:00p.m.

12:00p.m. - 6:00p.m.

12:00p.m. - 6:00p.m.

8:00a.m. - 8:30p.m.

1:00p.m. - 7:00p.m.

9:30a.m. - 3:30p.m.

1:00p.m. - 7:00p.m.

Updated July 17, 2019

To stop the spread of AIS, water-users need to Clean, Drain, Dry, Dispose and if necessary, Decontaminate before moving watercraft and water-related equipment from one water body to another. These requirements are in effect year round. For more information, click here.

The overland movement of watercraft is the primary vector for transporting AIS to uninvaded water bodies in North America. A watercraft, as defined under The Water Protection Act means a motor boat, sailboat, personal watercraft, canoe or other thing designed to transport a person on water.

The watercraft inspection program largely targets day-use boaters leaving invaded water bodies as they pose the highest risk for transferring AIS such as larval zebra mussels, called veligers, to new uninvaded water bodies. Watercraft that have been moored in zebra mussel invaded water bodies for an extended period are also a high risk for transporting zebra mussel veligers and attached adults.


Watercraft inspectors conducting a decontamination on a watercraft at Selkirk Park, Selkirk Manitoba.

All watercraft must stop for an inspection when the watercraft stations are open. This is a legal requirement under The Water Protection Act. Be prepared to have your watercraft and water-related equipment inspected and plan your travels accordingly. The fine for failing to stop at a watercraft inspection station while transporting a watercraft is $672. 

Watercraft and water-related equipment must be decontaminated if they were last used in an AIS Control Zone water body and before they are placed into another water body. Note AIS Control Zones include all tributaries of the water body until the first impassible barrier. To learn about the additional required decontamination steps, click here.

A total of six decontamination units are used around the province targeting the overland movement of high-risk watercraft being transported on highways and at high-traffic boating areas. The decontamination units used by the watercraft inspection program operate using low pressure, hot water at close range to kill AIS, and if necessary, high pressure to remove any attached AIS from watercraft, the trailer and other water-related equipment.

All water-users play an important role in protecting our water bodies from AIS. Learn how you can help.

The objectives of the watercraft inspection program are to:

  • stop the spread of AIS, with a focus on zebra mussels, from invaded to non-invaded water bodies within Manitoba
  • stop the introduction of AIS into Manitoba from invaded water bodies outside the province

The watercraft inspection program achieves these objectives by:

  • informing watercraft users about aquatic invasive threats and how all water users play an important role to help protect Manitoba's water bodies from AIS
  • stop the introduction of AIS into Manitoba from invaded water bodies outside the province
  • demonstrating to watercraft users how to clean, drain, and dry watercraft and water-related equipment and informing boaters to dispose of bait used in an AIS Control Zone in the trash before leaving the shore.
  • assessing the risk of transferring AIS by the overland moment of watercraft to ensure compliance with the law through triage and inspection
  • performing decontaminations on-site, or issuing decontamination orders to those who have exited an AIS Control Zone and present a high risk for transporting AIS