Holiday Boaters Asked to Review Invasive Species Laws

Updated: 07/05/2013 7:45 AM By: Stephen Tellier

Boater on Lake Minnetonka.
Boater on Lake Minnetonka.
Photo: Photo: KSTP/Jim O'Connell

Boaters are flocking to lakes across Minnesota this Fourth of July weekend.

Hundreds of boats populated Lake Minnetonka by the early afternoon Thursday. The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources is reminding boaters to follow the state's aquatic species law.

"We're inspecting boats, making sure people are coming in with the drain plugs out, no vegetation or anything like that on the trailers," William Baer, a law compliance representative with the DNR, said.

Baer and two other boat inspectors were also talking to as many boaters as they could at the Gray's Bay boat launch on Lake Minnetonka.

"The main line of defense we have is education, which is why we're here. We can't be at the access 24 hours, so really, we're just trying to talk to as many people as we can so they know the laws and they know what to be doing," Baer said.

The law requires boaters to: