Join the fight against invasive mussels!
Take a stand against them before it's too late, and help keep Clear Lake beautiful. To learn more scroll down to "Additional Resources" below.
The Lake County Invasive Mussel Prevention Program has been strengthened with the 2011, Lake County Water Vessel Inspection Ordinance to better protect the water bodies of the County from infestation by Dreissenid mussels, otherwise known as quagga and zebra mussels.
- Requires a mandatory screening that may include a physical inspection for any water vessel prior to launching in a Lake County water body. To find a Quagga Mussel screening location near you, click here.
- Increases the class of violation to a misdemeanor, and fine for violating the ordinance to $1,000
- All trailered vessels are required to obtain either visitor stickers or resident stickers prior to launching.
- Establishes a screening fee of $10.00 for each vessel.
- Bans the disposal of live bait and any liquid that contains or has contained live bait into Lake County water bodies.
The inspection and fee does NOT apply to canoes, kayaks, car-top boats, float tubes, rafts, wind surfers/boards, boogey boards, nonmotorized paddle boats, and nonmotorized sail boats that are eight feet or less in length.
All vessels determined to be "high risk" must complete an inspection prior to launching. Any high risk vessel that is not "Clean, Drained and Dry" may not launch and must be decontaminated.
Is your boat a "high risk" vessel?
Assess the risk of your boat being infested here.
Get your boat inspected today!
To find a Quagga Mussel screening location near you, click here. (Note: a popup window will open)
Download the inspection form here. Print it out and have it ready for your inspector to save time.
Wondering what the County is doing to prevent invasive species from entering Clear Lake? Click here to find out.
FAQ's on invasive mussels can be found here