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In South Dakota, no person may launch or attempt to launch a boat or boat trailer into state waters with an AIS attached or on board. Except for emergency response boats, all trailered boats must have all drain plugs, bailers, valves, or other water drainage devices opened or removed unless the boat is in a boat ramp parking area, being launched or loaded, or en route from a body of water to an immediately adjacent fish cleaning station. Any boat or boat trailer may be inspected by a department representative who may require the removal of aquatic vegetation and AIS from any boat, motor, trailer, and associated equipment. If an AIS is found during inspection, a department-approved decontamination process, specific to the AIS present, is required before launching or transport of the boat to other waters.

Hydrilla on boat's motor and trailer

To help protect South Dakota waters:

  • Inspect your boat, trailer, and equipment, and remove any visible plants, animals, or mud you see before leaving the area.
  • Drain all water from your boat, motor, live wells, ballasts, and bilge on land before leaving the area.
  • Dispose of unwanted bait in the trash. Never release or dump live bait into a body of water or release aquatic animals from one body of water into another.
  • Rinse or dry your boat, trailer, and fishing equipment to remove or kill species that were not visible when you left a body of water. Before transporting to another body of water, rinse your vessel with high pressure and/or hot water or air-dry it for at least five days.
  • Learn to identify AIS, and report any suspected sighting to the nearest SDGFP office.
  • For more information and resources on Aquatic Invasive Species in South Dakota, visit www.sdleastwanted.com.