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Hydrilla on boat's motor and trailer

Do your part to protect Texas waters—Clean, drain, and dry!

  • CLEAN: Before leaving the ramp, do a “walk around” inspection. Remove any plants, mussels, and other debris from the boat, trailer, and gear.
  • DRAIN: Drain your boat, motor, bait buckets, and other water-retaining compartments. Keep your drain plug out until you get home.
  • DRY: Let boat dry for a week or more before visiting another lake. Leave all compartments open and gear out to air dry. If you aren’t able to dry it this long, then wash everything thoroughly.

It is illegal to transport invasive species or to leave a public water body without draining all water and removing all harmful plants and animals from your boat and trailer.

If you see zebra mussels attached to a boat, call TPWD at 800-792-4263.

Learn more at www.tpwd.texas.gov/invasivespecies.