Lyon County AIS Concerns

With the news that zebra mussel was found in Murray County (Lake Sarah) it is clear that no lake is immune from potential AIS threats. Aquatic Invasive Species (AIS) refers to all aquatic species not native to our region that were transported here through several pathways. Please remember to follow State of Minnesota invasive species laws by taking the steps below, or learn more at the MN DNR AIS website.


1. CLEAN all visible aquatic plants, zebra mussels, and other prohibited invasive species from watercraft, trailers, and water-related equipment before leaving any water access or shoreland.


2. DRAIN water-related equipment (boat, ballast tanks, portable bait containers, motor) and drain bilge, livewell and baitwell by removing drain plugs before leaving a water access or shoreline property. Keep drain plugs out and water-draining devices open while transporting watercraft.

Q&A – Boat draining, drain plugs, and bait container draining  PDF


3. DISPOSE of unwanted bait, including minnows, leeches, and worms, in the trash. It is illegal to release bait into a waterbody or release aquatic animals from one waterbody to another. If you want to keep your bait, you must refill the bait container with bottled or tap water.

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