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Road-Side Inspection Stations
Idaho’s inspection stations are placed on major highways at or near the Idaho state line. This strategy is taken to maximize contact with boats that are travelling into the state from impacted states.
Boats that have been in mussel-infested states recently (within the last 30 days), watercraft coming from another state (especially commercially hauled boats), boats that show a lot of dirt, grime, or slime below the waterline or boats that have standing water on board are considered “High-risk” to the state of Idaho.
High-risk inspections are intense and include a thorough inspection of the exterior and interior parts of the boat. The inspection includes a thorough and complete visual and tactile inspection of all portions of the boat, including compartments, bilge, trailer and any equipment, gear, ropes or anchors.
If any biological material is found on the boat or equipment, the inspectors conduct a roadside “hotwash” of the watercraft. This is done to prevent the spread of other invasive species such as New Zealand mudsnail, Eurasian watermilfoil and hydrilla.
A total of 93 mussel-fouled boats have been intercepted in Idaho since July of 2009. More than 100,000 inspections have been conducted since July 2009 as well.
Interactive map of 2011 Inspection data.
Inspection Station Locations and data: