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.

250,000 inspections have been conducted in Idaho under this program since 2009. Through these inspections 120 mussel-fouled boats have been intercepted in Idaho since July of 2009.

Year Inspections Mussel Fouled Boats
2009
20,711
3
2010
44,136
8
2011
47,027
25
2012
42,383
57
2013
43,778
12
2014
49,380
15


Current 2015 Inspection Station Information