Watercraft Inspection Program

The annual watercraft inspection program is underway for 2018. All watercraft must stop for an inspection when the watercraft stations are open. This is a legal requirement under The Water Protection Act. Be prepared to have your watercraft and water-related equipment inspected and plan your travels accordingly.

The decontamination units will be available at locations throughout the spring, summer and fall. The schedule will be updated on a weekly basis.

Note: Decontamination units are available at all stations unless otherwise stated or if something occurs beyond our control.

Thursday,
October 18

Friday,
October 19

Saturday,
October 20

Sunday,
October 21

Monday,
October 22

Selkirk
Selkirk Park
boat launch

10:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.

10:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.

10:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.

10:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.

10:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.

Headingley
Weigh Station

11:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

11:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

11:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

NOT OPERATING

11:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Eriksdale/
Mulvihill
Hwy 6 at 68W
(north of Eriksdale)

11:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

11:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

9:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.

11:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

9:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.

The Pas
Hwy 10 at Prospector (south of Hwy 287)

11:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

11:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

9:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.

9:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.

NOT OPERATING

Swan River
Hwy 10 @ Westwood Inn

11:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

11:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

11:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

11:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

NOT OPERATING

Grand Rapids
Hwy 6 at Grand Rapids Dr.

1:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.

11:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

11:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

9:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

NOT OPERATING

Updated October 17, 2018

The overland movement of watercraft is the primary vector for transporting aquatic invasive species to uninvaded water bodies in North America. A watercraft, as defined under The Water Protection Act means a motor boat, sailboat, personal watercraft, canoe or other thing designed to transport a person on water.

The watercraft inspection program largely targets day-use boaters leaving invaded water bodies as they pose the highest risk for transferring aquatic invasive species such as larval zebra mussels, called veligers, to new uninvaded water bodies. Watercraft that have been moored in zebra mussel invaded water bodies for an extended period are also a high risk for transporting zebra mussel veligers and attached adults.


Watercraft inspectors conducting a decontamination on a watercraft at Selkirk Park, Selkirk Manitoba.

Watercraft and water-related equipment must be decontaminated if they were last used in a provincially-designated control zone water body and before they are placed into another water body. To learn about the additional required decontamination steps, click here.

A total of six decontamination units are used around the province targeting the overland movement of high-risk watercraft being transported on highways and at high-traffic boating areas. The decontamination units used by the watercraft inspection program operate using low pressure, hot water at close range to kill aquatic invasive species, and if necessary, high pressure to remove any attached aquatic invasive species from watercraft, the trailer and other water-related equipment.

All water-users play an important role in protecting our water bodies from aquatic invasive species. Learn how you can help.

The objectives of the watercraft inspection program are to:

  • stop the spread of aquatic invasive species (AIS), with a focus on zebra mussels, from invaded to non-invaded water bodies within Manitoba
  • stop the introduction of AIS into Manitoba from invaded water bodies outside the province

The watercraft inspection program achieves these objectives by:

  • informing watercraft users about aquatic invasive threats and how all water users play an important role to help protect Manitoba's water bodies from aquatic invasive species
  • stop the introduction of AIS into Manitoba from invaded water bodies outside the province
  • demonstrating to watercraft users how to clean, drain, and dry watercraft and water-related equipment and informing boaters to dispose of bait used in provincially-designated control zones in the trash
  • assessing the risk of transferring aquatic invasive species by the overland moment of watercraft to ensure compliance with the law through triage and inspection
  • performing decontaminations on-site, or issuing decontamination orders to those who have exited a provincially-designated control zone and present a high risk for transporting aquatic invasive species