SD Cooperative Boat Wash Program

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B.A.S.S./GFP Cooperative Boat and
Trailer Wash Program

To help STOP the spread of these species and fish diseases, wash your boat, disinfect your live well and remove all mud and aquatic plants and animals from all gear!

The South Dakota Department of Game, Fish and Parks is teaming with the South Dakota B.A.S.S. Federation in an effort to prevent the further spread of aquatic nuisance species such as zebra mussels and Eurasian watermilfoil. The program encourages boaters (including those with personal watercraft) to wash their boats (including livewells and anyplace that may hold water) and trailers before launching them into South Dakota waters.

Who should wash their boat and trailer?

Everyone, but especially boaters who have had their boat/personal watercraft in waters outside of South Dakota in South Dakota waters known to contain aquatic nuisance species. The following list of B.A.S.S./GFP cooperating boat wash stations all provide the necessary space and high pressure hot wash necessary for you to rid your boat and trailer of any unwanted "hitchhikers."

Who should disinfect their live well?

Anyone who has had their boat in waters that are known to contain VHS in the Great Lakes region. Clean and disinfect live wells with a 10% household bleach solution (i.e, 1 1/2 cup household bleach to gallon of water). Since chlorine is toxic to fish, rinse live well to remove residual chlorine and drain it away from fish-bearing waters.

BOAT WASH STATIONS

City Business Address
DeSmet Mr. Bill's Car Wash 109 4th St SW
Estelline Dale's Sinclair 402 State Ave
Ft. Pierre Shur Shine Car Wash Deadwood Ave
Hartford Sunnyside Carwash 201 E Hwy 38
Madison Super Wash 304 NE 2nd Street
Milbank Eastside Carwash E Hwy 12
Westside Truck and Car Wash 504 24th Ave
Mitchell Mega Wash 1905 N Main St
Mega Wash 800 E Kay Ave
Sportsman's Car Wash 601 E Spruce St
Pierre Super Car Wash 1100 N Garfield Ave
Truck-n-Car Wash 1513 E Wells Ave
Rapid City Arnie's Pressure Wash 3100 S Hwy 79
Parkway Car Wash 206 E Blvd N
Zaug Wash 612 Timmons Blvd
Redfield Appel Oil Company 833 W 3rd St
Sioux Falls Clean Finish Car Wash 515 S Sycamore Ave
Shop'n Cart Car Wash 4309 E 12th St
Superwash - 12th St 2000 W 12th St
Superwash - Marion Rd 801 S Marion Road
Wash World Car Wash 321 N Cliff Ave NE
Vermillion Henderson's Ultimate 821 Princeton St
Royal Car Wash 801 Stanford St
Watertown Cenex - C Store E Hwy 212
Super Wash 501 14th Ave NE
Westside Car Wash 715 3rd Ave NW
White River Gillen's Station Hwy 83 N 1st St
Yankton Classic Car Wash 600 W 23rd St
HOW TO BECOME A COOPERATOR
Facilities included in the B.A.S.S./GFP Cooperative Boat and Trailer Wash Program meet certain criteria, including:
  • A willingness to participate.
  • A willingness to cost-share and display a Boat Wash station sign.
  • A well lit, pull-through bay with a high power hot water station.
  • Easy to access with a vehicle towing a boat/trailer.

If you are interested in the Boat Wash Program contact Game, Fish and Parks at 605.223.7706

Keep Aquatic Invasive Species Out of South Dakota's Waters

ALWAYS DO:

  • Remove aquatic plants and animals before leaving any waterbody.
  • Drain water from bait bucket, live well, bilge and motor before leaving any waterbody.
  • Dispose of unwanted bait, fish parts, and worms in the trash.
  • Spray/wash boat, trailer, and equipment with high pressure hot water on your way home or at home -OR- dry everything for at least 5 days.
  • Always report questionable species.

NEVER DO:

  • Never release live animals or plants - this includes all aquarium species, bait, pets or water garden plants. Do not release these into the wild. If you cannot find another home for animals, dispose of them in a trash can or bury them. Seal plants in plastic bags and dispose.

WHY?

Because these hitchhikers can:

  • Reduce game fish populations
  • Ruin boat engines and jam steering equipment
  • Make lakes/rivers unusable by boaters and swimmers
  • Dramatically increase the operating costs of drinking water plants, power plants, dam maintenance, and industrial processes
  • Reduce native species
  • Degrade ecosystems
  • Affect human health
  • Reduce property values
  • Affect local economies of water-dependent communities.
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