Wright County COLA
Wright County Coalition of
Lake Associations (WCCOLA)
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Wright County Regional Watercraft Decontamination and Inspection Program *Closed for the season*

In a first for the state of Minnesota, Wright County has established a regional watercraft decontamination and inspection program. If you wish to launch a watercraft into Lake Sylvia (east and west), Lake John, or Pleasant Lake in Wright County, a free entrance inspection is required.  The regional site is located at 1300 Business Blvd in Annandale, MN and will be open sunup to sundown 7 days a week.

2019 operations are expected to start about 10 days after ice-out--or April 1st, whichever is later.

The program had a great 2018 season:

  • Inspections for the lakes in the program increased 51% compared with 2017.
  • Wait times were low--average was 30 seconds.
  • Sixty-eight inspections failed with sixteen being zebra mussel infestations. Violations were identified and corrected before accessing the lake.
  • Here's more information about the 2018 activities.
We remind boaters and anglers to follow all Minnesota laws to prevent the spread of aquatic invasive species:
  • Clean aquatic plants and animals from watercraft;
  • Drain all water by removing drain plugs and keep drain plugs out while transporting watercraft; and
  • Dispose of unwanted bait in the trash.
The program is a pilot to increase the percentage of boats inspected prior to launch and to improve the cost-effectiveness of inspections in Wright County.

Courtesy inspections and decontaminations continue to be available to anyone wishing to use any Wright County lake.

The Wright County Regional Watercraft Decontamination Inspection Program is a joint effort between the Wright Soil and Water Conservation District, the City of Annandale, the Greater Lake Sylvia Lake Association, the Pleasant Lake Association, and the Lake John Association.  Significant financial support has been provided by the Initiative Foundation Aquatic Invasive Species Program (Lessard-Sams Outdoor Heritage Council). For more information contact Alicia O’Hare AIS@wrightswcd.org or visit 


AIS Information on Wright Soil and Water Conservation Website
Check it out! 


Starry Stonewort--our newest aquatic invader Watch this short video to learn how to identify Starry Stonewort 

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