Aquatic Invasive Species

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Clean In Clean Out

When boating or fishing in Minnesota, protect your waters by following state aquatic invasive species laws


  1. Clean all visible aquatic plants, zebra mussels, and other prohibited invasive species from watercraft, trailers, and water-related equipment before leaving any water access or shoreland.
  2. Drain water-related equipment (boat, ballast tanks, portable bait containers, motor) and drain bilge, livewell and baitwell by removing drain plugs before leaving a water access or shoreline property. Keep drain plugs out and water-draining devices open while transporting watercraft.
  3. Dispose of unwanted bait, including minnows, leeches, and worms, in the trash. It is illegal to release bait into a waterbody or release aquatic animals from one waterbody to another. If you want to keep your bait, you must refill the bait container with bottled or tap water.



2018 AIS Prevention Program – 1 Page Summary
2018 AIS Prevention Program – Final Report

Otter Tail County Aquatic Invasive Species Task Force Mission Statement

It is the Mission of the Otter Tail County Aquatic Invasive Species Task Force to develop programs and strategies to support and enhance the protection of Otter Tail County waters.  In order to accomplish this, the Task Force will promote public awareness, education, containment, research and provide recommendations to the Otter Tail County Board of Commissioners.

Otter Tail County Aquatic Invasive Species Task Force Membership

Voting Members

Bernie SteevesOtter Tail Lake Property Owners Association
Bob SchemppLake Service Provider
Dennis CarlblomScambler Township
James WootonAIS Detector
Jeff StabnowClitherall Lake Association
Jerry HorgenWest Battle Lake Association
Mark SteuartDead Lake Association
Roger NeitzkeLittle McDonald,Kerbs, Paul Lakes Improvement District
Ross HagemeisterGuide Services
Sylvia SoethPine Lakes Improvement District
Bonnie WeaklandPrairie Lake

Technical Advisors

Aimee DucheneEast Otter Tail County Soil and Water Conservation District
Barry FitzgibbonsOtter Tail County Sheriff
Jim IversonOtter Tail County Deputy
Mark RanweilerMinnesota Department of Natural Resources
Marsha BowmanOtter Tail County Land and Resource Management
Mike BolinskiMinnesota Department of Natural Resources
Nick LeonardOtter Tail County
Shawn DonaisMinnesota Department of Natural Resources
Spencer McGrewOtter Tail County Land and Resource Management


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Contact Info

Phone Number: 218-998-8095
Mailing Address:
540 Fir Ave. W. Fergus Falls, MN 56537

Spencer McGrew
Aquatic Invasive Species Specialist


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