Did you know…
Invasive species, such as Eurasian watermilfoil (EWM) are most likely to enter Glen Lake as “hitchhikers” on watercraft or trailers. How so? Once a boat has been pulled out of a lake or stream, water remains in the watercraft – in the hull, within the motor’s cooling system, and inside of bait boxes, in live wells and on equipment. If your boat operates in an infested body of water, it can later carry eggs and larvae of quagga mussels, or EWM seed or fragment into the next lake you choose to enjoy, such as Glen Lake!
The heated pressure wash station at the launch site also kills VHS (Viral Hemorrhagic Septicemia) – a viral fish disease present in nearby Lake Michigan waters.
Boat Wash FAQs
- More than 4,000 boats come through the Glen Lake boat wash station each year.
- Boats come to the Glen Lake area from all over the U.S., including Hawaii!
- An American Fisheries Society study which inspected 85 boats entering upper Michigan and northern Wisconsin lakes found that 19% had one or more plant fragments attached. The same study found that 63% of boats leaving the lakes carried plant fragments out with them
- This study also showed that high pressure washing reduced the number of aquatic plants and small bodied organisms on the watercraft hulls by 83% and 91%, respectively