Boat Wash

Boat Wash

The boat wash at the Little Glen DNR boat launch has a heated power wash system.

In a study by the American Fisheries Society 944 boaters were surveyed, 459 interviews conducted, and 85 boats inspected when entering and leaving two lakes in upper Michigan and northern Wisconsin. In this study it was found that two-thirds of boaters DO NOT inspect and clean their boat before entering another body of water. It was found that 19 percent of the boats entering the lake carried one or more plant fragments and 63 percent of those leaving the lake had plant fragments attached.

High pressure washing reduced the number of aquatic plants by 83 percent and small bodied organisms by 91 percent.

The study concluded that: Educational efforts need to be augmented with staffed cleaning stations placed at strategic locations with enforcement and fines for non-compliance.

The Glen Lake Association is going one step further in using a heated power wash.


To kill VHS, Viral Hemorrhagic Septicemia, which is an extremely serious viral disease of fresh and saltwater fish, the water temperature needs to be 104 degrees. VHS is now in all of the Great Lakes and in several of Michigan’s inland lakes. Zebra and Quagga Mussels can only tolerate temperatures between 33° and 86°F.

Eurasian Watermilfoil is now present in Nearby Lake Leelanau, Starry Stonewart has been confirmed in Benzie County and Fanwort is present in southeast Michigan lakes. These are three invasive aquatic plants that can be removed or killed by a pressurized, heated boat wash. Please use it and make sure your guests do too.

According to Boat Wash Manager, Sallyanne Morris;

  • GLA's Boat Wash has operated for more than 25 years, starting in 1994.
  • 3,928 watercraft came through the boat wash in 2020
  • 876 boats were power washed and 644 engines were flushed
  • The Boat wash washes 100s of kayaks each year for the M22 challenge.
  • Boat wash numbers are up more than 1,500 boats from 10 years ago
  • This FREE service employs 5 people
  • Boating season HOURS are 6 am - 7 pm, 7 days a week
  • Empire and Glen Lake townships were the first townships in Michigan with a boat wash ordinance
  • Our main goal is to educate people about protecting our watershed
  • Boats come from all over the U.S. to the Glen Lakes
  • The boat coming the furthest was from Hawaii!