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boat washing tips and locations

We cannot mention this enough, but anglers and recreational boaters are the first line of defense in the fight against AIS.

Every boat operator should inspect their boat for attached mud, vegetation or animals before and after each launch. Pay close attention to the areas highlighted below.

Boat owners and operators should powerwash their boat as often as possible. When possible, allow your boat to completely dry between trips. In South Dakota this usually takes 2-4 days in the summer months and at least a week during the cooler months. Here are some tips to make powerwashing your boat efficient and effective.

If AIS are attached or if a boat has been moored in AIS containment waters for 3 or more days, boaters are required to decontaminate with a hot water power wash. Quagga Mussels, Zebra Mussels and Asian Clams are very small and difficult to see on boats and trailers. A heated pressure washer is necessary to kill any remaining AIS not removed by pressure washing. High pressure-hot (140 degrees Fahrenheit) water should be used on the hull for 10 seconds on every surface using overlapping passes. For interior compartments such as live wells, bilge, motor intakes and ballast tanks, low pressure and slightly cooler (120 degrees Fahrenheit) water should be used for 90 seconds to flush the compartments. If hot water is unavailable, all surfaces and compartments must be thoroughly flushed and the boat should be allowed to completely dry for 5-7 days prior to use.

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Work from top to bottom and bow to stern on one side.
Repeat the procedure on the other side of the boat.

Be sure to wash the rollers or bunks on the trailer.

If possible, wash the interior of the boat and rinse all compartments that may hold water.

Rinse the transom area with low pressure water to prevent damage to the motor and/or electronics.

The South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks partners with the South Dakota B.A.S.S. Federation and private car washes to provide a list of boat wash locations that have lit, pull-though bays for easy access. Hot water may not be available at these boat washes. If your vessel has been moored in containment waters for 3 or more days or if AIS are attached, your boat must be decontaminated with hot water.

Mr. Bill's Car Wash
109 4th Street SW
Dale's Sinclair
402 State Avenue
Fort Pierre
Shur Shine Car Wash
Deadwood Avenue
Sunnyside Car Wash
201 East Highway 38
Super Wash
304 2nd Street NE
Eastside Car Wash
East Highway 12
Westside Truck and Car Wash
504 24th Avenue
Mega Wash
1905 North Main Street
Mega Wash
800 East Kay Avenue
Sportsman's Car Wash
601 East Spruce Street
Super Car Wash
1100 North Garfield Avenue
Truck-n-Car Wash
1513 East Wells Avenue
Rapid City
Arnie's Pressure Wash
3100 South Highway 79
Rapid City
Parkway Car Wash
206 East Blvd North
Rapid City
Zaug Wash
612 Timmons Blvd
Appel Oil Company
833 West 3rd Street
Sioux Falls
Clean Finish Car Wash
515 South Sycamore Avenue
Sioux Falls
Shop'n Cart Car Wash
4309 East 12th Street
Sioux Falls
Superwash - 12th Street
2000 West 12th Street
Sioux Falls
Superwash - Mariod Road
801 South Marion Road
Sioux Falls
Wash World Car Wash
321 North Cliff Avenue NE
Henderson's Ultimate
821 Princeton Street
Royal Car Wash
801 Stanford Street
Cenex C Store
East Highway 212
Super Wash
501 14th Avenue NE
Westside Car Wash
715 3rd Avenue NW
White River
Gillen's Station
North 1st Street, Highway 83
Classic Car Wash
600 West 23rd Street