Ticonderoga A mandatory boat inspection program for Lake George has been approved.
Beginning May 15 all boats entering the lake must be inspected at one of six regional stations.
If a boat passes inspection as “clean, drained and dry” it will be sealed to the owner’s trailer and it can continue to a launch facility.
If it does not meet the standard, owners will be directed to the high-pressure hot water decontamination unit on site for cleaning before being sealed to a trailer.
The Lake George Park Commission adopted the new regulation at its meeting Jan. 28. The regulations will be filed with the Secretary of State and the program, which will apply to all trailered vessels, will begin May 15.
Launch sites around the lake will be responsible for checking seals, removing them from boats and then re-sealing them as they leave the lake. If a boat is only used in Lake George, and the seal stays intact, it can launch again without additional inspection. If a boat is taken to another water body it will have to go through the inspection process again before entering Lake George.
The regional inspection and wash stations will be located at Mossy Point in Ticonderoga, Rogers Rock Campsite in Hague, Narowal Marina in Bolton, near Exit 21 of the Northway in Lake George, Ridge Road in Queensbsury and Huletts Landing Marina.
The Mossy Point and Norowal stations will each have two boast washing units because of heavy demand.
Each station is expected to be open sunrise to sunset.
The commission said it is working on a new website and outreach materials to assist boaters in meeting the new regulation.
The new plan is part of an effort to keep invasive species from the lake.
Lake George currently has five invasive species in its waters — asian clam, eurasian milfoil, zebra mussels, curlyleaf pondweed and spiny waterflea. It’s believed those non-native species were brought to Lake George by boats that had been in other lakes.