I've typed and erased about 4 posts now. Maybe the 5th is the charm.It appears I should have posted this question here so here goes: Okay, after a long hiatus we will be returning to Lake Powell in late July from Colorado with a new/old boat refitted to be used there exclusively. We intend to launch at Hite, at least for this year. Since I will be taking the boat back to Colorado to store here on the farm until its return to LP, do I need to take it to Bullfrog for decontamination before traveling interstate home? Is there an alternative? Thanks.
Just wanted to tell of my recent experience when leaving Bullfrog after a week on the lake. Pulled out around 8:30 A.M. on a Friday and was told by the NPS guy at the top of the ramp that the check station at Lot D was not staffed today and I was good to drive on out,after being given the pamphlet again. Saw some workers ? in lot D and decided to stop and check with them. Two young ladies with DWR came out and I told them that I was told they were closed and did not have to stop for an inspection by the guy at the ramp. They said they would tell him that yes they were open today. I explained that I was heading home to Idaho and would be fishing Flaming Gorge in a week and would like the boat deconned. They said that none of their 3 machines were operational and did a cursory visual inspection and tagged my boat. I drove home and stopped at the inspection station at the rest area outside of Malad. Again 2 young ladies came out and after telling them I had come from LP that morning they had their equipment fired up in record time and did a thorough decon on my boat. They seemed very knowledgable and professional. I asked if had I been deconned by DWR at LP and had documentation would they accept that. They said that no they would not and would do their own cleaning as then they knew it had been done correctly. The whole experience with the personnel at LP, both NPS and DWR was underwhelming to say the least. No coordination between agencies. How can the inspection station be closed on a Friday going in to the weekend, and why were none of the 3 machines operational. I know I will be told that it is my responsibility to contact a private decon company and have my boat cleaned before launching on another water if I haven't met the time requirements for the clean, drain and dry. My concern is that we have a facility set up at Bullfrog that had to have cost a lot of money and we don't use it? The devastation the mussels have caused since my trip to LP last year is disheartening to say the least. Idaho is making a concerted effort to address invasive species infestation and seems to be using the money they get from their fee to actually do something concrete to try and keep invasives out. With the lack of coordination I saw between agencies it is just a matter of time before we see this problem spread to other bodies of water.If you have questions on inspections, decontaminations, law enforcement, or anything else related to QM: ask here and I will have those in charge offer more information.