All paddlers who bring their own boats to the ACA Camp must Clean, Drain, and Dry them before putting them into Lake Sebago. All paddlers who keep their boats stored at the lake, and only use them on Lake Sebago, must also take steps to stop the spread of invasive organisms.
Scientists have recently found AIS (Aquatic Invasive Species) in Lake Sebago. Some of these organisms spread through fragmentation, which means if a small piece of this plant breaks off and attaches to your boat or paddle – and then you put your craft back into the water – you will spread them more widely, to new parts of the lake.
What exactly do we mean by “Clean, Drain and Dry”?
Inspection points: Paddles, hatches, hull/boat bottom, rudder/keel.
Clean: Always inspect your boat for AIS before and after every paddle. Remove mud, plants and organisms from your boat and gear. AIS can reproduce from tiny fragments, so dispose of what you find in a trash container or on dry land – not back into the water.
Drain: Always drain all water from your boat, gear and any other equipment. Do this before you bring your boat to any other waterway – FROM Lake Sebago or TO Lake Sebago, and any other change of paddling venue.
Dry: Always dry your boat completely before using it in Lake Sebago, especially if your last paddle occurred on a different waterway.
Please do not dump baitfish, other animals, or plants into the water.
For more information on Clean, Drain, Dry please visit https://www.dec.ny.gov/animals/48221.html
I Agree to Clean, Drain and Dry my boat before putting it into Lake Sebago