2023 Whatcom Boat Inspections Annual Report now available.

2023 Whatcom Boat Inspections Annual Report now available.

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Since 2012, the Whatcom Boat Inspection and Aquatic Invasive Species program has worked to keep Zebra and Quagga mussels (ZQM) out of Washington State, one of the last strongholds in the country, as well as control the spread of documented invasive species already present. Every year, the program publishes an annual report detailing data like number of boats inspected, number of boats decontaminated, where boats are traveling from, and much more. Read the 2023 Whatcom Boat Inspections Annual Report here.

Whatcom and Lake Samish Boat Inspection Check Station Hours


Boat inspection stations at Bloedel Donovan, South Bay, and Lake Samish are open for the 2016 season. Inspectors will be checking both the interior and exterior of all watercraft to see that they are clean, drained, and dry and are not at risk for transporting aquatic invasive species to our local waters.

Permits are required for all watercraft prior to launching or operating on Lake Whatcom or Lake Samish. For more information on permit fees visit Annual Permits and Fees. You may purchase your permits at the time of inspection by credit/debit card. If you re-take the online AIS Awareness Course in 2016, you may be eligible for a $10 discount to be applied to each annual permit you are purchasing.

Hours of Operation:

Bloedel Donovan: 5:15 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.

Lake Samish WDFW Launch: 5:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.

South Bay WDFW Launch: 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

For more information on our seasonal hours of operation visit Inspection Locations or call (360) 778-7975.

From all of our 2016 inspectors, we wish you a very fun and safe boating season!