2023 Boat Inspection Season Review

November 2, 2023

The Rangeley Lakes Heritage Trust (RLHT) has coordinated courtesy boat inspections across the region for twenty-one seasons. May through September, nine inspectors searched for aquatic invasive species at ten boat launches on Haley Pond and Cupsuptic, Mooselookmeguntic, Rangeley, and Richardson Lakes.
Pay special attention to these locations on your motorboat.

Overall Numbers







In 2023, courtesy boat inspectors inspected 1,554 boats and trailers at regional public boat launches. There were 1,110 motorized boats and 444 non-motorized boats, such as canoes, kayaks, and paddleboards. The inspectors collected 22 aquatic plants. All 22 plants were found to be native.


The voters of the Town of Rangeley and Dallas, Rangeley, and Sandy River Plantations fund RLHT’s Courtesy Boat Inspector Program. Additionally, RLHT receives a grant from the Maine Department of Environmental Protection and monies from private donors. The Lakes Environmental Association organizes the statewide boat inspection program.


As of the 2023 season, the greater Rangely Region has no aquatic invasive plants. This would not be possible without the diligent efforts of the boat inspectors. RLHT would also like to thank the community for checking their boats in the absence of an inspector.


If you see any suspicious plants, please get in touch with RLHT. If you have any questions or concerns about aquatic invasive species, contact the 2023 Headwaters Coordinator, Julia Morin, at headwaters@rlht.org.

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