Aquatic Invasive Species Signs at Water Accesses

Help Stop Aquatic Hitchhikers! signs at water accesses are a key public awareness strategy to help prevent the spread of aquatic invasive species. The DNR provides a limited number of these signs at no cost for lake associations, local governments, and other groups to post at water accesses. You may also print your own signs using the instructions below.

 

Help Stop Aquatic Hitchhikers! signs

Two sign sizes are available - standard and large. These signs can be used at both public and private water accesses on uninfested and infested waters.

Standard signs are 18" x 24". Generally, two are posted at each access - one at the make-ready area and one in the tie down area.

Large signs are 3' x 4' and are best suited for high-use accesses with 10 or more parking spaces.

Standard Signs
(18" x 24")

Large Signs
(3' x 4')

How to request signs

You may request up to four standard signs, or two standard signs plus two large signs, per calendar year. The DNR has a limited number of signs available and they will be provided to you at no cost. You will be responsible for printing and purchasing any additional signs.

To request signs:

  1. Receive permission from the water access owners to place signs at the access. You can find ownership information for most accesses using the Recreation Compass tool in LakeFinder. If you would like to place signs at a water access managed by the DNR, contact the DNR's Public Water Access and Fishing Pier Program Coordinator, Nancy Stewart, at 651-259-5616.
  2. Complete an application This is a PDF file. You will need Adobe Acrobat Reader to download it.. Email, mail or fax it to your local invasive species specialist. They will contact you about sign availability and placement.
  3. Review the Aquatic Invasive Species Sign Manual for installation guidelines. Once you have received the signs, you have sixty days for them to be installed. Sign posts and materials are not provided by the DNR.

If you have questions about requesting signs, contact your local invasive species specialist.

 

How to print additional signs

If you would like more signs than the DNR can provide, you may download the sign artwork to have them printed on your own. You are responsible for the cost of printing the signs.

To print your own signs:

  1. Receive permission from the water access owners to place signs at the access. You can find ownership information for most accesses using the Recreation Compass tool in LakeFinder. If you would like to place signs at a water access managed by the DNR, contact the DNR's Public Water Access and Fishing Pier Program Coordinator, Nancy Stewart, at 651-259-5616.
  2. Complete the print authorization form This is a PDF file. You will need Adobe Acrobat Reader to download it.. Provide one copy to the company printing the sign(s). Mail an additional copy to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, ATTN: AIS Sign Printing, 500 Lafayette Road, St. Paul, MN 55155.
  3. Provide printer with the artwork files. The artwork and related files are available in .zip folders that you can download. Your printer should have Adobe Illustrator software to use these files. Direct your printer to this website to download the .zip folders.
    1. Standard Sign (.zip folder)
    2. Large Sign (.zip folder)
  4. Review the Aquatic Invasive Species Sign Manual for installation guidelines. Sign posts and materials are not provided by the DNR.

For questions on printing signs, contact Tina Wolbers at 651-259-5146.