1. Drain bilges, bait wells, and live wells. Pull the drain plugs before leaving the boat ramp so that most of the water will be gone when you get home.
  2. Use a standard garden sprayer (ORTHO Dial ‘n Spray) to create a 5% bleach solution to rinse your boat and trailer with.
  3. Connect your garden hose to a fresh water spigot and the hose end of the sprayer to the opposite end of the hose. Remove the “jar” and add chlorine bleach (liquid) into the jar. For reference, a typical 16 foot bass boat will require about 8 oz of bleach.
  4. Replace the jar on the sprayer and adjust the dial on the top of the sprayer to the “5 oz.” setting. This will put 5 ounces of chlorine bleach into each gallon of water that passes through the sprayer. Turn on the water at the spigot.
  5. Spray your boat’s hull, trailer, bunks, rollers, wheels, tires and all other exposed boat and trailer parts with the bleach solution.
  6. Spray all inside compartments of your boat including the bilge. The bilge, bait wells, live wells, and all tanks that have been exposed to lake water should be sprayed.
  7. Remove excess bleach from the “jar” and thoroughly rinse all parts and compartments of the boat with fresh water. If practical, run water through the motor to flush out lake water.
  8. Clean out the “jar” with fresh water and then flush sprayer to clean and clear all parts of bleach. Chlorine is corrosive and will deteriorate the sprayer if left in the sprayer for extended periods of time.

This is usually a 10 – 15 minute process to set up, spray, rinse, and put away.

A pull through high pressure hot water car wash works great also.

Never release plants, fish or animals
into Norfork Lake or any body of water unless they came out of that body of water.





The Norfork Lake Chamber
would like you to be aware of the following:

  • You may not use wild-caught baitfish on Norfork Lake unless said bait was caught on Norfork Lake.
  • You can also use baitfish purchased from an Arkansas licensed dealer in Norfork Lake.
  • Dispose of leftover bait properly.
  • Dump minnows and other live bait in their original water source or in a trash receptacle.


The Norfork Lake Tourism works diligently to keep your lake free of aquatic nuisances, invasive species, and other destructive forces to keep Norfork Lake pristine for generations to come.

Join us by reading and learning more from the links below!

Stop Aquatic Hitchhikers

Zebra Mussels 

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