How do aquatic plants spread from one lake to another?

Pondweed on the water's surface.

Invasive aquatic plants can spread between lakes via watercraft such as canoes, kayaks, paddleboards, boats with electric motors, and associated equipment.

A leaf stuck on the bottom of a boat can fall off into a different lake and establish itself there. After a day at the lake, always:

  • Clean your boat and gear.
  • Drain all water from your boat and gear onto land.
  • Dry all parts of your boat and gear completely.

Aside from boating, other activities such as fishing can spread aquatic plants, for example when water from one lake is kept in a bait bucket and then emptied into another.

Learn much more in the full Lakes of Victoria, BC guidebook!

Cover of Lakes of Victoria, BC.

In the full guidebook, discover where to:

  • Walk: enjoy lakeside strolls & boardwalks.
  • Hike: discover single-track trails & scenic views.
  • Swim: find the best beaches to soak up the sun.
  • Fish: learn about stocking trends and piers.
  • Paddle: explore shorelines, and hidden bays.
  • Bike: plan your next route and hit the trails.

Along the way you will meet the animals and plants that call these lakes and watersheds home, unearth forgotten place names, and learn stories of days past.

The book is full of useful maps, access information, and local trivia to get you started on your next family day or great adventure.

From locals to visitors, everyone will learn something new about the freshwater lakes that bring Victoria to life.