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  • Launch Schedule
  • Self Inspection Course
  • Boat Launch Location
  • Because Branch Lake is the City of Ellsworth’s drinking water source, Branch Lake boat launch has strict regulations including a boat inspection before a craft can enter the water. Inspections are conducted at the City operated boat launch when an attendant is present, or with a small investment of time spent taking a training class boaters can become self-inspectors and venture out onto Branch Lake when they please.

    May

    5:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. | Every day

    June, July, August

    5:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. | Every day

    September

    6:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. | Every day

    The schedule is subject to change due to weather conditions.

  • Because Branch Lake is the City of Ellsworth’s drinking water source, Branch Lake boat launch has strict regulations including a boat inspection before a craft can enter the water. Inspections are conducted at the City operated boat launch when an attendant is present, or with a small investment of time spent taking a training class boaters can become self-inspectors and venture out onto Branch Lake when they please.

    The City provides a free Self Inspection Course for anyone seeking to launch a boat at their convenience on Branch Lake. A one-hour training session is all that is required to become a certified self-inspector of boats for aquatic invasive species.

    Please note: Self-inspection of personal watercraft (jet skis / wave runners) is prohibited. Personal watercraft must be inspected by City staff before being launched in Branch Lake.

    There is no charge for the one-hour course, but advance registration is encouraged.

    Contact the Water Department at 667-2563 for the Boat Self-Inspection Course schedule and registration.

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  • Because Branch Lake is the City of Ellsworth’s drinking water source, Branch Lake boat launch has strict regulations including a boat inspection before a craft can enter the water. Inspections are conducted at the City operated boat launch when an attendant is present, or with a small investment of time spent taking a training class boaters can become self-inspectors and venture out onto Branch Lake when they please.