Thanks to grant funds received through Columbia County Emergency Management and Homeland Security, we were able to purchase a 1993 aluminum jet boat for patrol on the Snake River to replace our old boat, which we had received via surplus from the Federal Government.
Our new boat with its enclosed cabin is more reliable, and a better fit to often sudden changing conditions we typically encounter when out on patrol or rescue operations.
The Sheriff's Office has contracts with the US Army Corps of Engineers and Washington State Parks to patrol the waterways in Columbia County, helping to promote safe boating practices.
Using our patrol boat, our mission is to promote safe boating practices, enforce the boating, fishing and hunting laws, watch for persons operating water craft under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs, and lend aid to boaters in distress.
MANDATORY BOATER EDUCATION
Many recreational boaters in Washington are required by law to complete a boating safety course and carry a Washington State Boater Education Card.
Whether you cruise, sail, kayak, fish, or do yoga on a stand up paddleboard, you are responsible to know the laws and basics of boating safety. You are encouraged to take a boating safety course, whether required by law or not.
The Washington State Boater Education Card is valid for your lifetime and meets requirements for recreational boating in Canada and many other states.
Click the Washington State Parks Boating Program Logo above for more information.