The focus of Marine Patrol is to promote boating safety. This is accomplished by boat safety examinations, Citations, Warnings and school education programs.
Douglas County Sheriff's Marine Patrol is funded by the Oregon State Marine Board (80%) and Douglas County (20%). It consists of two full time deputies, Darrell Norton and Ken Zarbano, along with two seasonal full time cadets. Six boats (24'Almar with twin 125 outboard props, 20' Almar jet, 18' Almar RAIV jet, 20' Seaswirl outboard, Kawasaki Jet Ski and a 14' Sotar cataraft). All of the boats are furnished by the Marine board.
Regular patrols are conducted on all lakes and rivers in Douglas County. Some of the most popular are Diamond Lake, Lemolo Lake, Cooper Creek, Galesville Reservoir, Ben Irving Reservoir, Loon Lake, Tahkenitch Lake, Winchester Bay, Umpqua River system and Smith River system.
The Oregon Legislature passed HB 2977 during the 1999 session, requiring Oregon boaters to have a boater education certificate before operating power boats of more than 10 horsepower. The law also requires children age 12 to 15 to have certification to operate any power boat up to 10 horsepower. Boats have grown in power, speed and size in recent decades, and the number of power boats in Oregon has grown 60 percent in the last 20 years. This legislation will help keep Oregon's increasingly crowded waterways safe for all boaters.
All boaters must now carry a boater education card when operating powerboats (including personal watercraft or any motorized watercraft) greater than 10 hp. Visit the Oregon State Marine Board website for more information.
The Oregon State Marine Board is offering boater safety courses which satisfies the education requirement for your boater’s education card. These courses are offered once a month through Umpqua Community College and instructed by Marine officers.
There are new equipment requirements for Outfitter/Guides on Class III rapids. The requirements can be found on the Oregon State Marine Board website.
A Boating safety "Class" is available to all grade schools in the county. Please call 440-4447 to schedule.