The Marine Division’s mission is to protect, promote, and enhance safe and enjoyable boating on our waterways. The Marine Unit is helping to meet Jackson County Sheriff’s goal to protect the health, safety, and well-being of all citizens. The primary customer is the citizen of Jackson County.
The Sheriff’s Office has assumed an active role in promoting boating safety and law enforcement on area waterways since the 1970’s. Jackson County Sheriff’s Marine Unit runs up to six (6) patrol boats and is based out of White City, Oregon. All boats are jet powered, ranging in size from 18 ft to 22 ft. They can operate in less than one foot of water, giving them the ability to run up white water rivers; however they are primarily used on the many lakes in our county. The lakes include; Applegate, Lost Creek, Howard Prairie, Hyatt, Fish, Willow, and Emigrant as well as 45 miles of the world famous Rogue River.
The Oregon State Marine Board generously funds the salaries and benefits for these deputies. The State Marine Board also funds for the procurement of our patrol boats.
These Marine Deputies also assist the Oregon State Police and other agencies in patrolling the outlying areas of Jackson County. In addition, they assist stranded and disabled motorists and assist with search and rescue efforts in the area. The deputies also conduct lectures and classes for various community groups and county agencies in water and boating safety.
Mandatory Boater Education
Starting January 1, 2009, all boaters will need to carry a Boater Education Card when operating a powerboat if it's 10hp or greater. To obtain your card, you may:
Take an approved boater education classroom course (see below), proctored equivalency exam or
take the online exam
- Get an application
- Apply for your card
If you have any boating related questions, want additional boating safety material, or boating information in general, please contact us at (541) 864-8844.