Hood River County Sheriff's Office

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Other Patrol Services

Sheriff's Office OHV Enforcement Pickup 
Off Highway Vehicle (OHV) Enforcement
Organized OHV riding and designated trail systems have increased in recent years.  As a result, the Hood River County Sheriff's Office has received grant funding to enforce OHV laws and regulations as well as provide education to the public that enjoys the use of Hood River County's growing OHV designated trails.
The Sheriff's Office has a variety of grant funded equipment to assist with enforcement activies including vehicles, trailers,quads, and motorcycles. 
Snowmobile Safety Program
The Sheriff’s Office Reserve program works in conjunction with the Oregon State Snowmobile Association Co-Op Law Enforcement program to provide snow patrol coverage in the Mt Hood area. They patrol U.S. Forest Service Road # 44 from Little John snow park to Camp Baldwin, Lost Lake area and White River East area. As well as the, westside of the county from Post Canyon to Black Lake.  The Sheriff’s Office Reserve snow patrol program started in 1999.

The Oregon State Snowmobile Association provides funds each year that go directly into the reserve program for snow patrol.  The reserves used the money to purchase the two snowmobiles and they volunteer their time to patrol.  The 2005 Triton trailer that is used to transport the snowmobiles was funded by Title III funds.  The snow patrol officers enforce the Oregon Revised Statutes Recreational laws and assist with Search and Rescue.


Things to know:

  • In order to drive a snowmobile, state law requires you have a valid driver’s license or a snowmobile operator permit issued by the Department of Motor Vehicles.  Your snowmobile must also be registered with the state. 
  • “Zero Tolerance”, No alcohol while riding.
  • Use Common Sense and Good Judgment! Ride Safely!!!

If you have any questions, please contact Reserve Sgt. John Vogel at the Hood River Sheriff’s Office 541-387-7033.


Sheriff's Office Forest Patrol Vehicle 
Forest Patrol

The Hood River County Sheriff’s Office administers a seasonal forest patrol program funded by the United States Forest Service.  The position runs from Memorial Day weekend to Labor Day weekend.  The Forest Patrol Deputy patrols the forested areas of the county including the lakes and campgrounds.

OHV Resources
Maps of local trails and information about ATV riding in Hood River County
Excellent source of information for all things ATV in Oregon
Information about the Oregon ATV Safety Education Course. Obtain your ATV Education Card online.
Snowmobile Resources
Oregon State Snowmobile Association informational rider handout.
Resources regarding registration, ownership, permits, etc.

To Contact Us: 
309 State St.
Hood River, OR 97031
Phone:  (541) 386-2098
Fax:      (971) 231-2006
24hr. Non-Emergency  (541) 386-2711