Hood River County

Sheriff's Office

Marine Patrol & Enforcement

The Hood River County Sheriff’s Office has been patrolling the waterways of Hood River County since 1970.  

We provide assistance to those in distress, education to recreationalists, and ensure compliance with Oregon’s Marine Laws.  Our Marine Program is funded through a partnership with the Oregon State Marine Board. 

about the marine patrol

The program provides a full time Marine Deputy.  Our main patrol area, the Columbia River, has a high volume of Windsurfing and Kite-Boarding along with recreational and commercial boat traffic. Our Marine Deputies work in cooperation with the Columbia River Intertribal Fisheries, Oregon State Police Fish and Game unit and our adjacent counties of Wasco, Klickitat, Multnomah and Skamania.


Some of the services we provide to the community are:

Boat Safety Inspections
Hull Identification inspections
Public Education
Patrolling the waterways in Hood River County
Assisting surrounding agencies with patrol, search and rescue 

Required items in your boat:

Life Jackets
Sound Producing Device

Other items that may be required: 

Fire Extinguisher
Running Lights
Boater Education Card
Skier Down Flag

Do paddlers need an aquatic invasive species prevention permit?
Does my child need to wear a life jacket at all times?
How do I know if I need to title and register my boat?
Where do I display my OR Number and Decals?
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