The Montcalm County Sheriff’s Marine Patrol consists of five seasonal Marine Deputies. The Marine Patrol is responsible for patrolling, search and rescue, complaint and accident investigation, boat livery inspection, education programs, recovery of drowning victims and any other water related activity on Montcalm County’s 120 plus lakes and countless miles of rivers and streams. The Marine Division receives partial funding through grants from the US Coast Guard.
The Marine Division has a fleet of four patrol craft, with one patrol boat permanently assigned and berthed at Crystal Lake, the busiest lake in the Central Michigan area.
The Marine Division also maintains the Sheriff's dive team, which is made up of six full-time Deputies and Corrections Officers. These officers are all certified SCUBA divers, with most possessing other advanced dive training certifications.
BOATER SAFETY COURSES
Due to budget cuts, we no longer provide Boater Safety courses. Information on courses offered by the Michigan DNR is here: https://www.michigan.gov/dnr/0,4570,7-350-79119_79144_79642---,00.html
THE HANDBOOK OF MICHIGAN BOATING LAW AND RESPONSIBILITIES