Boat and Water | Recreation Patrol Division

The Chisago County Sheriff's Office Boat And Water | Recreation Patrol Division promotes safety through education and enforcement, targeting outdoor activities, on waterways and recreational trails, in Chisago County in an effort to reduce loss of life through maintaining protection of persons and the property of all citizens and visitors of Chisago County.

During the spring, summer, and fall seasons, Chisago County Sheriff's Office Deputies actively patrol the 112 lakes and 46.9 miles of St. Croix River shoreline, including the Wild River State Park and Interstate Federal Park, in Chisago County, to ensure compliance with laws regarding the recreational use of waterways. The sheriff's office has a fleet of boats on trailers that can be towed and deployed when needed. The sheriff's office deputies also place and maintain buoys, respond to a variety of calls and complaints, investigate boating accidents, and conduct search and rescue missions for individuals reasonably believed to be in distress and/or the recovery of victims presumed drowned on the waterways. The Boat and Water | Recreation Patrol Division has received specialized training in the recovery of drowned victims and, in conjunction with the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR), has developed a very effective victim recovery method, which is taught to other agencies around the state known as the "Chisago County Drowned Victim Recovery Method". The Chisago County Sheriff's Office is also often times called upon and has successfully assisted other agencies in the recovery of drowned victims.

In the winter months, Chisago County Sheriff's Office Deputies determine and place "thin ice" markings and enforce laws, rules and regulations on the waterways in Chisago County as well as to take to the trails on snowmobiles and all-terrain vehicles (ATV's) to ensure compliance of laws pertaining to the use of the same.

The Boat and Water / Recreation Patrol Division not only promotes public safety through the enforcement of all fish and game laws, rules and regulations all year round, but also, through partnership with the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (MN DNR), offering educational ATV and snowmobile safety training courses too. Please visit the MN DNR website for course dates and locations offered statewide. If you would like to register for a course in Chisago County, please email the student's name, address, and telephone number to us. Upon receipt, a registration packet will be mailed to the student. Please be advised we offer compact disk (CD) training. Therefore, the student must watch the CD enclosed in the registration packet, take / pass the test, and then attend the classroom and field day portion sponsored by the Chisago County Sheriff's Office. The sheriff's office offers up to two ATV safety courses per year, depending on interest, and partners with the Wild River Snowmobile Club offering one snowmobile safety course per year.

Sergeant Steve Pouti oversees the Boat and Water / Recreation Patrol Division and can be reached at 651-213-6344 or email him.

State and Federal Grant information


The Chisago County Sheriff's Office receives funds annually from the State and Federal Government for Boating Safety Enforcement and Education, as well as related equipment needed for fulfilling these duties. 

2015: The Sheriff's Office received $8,375 from a Federal Boating Enforcement Grant. These funds were used to pay wages for deputies working extra enforcement on the water. 

2015: The Sheriff's Office received $17,000 from a Federal Boating Equipment Grant. These funds were used in purchasing a replacement patrol Boat/Trailer.

Fiscal Year 2015: The Sheriff's Office received $19,332 from a State Boarding Safety & Enforcement Grant. $16,753.42 was used to pay deputies wages working boat safety/enforcement. $2,578.58 was used to purchase a new sonar for the new patrol boat.
 
2014: The Sheriff's Office received $24,849.00 from the State Boating Safety Grant. These funds were used to reimburse wages for deputies working Water Patrol and Search and Rescue/Recovery missions. 

The Sheriff's office received $8,375.00 from the Federal Boating Safety/Enforcement Grant. These funds were used to reimburse wages for deputies working enforcement shifts on the water. 

The Sheriff's Office also receives funds from the State for ATV/Snowmobile Safety and Enforcement. 

2014: The Sheriff's Office received $1,792.00 for ATV Safety. These funds were used to teaching an ATV Safety course for youths age 11-15. 

The Sheriff's Office also received $1,009.38 for Snowmobile Safety/Enforcement. These wages were used to teach a Snowmobile Safety course for youths age 11-15. Some funds were also used in enforcement efforts.