Boating Season / Waterway Patrol
During the boating season, deputies primarily cover the Mississippi River and Lake Byllesby in the north-west corner of the county. The department has a permanent boat house in Red Wing where two patrol boats are kept. The department also has several smaller boats on trailers that can be towed anywhere needed. The deputies also maintain buoys in waterways within the county.
Deputies patrol waterways to ensure compliance with laws regarding recreational uses of lakes, rivers and trails. The water patrol responds to a wide variety of calls, boating accidents and complaints. The Recreation Division is also responsible to conduct investigations of boating accidents. They conduct searches for drowning victims or missing persons on the waterways.
During the winter months, Four Season Patrol deputies take to the trails on snowmobiles to ensure compliance with snowmobile laws and also promote safety. In addition, deputies also enforce ATV related laws and promote ATV safety.