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Marine Patrol
Houghton County has over 30 square miles of water, with the most prominent being the Portage Canal Waterway. This waterway separates the cities of Houghton and Hancock, cutting apart the northern tip of the Keweenaw Peninsula. The Waterway runs from the north west corner breakwalls of Stanton Township Park and McLain State Park, running SE Portage Lake to the Portage Entry southern breakwall at Jacobsville. Both of these breakwalls open into the largest, cleanest freshwater lake in the world...Lake Superior.
In order to patrol this large waterway, as well as the numerous freshwater lakes spotted across the county, the Houghton County Sheriff Office has a 25' aluminum Crestliner patrol boat, a Zodiac inflatable 10 person boat equipped with a 35HP Mercury outboard motor, as well as two Jet-Skis. The Jet-Skis are new issue Polaris and Kawasaki brand watercraft that are loaned out each year to the Office free of charge through an agreement with dealers, manufacturers and law enforcement agencies. They are returned at the end of every season to the dealers who also service the watercraft. Houghton County also has a dive team consisting of Office members as another duty is rescue/recovery of drowning victims.

The Sheriff Department maintains a full-time Marine Patrol from May 1 until September 30. Deputies patrol regularly by boat and PWC's.

The Marine Division is 75% funded by the State of Michigan, with the additional 25% percent covered by Houghton County.

Click here to view the Michigan Boating Guide.