Boating Safety Unit


The Colusa County Boating Safety Unit is responsible for promoting safe boating on the the county's waterways. This involves:

  • Conducting routine inspections of vessels for necessary equipmentBoating
  • Conducting search, rescue, and recovery operations
  • Enforcing state laws and county ordinances to ensure the public's safety
  • Patrolling the county's waterways
  • Providing educational programs

Dive Team

The Boating Safety Unit is currently in the process of implementing a fully functional dive team for rescue and recovery operations.

Water Activities

Colusa County has two lakes and six other waterways, including the Sacramento River and East Park Reservoir. Recreational boating activities on these waterways include:

  • Canoeing
  • Cruising
  • Fishing
  • Floating
  • Hunting
  • Kayaking
  • Paddling
  • Using personal water crafts
  • Water skiing

California Boater Card

Beginning January 1, 2018, the mandatory boating safety education law goes into effect and will be phased in by age. If you operate a motorized vessel on California waterways, you will be required to pass an approved boating safety exam and carry a lifetime California Boater Card. For more information, visit the California Boater Card website. Additional resources education resources may be found at the California Approved Boating Safety Courses website.

For More Information

For more information about the Boating Safety Unit, please contact the Sheriff's Department at (530) 458-0200. To find more information about state boating and waterway regulations, visit the California Department of Boating and Waterways website.