The Mono County Sheriff's Department operates a Boating Law Enforcement and Education Program under grant funding from the California Department of Boating and Waterways along with funding from the department's budget. This program has been in operation for more than 20 years.
We provide boating education and training to public schools, civic groups, and allied agencies. The boating unit provides medical aid, assists paramedics along with various search and rescue functions throughout the county. They also transport state researchers and study groups on water related issues and conduct inspections of private and commercial vessels.
The boating program operates 3 patrol boats: one is permanently stationed on Crowley Lake; another is stationed on Topaz Lake; and the third roams all waterways countywide. Mono County has numerous lakes and waterways which are navigable by powerboats, sailboats, canoes, and other watercraft.
Cruising your boat on the waterways of Mono County may not seem as dangerous as driving on the freeway, but boaters do get injured and sometimes killed if reckless or unprepared. The best water recreation the Eastern Sierra has to offer is yours if you play it safe. Whether you pilot a growling 120-horsepower ski boat or paddle a 12-foot canoe, you'll find lots of open water to enjoy in Mono County. There are more than 20 lakes here that are considered suitable for powerboats, canoes and kayaks. With a bit of caution and courtesy, you can enjoy our waters without becoming a statistic or a nuisance.
Most watercraft must be registered. All motorboats, including sailboats longer than 8-feet with engines, must have a valid boating sticker and CF number displayed if used on California waters. Our boating officers will issues citations for unregistered boats!
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Quagga Mussel Problems
The Quagga Mussel (along with the Zebra Mussel) has been positively identified in California waters. Please refer to the following websites for information dealing with these mussels and how you, as a boat owner, can help stop the spread of these animals in Mono County waterways.
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