Spring is just around the corner. This means, boating season is almost here and we want everyone to have fun and operate safely this year.
Although boater safety classes can be done online, the Van Buren County Sheriff’s office offers boater safety classes to the public at no cost. These classes run about six hours long and typically on a Saturday. This is why I’m reaching out to you with this email. I would like to see If your Lake Association would want to host a boater safety class in your community. What we have always done in the past is have Lake Associations host the class and we come in a teach it. These classes can be done at Fire Halls, Township Halls, or even at our department. With these classes each individual receives a one on one with our Marine Deputy for any questions, a boater safety booklet and boater safety certificate.
Last year we taught right around 65 students. This includes kids and adults. I would love to see those numbers go up. Our main goal on the Marine Division is to instill boater safety to everyone we come in contact with. This is to make sure everyone, no matter their boating skills can have fun while operating safely on our county lakes.
If your Lake Association would like to host a class and have a place in mind, shoot me a date that would work for you. If you would like to host a class, but don’t have a place to host, just shoot me a date and I will get a place for you. Each class and date will be added to our County website as well as the DNR website. If you have any questions, please feel free in contacting me.
Marine Division Sgt. & Dive Team Captain
Van Buren County Sheriff’s Office
205 S Kalamazoo Street
Paw Paw, MI 49079
269-657-2006 Ext. 3995
Dock sections retrieved by Timber Trails Campground!
Oddly enough, these sections of dock are now tied up on our sea wall. Please call 269 760 2582 if they are yours!!
Section of floating dock drifted onto my beach.
See attached photo.
Call Steve @ 708-471-8139 to claim
Join us Wednesday April 10th from 6PM-8:30PMMulti-Species Fishing Seminar with Q&A.
We are excited to have 2B Caught Charters, Clear H2O Tackle, West Michigan Walleye Club, WMU Bronco Bass Fishing Team,and Gold Coast Company share their knowledge on bass, walleye, trout, salmon and pan fish!
This is a FREE Event!
Submit Your Questions Early! If your question is answered, you will be entered into a special raffle!
A new Michigan Boating Law (SB 1072 of 2018 (PA 0451 of 2018)went into effect in December 2018:
The new law indicates that a person shall not:
Decatur township has opened up Red Woolfe Park and Beach for parking when ice fishing on Lake of the Woods. Lets all be safe, and like the sign says. DO NOT WALK ON ICE LESS THAN 4 INCHES THICK.
Sad to say, but its that time of year again when some of us head to where its warmer, and some of us do not come to the cottage/ house that often in the winter months. SO PLEASE READ BELOW!!!
The Van Buren County Sheriffs website now has a link to add your house to their watch list.
Please note that this is for homes in areas regularly patrolled by the Van Buren County Sheriff's Office. If you do not live in an area patrolled by Van Buren CountySheriff Deputies, please contact your local police department to have your home placed on their watch list. This is an excellent program offered to us in Van Buren County for absolutely no charge. In the spring when your house is off the watch list, the sheriff will call you and tell you how many times your house was visited by them. You will be amazed when you hear how many visits they made to check on your house.
Here is the direct website. Just copy the below web address.
Lake of the Woods was on the schedule for the week of September 17. They hope to have the reports done in mid/late October. We will pass them on when we receive them.