Marine Division

Bob Mendham
County Sheriff
  • Undersheriff Chad Palmiter
    1035 E James Street, PO Box 845
    White Cloud, MI 49349
    Monday – Friday, 8am-12pm,1pm-5pm

  • (231) 689-7303
    (231) 689-7273

The Sheriff’s Office Marine Division consists of four boats, and five part-time summer employees.  The Marine Division operates on a grant from the Michigan Department of Natural Resources and funding from the County.  The Marine Division is responsible for over 230 natural lakes and two waterways made by the backwaters of Hardy and Croton Dams.  Regular scheduled weekend patrol are also conducted on the Muskegon River from Croton to Maple Island Bridge.

The Marine Division focuses efforts on education in an attempt to gain voluntary compliance with marine laws and safety regulations; however enforcement continues to be a component of marine safety.  The Marine Division also participates in out-of-water events, including township events, boater safety, and kids day.

Safety Tips:

  1. Have proper safety equipment for your watercraft
  2. Operate your watercraft in a safe manner
  3. In case of an emergency, CALL 911

The Michigan handbook of boating laws and responsibilities can be found at or are available at the Sheriff’s office and County Campgrounds.

Sgt. Tim Bailey oversees the Marine Division, and is available at 231-689-7303 or by Email, for questions or comments regarding the Marine Division.