Bonner County Sheriff - Marine Division

Lieutenant Ed Jochum

Lieutenant Ed Jochum

The mission of the Marine Division is to provide a safe and enjoyable boating environment on the waterways of Bonner County. This is accomplished through a balanced approach of law enforcement and boater safety education.

The Bonner County Sheriff’s Office Marine Division consists of a lieutenant, two sergeants, and 17 seasonal deputies. As law enforcement officers, marine deputies respond to and investigate boating-related accidents and enforce state and local laws on Bonner County waterways. Deputies respond to water related calls for service, boating accidents, water rescues, and search and recovery operations.

The Bonner County Sheriff’s Marine Division is responsible for patrolling approximately 120,000 acres of waterway, which is nearly triple that of any other county in Idaho. The Marine oversees 43 miles of Lake Pend Oreille, 19 miles of Priest Lake, 28 miles of the Pend Oreille River and eight miles of the Clark Fork River. The Division also has responsibility for numerous lowland lakes scattered throughout the county.

In 2014, over 12,000 registered boats listed Bonner County as their primary or secondary destinations. Local waterways also host a huge influx of summertime visitors from surrounding states and Canada.

The Marine Division uses specially-equipped law enforcement vessels to complete their unique mission. These vessels include six aluminum hull patrol boats ranging in size from 24’ to 30’. The marine division fleet also includes a rescue dive boat and two high-performance personal watercraft.

Regular patrols are in effect for the general boating season beginning on Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day.

Listing of Invasive Species retailers in Bonner County

Eurasion Milfoil is an increasing problem in the waterways of Bonner County, please inspect your vessel & trailer and remove any weeds during launching and recovery.

A list of approved invasive species retailers in Bonner County can be found at:

Bonner County Invasive Species Vendors 2015

A complete listing of Bonner county waterways ordinances can be found at:


News & Information

Bonner County Waterways Advisory Board

has reorganized Title 3-Water Safety Regulations. Included in the reorganization are some changes to existing rules. The public is encouraged to review and comment at upcoming public meetings. The draft regulations can be accessed using the links below:

Help Solve A Crime:  Marine Hit & Run

Marine Event Permit Application is available online at: Marine Event Permit.

Return the completed application to:

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