MANISTEE COUNTY MARINE DIVISION
Deputy Steve Block
(231) 723-8393 Extension 23
The Manistee County Sheriff’s Marine Division patrols over 23 miles of Lake Michigan shoreline with three Lake Michigan access ports. One has a deep water port with a large volume of commercial traffic. The Marine Division also routinely patrols six of our countie's larger inland lakes and over 60 miles of area rivers.
Our Marine Division consists of one full time officer and one part time officer who are responsible for maintaining public safety on all bodies of water throughout Manistee County. The full time officer handles the Snowmobile Division during the winter months from November 1st through March 31st each year.
Deputy Steve Block is in charge of over seeing the day-to-day operations of the Sheriff’s Marine and Snowmobile divisions. Deputy Block has over 23 years of service with the Manistee County Sheriff’s Office, with the majority of years being in the Marine Division. "If there is one thing that I’m most proud of, it is the improvements to our equipment. Over the past 23 years, there have been many changes and up-grades to the equipment inventory. We have "state of the art" equipment in our Marine, Snowmobile, and Underwater Recovery Unit comparable to any agency in Northern Michigan."
The Sheriff’s Marine Division is responsible for enforcing Michigan's marine laws, investigate boating accidents, conducting livery inspections, search and rescue operations, body recovery and instructing boater safety classes to area youths.
The Sheriff’s Marine Division Patrol vessels consist of the following:
(Lake Michigan Craft) 25’ Sea Ark powered by twin 150 hp Evinrude e-tec engines.
(Inland Lake Craft) a 19’ Triumph powered by a 150 hp Evinrude e-tec engine.
(River Craft) a 18’ Lowe flat bottom powered by a 90 hp jet-drive Evinrude e-tec engine.
(Jet-Ski) a Kawasaki 900.
Manistee County has a variety of vessel traffic each season. Commercial freighters, large numbers of Lake Michigan fishing vessels, and increasing river traffic which includes power fishing boats, canoes, kayaks, rafts and tubes. The lakes and rivers are some of the finest in Northern Michigan, making Manistee a "recreational hotspot" for water enthusiasts of all types.
Each spring, Deputy Block teaches the Michigan Boating Basics Course in area schools. We offer this course to every school system in our county at no charge to the students or the schools. A Michigan Boaters Safety Certificate is then issued upon successful completion of the course. Each year, the Marine Division trains between 150 to 200 students in our county. For information on classes and summer classes call the Marine Division at 231-723-8393 ext.# 23.
IMPORTANT FACTS FOR SAFE BOATING
From a 300’ freighter, to a small kayak, each person on board must have a personal flotation devices or P.F.D.
• Any vessel that has a motor of any type must have the registration numbers on each side of the forward half of the vessel and a current validation decal.
• Navigation lights help you and other boaters determine which is the give-way vessel when encountering each other at night. These lights must be displayed from sunset to sunrise.
• A vessel including PWC’s must have a fire extinguisher if any of the following conditions exist.
Requirements Specific to Personal Watercraft (PWC)
• Must have registration numbers and current validation decal along with the certificate of registration.
|Last Updated on Friday, 15 January 2010 09:35|
Manistee County Sheriff's Office
1525 E. Parkdale Ave
Manistee, Michigan 49660
Non Emergency Calls Only: (231) 723-8393