The main objective of the Niagara County Sheriff’s Marine Patrol is boater safety and education, and the enforcement of the New York State Navigation Laws.
This includes teaching Boater Safety Certificate Courses and vessel inspections. In addition, the Marine Patrol provides search and rescue capabilities, accident investigation, regatta permit assistance, pollution control response and boating manufacturer standards compliance. The Marine Patrol operates multiple patrol boats within the 540 square miles of Niagara County waters. This includes parts of the Erie Canal, Upper Niagara River, Lower Niagara River, and Lake Ontario.
The New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation reimburses up to 75% of the overall budget of the Marine Patrol. The funding comes directly from New York State boat registration fees. New York State Navigation Law currently requires any operator of a Personal Watercraft (PWC), regardless of age, and all boat operators born after May 1, 1996 to first complete an approved Boater Safety Course. The Niagara County Sheriff’s Marine Patrol conducts these courses throughout the year.
To get information on upcoming courses, contact the Marine Patrol Division at (716)438-3346.