The Sheriff’s Boating Unit is funded by the State of California Department of Boating and Waterways through state boat taxes and registration fees.
This unit investigates any accident or incident occurring on public waterways within the county. In addition, Tehama County deputies patrol 85 miles of the Sacramento River and Black Butte Lake, ensuring that equipment and safety regulations are adhered to. Deputies also conduct educational and public relations presentations for various schools and community groups.
The Sacramento River is patrolled with three 22-foot custom high performance, all-weather jet boats, manufactured specifically for the Tehama County Sheriff’s Office. These boats, equipped for rescue in all weather conditions, are capable of speeds in excess of 50 mph and can operate in less than 5″ of water!
The Boating Unit Office is located at 22840 Antelope Boulevard in Red Bluff. Deputies may be reached at 530-529-4172, or after hours at 530-529-7900.