The Josephine County Sheriff's Office, in partnership with the Oregon State Marine Board, maintains a Marine Unit to promote boater safety. The Marine Unit responds to calls for assistance at Bolan Lake, Lake Selmac, the Rogue River, the Illinois River and the Applegate River. The Marine Unit also provides H.I.N. inspections and provides training in boater safety. To schedule a H.I.N inspection call 541-474-5123 option #3.
Josephine and Jackson Counties were the first to become a part of the Regionalized Marine Program. This allows for more coverage in both counties.
All boaters who operate a motorboat over 10 horsepower and youths 12-15 operating a boat of any size are required to take an approved boating safety course and carry a boater education card. For information on how to obtain a boater education card please visit the Oregon State Marine Board website.