La Paz County Sheriff's
The mission of the La Paz County Sheriff’s Office Boating Safety &
Enforcement Division is to minimize the risk of boating collisions,
accidents and other water related mishaps on County waters through
public education, effective enforcement of boating laws and
encouragement of safe boating practices.
La Paz County Waterways consist of the South Basin of Lake Havasu, the
Parker Strip (Lake Moovalya), 110 miles of Lower Colorado River and
Lake Alamo. Safety Patrols are conducted through the utilization of two
specially constructed 21’ Boston Whaler patrol boats, two 20’ shallow
draft Boulton jet boats and a 27’ Crest Pontoon boat for special
operations. Also available are two 16' Triton Rescue Boats for extreme
shallow water conditions and dive-rescue and recovery support.
located along banks of the Colorado River near Parker, Arizona. The La
Paz County Boating Safety Center was built in 1998-1999, with funding
from the Arizona State Lake Improvement Fund. The Center has a
dividable classroom with space for up to 75 persons, houses the La Paz
County Dive-Rescue team, provides space for the Arizona Game & Fish
Department and, along with the adjacent Buckskin Fire Department
completes the base of operations for Public Safety along the Parker
Boating Division is supervised by the Boating Lieutenant and consists
of 4 certified Deputies and 4 Seasonal Boating Safety Officers. Funding
for the Division is obtained through the Arizona Law Enforcement &
Boating Safety Fund Grant, administered by the Arizona Game & Fish
Department. Assigned Deputies are required to have completed the
Watercraft Tactics and Enforcement course, the National Association of
Boating Law Administrators Comprehensive and Advanced Boating Accident
Investigation courses, and be Arizona Boating Education Instructors.
Boating Deputies are also active with the Sheriff’s Department Dive
Rescue Team as either active Divers or Dive Support watercraft
La Paz County waterways are the among the busiest waterways in Arizona. The 14 mile long
Parker Strip is the fourth most used individual waterway in the State.
Even with the relatively low water surface area and high boater use, La
Paz County has one of the lowest watercraft accident rates in the State.
County Boating Safety Officers assist the Arizona Game and Fish
Department and other Boating Enforcement Agencies with Statewide
Operating Under the Influence (OUI) prevention patrols and details. It
is the goal of the OUI Task Force to deter drinking and boating and
reduce alcohol related collisions and casualties through agressive
enforcement of the State's OUI laws.
La Paz County Boating Safety Officers present up to 6 Boating Basics
Education Courses annually, and are available to teach additional
classes for special groups or if demand requires. We believe that a
boater who receives proper boating education is less likely to be
involved in an accident or other mishap, and will result in a more
enjoyable boating experience.
La Paz County
Dept of Public