The Otter Tail County Sheriff’s Water Patrol is responsible for the safety of residents and visitors who use the lakes and rivers of the County and for the regulation of all lakes, rivers, and waterways by authority of Minnesota State Statute 86B.105.
Water Patrol Deputies are directed to conduct patrol activities on the lakes, rivers and waterways to maintain a visible presence and enforce compliance with the Minnesota Boat and Water Safety Act Chapter 86B, Minnesota DNR Boat and Water Safety Rules Chapter 6110, and Otter Tail County Ordinances.
Their duties include promoting safe boating activities, assisting boaters in distress, and investigating boating related complaints and accidents. Water Patrol Deputies also provide boating and water safety educational talks and presentations to various groups and organizations. In addition, they conduct safety inspections of all rental, lease, charter, and resort watercraft that operate in Otter Tail County. Throughout the boating season, they monitor safe boating conditions on the lakes, rivers, and waterways.