Saratoga County contains numerous lakes and waterways drawing thousands of tourists each year. Residents and visitors alike partake in various kinds of recreational boating activities. The Saratoga County Sheriff’s Office has played a vital role in insuring boater safety within Saratoga County. The marine unit consists of several deputy sheriff’s, four patrol boats, personal water crafts (PWC’s), and an air boat. Members of the marine unit conduct vessel inspections and engage in enforcement of applicable boating laws and rules. For further information regarding NYS Navigation Law which governs waterways you can download the NYS Boater Safety Guide HERE. The Sheriff’s Office patrols such lakes as the Sacandaga Lake which spans a total of 29 miles across Fulton and Saratoga counties and Saratoga Lake in the heart of Saratoga County.
The Saratoga County Sheriff’s Office strongly encourages boaters to practice safe boating by always providing personal flotation devices, PFD’s, for all boat occupants. It is the responsibility of boat operators to exercise caution and control when operating motorized vessels and boaters are reminded that all motorized boats must be registered with NYS Department of Motor Vehicles. All boats are required to carry specified safety equipment as outlined by the NYS Navigation Law. For further information download the NYS Boater Guide here.