Marine Patrol

The Franklin County Marine Patrol has several trained Marine Deputies. The Marine patrol, patrols the Snake River and Columbia River. The Snake River patrol area starts at Lyons Ferry to the mouth of the Columbia River. The Columbia River patrol area starts from the White Bluffs Boat launch to the Sacajaweha state park.


The Franklin County Marine Patrol Boating Mandatory Education

State law requires most operators of motorboats with a 15 horsepower or greater motor to get a boater education card. Boat operators who were born before Jan. 1, 1955, are exempt. Boat operators of other ages are being phased in.


To see when you are required to carry a boater education card, visit the Washington State Parks and Recreation Website.

View The Official Washington Boater Safety Handbook