Water, Parks, and Trails

Water, Parks, and Trails Unit

About the Unit

The Water, Parks, and Trails Unit is dedicated to providing the finest quality law enforcement services to citizens enjoying the county’s abundant water, park, and trail resources.

The unit is comprised of a sergeant, two full-time deputy sheriffs, seasonal full-time licensed deputy sheriffs, and a volunteer reserve deputy sheriff group.


Services Provided

The Water, Parks, and Trails Unit provides boat and water safety education and enforcement, county park and trails patrol and enforcement, a water recovery team for water rescues and recoveries, and commercial vehicle inspection and enforcement.

The Sheriff’s Office also investigates deaths and accidents involving boats, snowmobiles, all-terrain vehicles, and other recreational vehicles.

We value the citizens we serve. It is the public's perception of the quality of our service that is the defining criteria.

About the County

Washington County has been endowed with natural resources that are aesthetically attractive and diverse. A variety of land forms, high-quality lakes, woodlands, wetlands, and two nationally significant river valleys give the county a wealth of natural amenities.

The parks in Washington County give residents and visitors an opportunity to explore these resources by offering a wide variety of recreational facilities, including camping, swimming, picnicking, and fishing, among others, as well as trails for hiking, biking, in-line skating, horse-back riding, and cross country skiing. These facilities are in parks and on trails throughout the county.