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The Dunn County Sheriff’s Office provides recreational safety patrol.  In the winter, deputies provide snowmobile enforcement on the county’s 320 miles of groomed snowmobile trails.  During the summer months, deputies provide boat enforcement on the three main lakes of Tainter, Menomin, and Eau Galle, as well as the Red Cedar and Chippewa River.  The patrol is not staffed full-time and coverage is only provided on an as-needed basis.

The Sheriff's Office also assist the Wisconsin DNR with fish & game violations throughout Dunn County.

The sheriff’s office utilizes an 19′ dual console patrol vessel funded by the DNR to patrol the lakes and larger waterways in the county.  Deputies also have access to a smaller 16′ vessel and a 16' jet-drive vessel for smaller and shallow waterways. The majority of water patrol operations are funded through the Wisconsin DNR.  Per state statute, the Sheriff has the responsibility for search and rescue and recovery operations on local waters.


The water patrol provides the following services:

– Enforcement of local and state boat safety laws and regulations

– Search & Rescue, Recovery Operations

– Notification of Severe Weather

– Investigation of boat incidents, drownings, and crashes

– Provide patrol visibility during heavy populated events, holidays, and weekends.


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The sheriff’s office utilizes two marked patrol snowmobiles purchased through a law program and funded by the Wisconsin DNR.  Recreation Deputies patrol over 320 miles of groomed snowmobile trails in Dunn County as well as the frozen waters.  The majority of snowmobile related patrol and enforcement expenses are funded through the Wisconsin DNR.



Dunn County has hundreds of miles of approved ATV/UTV routes throughout the county in all 22 townships.  The number of off-road trails are also increasing.  With nearly all township roads open for ATV use in the county, the amount of ATV and UTV traffic has greatly increased in recent years.  The majority of ATV related patrol and enforcement expenses are funded through the Wisconsin DNR.

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