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Abandoned Vessel Information for Boaters

Abandoned vessels in our waterways are a major problem as they create navigation and environmental hazards. Consider the pollution that comes from one abandoned boat that sinks-oil, fuel, antifreeze and many synthetic and often toxic materials the boat itself is made of. Not only do these harmful substances destroy fish habitat and our drinking water, but the blight and dangers that come from sunken boats put boaters at great safety risks.

Legal penalties are substantial for those caught abandoning a boat including stiff fines, liens on your property and possibly jail.

See information from the California Department of Boating and Waterways about disposing of an unwanted vessel.

In the Water Action
to Deal with Abandoned Vessels
in California Waterways

Report Abandoned or Sinking Vessels to your Local Marine Patrol and the US Coast Guard. Check the resources below to identify your Local Marine Patrol and the US Coast Guard contacts in your area.

US Coast Guard

  • Sector Humboldt Bay (707) 269-2550 (from the Mendocino - Sonoma County line north to the California - Oregon border)
     
  • Sector San Francisco Bay (415) 399-3530 (All ocean waters and islands in an area bounded on the North by a line bearing 270 degrees true from the Sonoma-Mendocino county line on the coast at 38-45. 5N; on the West by the outermost extent of the U. S. Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ); and on the South by a line bearing 240 degrees true from the Monterey-San Luis Obispo county line at the coast at 35-47. 5N. Inland units include The California Counties of San Mateo, San Francisco, Marin, Sonoma, Napa, Yolo, Sutter, Yuba, Sierra, Nevada, Placer, El Dorado, Sacramento, Solano, Contra Costa, Alameda, Santa Clara, Stanislaus, San Joaquin, Tuolumne, Calaveras, Amador, Alpine, Monterey, Santa Cruz, San Benito, Merced, Mariposa, Madera, Fresno, and Mono; all Nevada counties except Clark county; all Utah counties except Washington, Kane, Garfield, and San Juan counties; and Sweetwater county, Wyoming.) The Central California patrol area, managed by Coast Guard Group San Francisco, includes the ocean area bounded by the Gualala River (Sonoma/Mendocino County line) to the north, Monterey/San Luis Obispo County line to the south, 200 nautical miles out to sea to the west, and includes the waters of San Francisco Bay.
     
  • Sector Los Angeles (310) 521- 3600 (Covers an area from the Monterey County line south to San Diego County line and out 200 nautical miles for a total of 64,000 square miles.)
     
  • Sector San Diego (619) 278-7033 (From San Mateo point to the Mexico border.)
     

CALIFORNIA MARINE PATROLS

Coastal

Bay-Delta

Inland

DEL NORTE COUNTY SHERIFF
PHONE: (707) 464-4191 X229
FAX: (707) 464-6527
650 Fifth Street
Crescent City, CA 95531

HUMBOLDT COUNTY SHERIFF
PHONE: (707) 268-3636
FAX: (707) 445-7764
826 4th Street
Eureka, CA 95501

LONG BEACH FIRE DEPARTMENT
PHONE: (562) 570-1288
FAX: (562) 570-1289
225 Marina Drive
Long Beach, CA 90803

LOS ANGELES COUNTY FIRE DEPARTMENT
PHONE: (323) 838-2310
FAX: (323) 869-0731
1320 N. Eastern Avenue, Room 225
Los Angeles, CA 90063

LOS ANGELES CITY LIFEGUARDS
PHONE: (323) 906-7953
FAX: (323) 906-7963
3401 Riverside Drive
Los Angeles, CA 90027

LOS ANGELES HARBOR PATROL
PHONE: (310) 823-7762
FAX: (310) 822-7696
13851 Fiji Way
Marina Del Rey, CA 90292

LOS ANGELES PORT DISTRICT
PHONE: (310) 732-3491
FAX: (310) 831-3689
425 South Palos Verdes Street
San Pedro, CA 90733

MONTEREY COUNTY HARBOR
PHONE: (408) 646-3950
City Hall
Monterey, CA 93949

MORRO BAY HARBOR PATROL
PHONE: (805) 772-6254
FAX: (805) 772-6258
1275 Embarcadero
Morro Bay, CA 93442

CONTRA COSTA COUNTY SHERIFF
PHONE: (925) 427-8507
FAX: (925) 427-8512
1980 Muir Road
Martinez, CA 94553

NAPA COUNTY SHERIFF
PHONE: (707) 253-4637
FAX: (707) 966-3805
1535 Airport Road
Napa, CA 94558

SACRAMENTO COUNTY SHERIFF
PHONE: (916) 875-0471
FAX: (916) 686-2705
9250 Bond Road
Elk Grove, CA 95624

SAN FRANCISCO HARBOR PATROL
PHONE: (415) 292-2013
FAX: (415) 292-2015
3950 Scott Street
San Francisco, CA 94123-1063

SAN JOAQUIN COUNTY SHERIFF
PHONE: (209) 953-3428
FAX: (209) 468-4167
7000 Michael N. Canlis Blvd.
French Camp, CA 95231

SANTA CLARA COUNTY SHERIFF’S DEPARTMENT
PHONE: (408) 299-3870
55 West Younger Avenue
San Jose, CA 95110-1721
 

SOLANO COUNTY SHERIFF
PHONE: (707) 580-4977
FAX:  (707) 431-1382
530 Union Avenue, #100  
Fairfield, CA 94533-6306

SONOMA COUNTY SHERIFF
PHONE: (707) 433-0728
FAX: (707) 431-9223
Dispatch:(707) 527-2121
2796 Ventura Ave.
Santa Rosa, CA  95403

SUISUN CITY POLICE DEPARTMENT
PHONE: (707) 421-7386
FAX: (707) 422-8074
701 Civic Center Blvd 
Suisun City, CA 94585-2693

 

 

AMADOR COUNTY SHERIFF
PHONE: (209) 223-6516
FAX: (209) 223-1609
700 Court Street
Jackson, CA 95642

BUTTE COUNTY SHERIFF
PHONE: (530) 538-7543
FAX: (530) 538-2099
33 County Center Drive
Oroville, CA 95965

CALAVERAS COUNTY SHERIFF
PHONE: (209) 754-6478
FAX: (209) 736-5808
891 Mountain Ranch Road
San Andreas, CA 95249

COLUSA COUNTY SHERIFF
PHONE: (530) 458-0221
FAX: (530) 458-0213
929 Bridge Street
Colusa, CA 95932

EL DORADO COUNTY SHERIFF
PHONE: (530) 621-5691
FAX: (530) 626-8091
300 Fair Lane
Placerville, CA 95667

FRESNO COUNTY SHERIFF
PHONE: (559) 488-3924
FAX: (559) 488-3282
P. O. Box 1788 OR 2200 Fresno Street
Fresno, CA 93717

GLENN COUNTY SHERIFF
PHONE: (530) 934-0352
FAX: (530) 934-6429
543 West Oak Street
Willows, CA 95988

IMPERIAL COUNTY SHERIFF
PHONE: (760) 339-0169
FAX: (760) 339-0171
328 Applestill Road
El Centro, CA 92243

INYO COUNTY SHERIFF’S DEPARTMENT
PHONE: (760) 873-6431
FAX: (760) 873-6515
301 W. Line Street
Bishop, CA 93574

 

 

Coastal
(continued)

Inland
(continued)

MORRO BAY STATE PARK
Southern Field Division
SAN LUIS OBISPO COAST DISTRICT
PHONE: (805) 772-2560
State Park Road,
Morro Bay, CA 93442

MOSS LANDING HARBOR DISTRICT
PHONE: (831) 633-5417
7881 Sandholdt Rd.
Moss Landing, CA 95039

NAPA COUNTY SHERIFF
PHONE: (707) 253-4637
FAX: (707) 966-3805
1535 Airport Road
Napa, CA 94558

ORANGE COUNTY SHERIFF’S DEPARTMENT
PHONE: (949) 723-1002
FAX: (949) 673-6285
1901 Bayside Drive
Corona Del Mar, CA 92625

SAN FRANCISCO HARBOR PATROL
PHONE: (415) 292-2013
FAX: (415) 292-2015
3950 Scott Street
San Francisco, CA 94123-1063

SAN MATEO COUNTY HARBOR DISTRICT
PHONE: (650) 952-0808
FAX: (650) 871-7532
95 Harbormaster Rd. #1
South San Francisco, CA 94080

SAN MATEO HARBOR PATROL
PHONE: (650) 522-7460
FAX: (650) 522-7461
330 W. 20th Avenue
San Mateo, CA 94403

SAN MATEO COUNTY HARBOR DISTRICT
(OYSTER POINT MARINA)

PHONE: (415) 952-0808
95 Harbor Master Road, Unit 1
So. San Francisco, CA 94080

SAN MATEO COUNTY HARBOR DISTRICT
(PILLAR POINT)

PHONE: (650) 726-4723
FAX: (650) 726-7740
One Johnson Pier
Half Moon Bay, CA 94019

SAN LUIS OBISPO COUNTY SHERIFF’S DEPARTMENT
PHONE: (805) 781-4553
FAX: (805) 781-4634
PO Box 32
San Luis Obispo, CA 93406

SAN LUIS OBISPO (PORT SAN LUIS HARBOR PATROL)
PHONE: (805) 595-5435
FAX: (805) 595-5434
PO Box 249
Avila Beach, CA 93424

SAN DIEGO CITY LIFEGUARDS
Lifeguard Services
PHONE: (619) 221-8833
FAX: (619) 221-8858
2581 Quivira Court
San Diego, CA 92109-8398

SAN DIEGO HARBOR POLICE DEPARTMENT
PHONE: (619) 686-6516
FAX: (619) 686-6522
3380 North Harbor Drive
San Diego, CA 92101

SANTA BARBARA HARBOR DEPARTMENT

PHONE: (805) 564-5529
132-A Harbor Way
Santa Barbara, CA 93109

SANTA BARBARA CITY HARBOR DEPARTMENT
PHONE: (805) 564-5530
FAX: (805) 897-2588
132-A Harbor Way
Santa Barbara, CA 93109

SANTA BARBARA COUNTY SHERIFF’S DEPARTMENT
PHONE: (805) 681-4100
4434 Calle Real
Santa Barbara, CA 93160

SANTA CRUZ COUNTY SHERIFF’S DEPARTMENT
PHONE: (408) 454-2290
701 Ocean Street, Room 340
Santa Cruz, CA 95060

SANTA CRUZ PORT DISTRICT
PHONE: (408) 475-6161
FAX: (408) 475-9558
135 Fifth Avenue
Santa Cruz, CA 95062

SONOMA COUNTY SHERIFF
PHONE: (707) 433-0728
FAX: (707) 431-9223
Dispatch:(707) 527-2121
2796 Ventura Ave.
Santa Rosa, CA  95403

VENTURA COUNTY SHERIFF’S DEPARTMENT
PHONE: (805) 654-2381
FAX: (805) 645-1391
800 So. Victoria Avenue
Ventura, CA 93009

VENTURA PORT DISTRICT
PHONE: (805) 642-8618
FAX: (805) 658-2249
1603 Anchors Way
Ventura, CA 93001

VENTURA STATE LIFEGUARDS
PHONE: (805) 648-3321
FAX: (805) 641-3873
901 San Pedro Street
Ventura, CA 93001
 

 

KERN COUNTY
PHONE: (661) 868-7016
FAX: (661) 868-7001
1110 Golden State Avenue
Bakersfield, CA 93301

KINGS COUNTY SHERIFF
PHONE: (559) 582-3211X 12795
FAX : (559) 584-4738
BOATS:(559) 469-4027
1444 W. Lacey Blvd.
Hanford, CA 93230

LAKE COUNTY SHERIFF
PHONE: (707) 279-1591
FAX: (707) 262-4220
1220 Martin Street
Lakeport, CA 95453

LASSEN COUNTY SHERIFF
PHONE: (530) 251-8013
FAX: (530) 257-9363
1415 Sheriff Cady Lane
Susanville, CA 96130

MADERA COUNTY SHERIFF’S DEPARTMENT
PHONE: (209) 675-7769
14143 Road 28
Madera, CA 93638

MERCED COUNTY SHERIFF’S DEPARTMENT
PHONE: (209) 385-7330
2222 M Street
Merced, CA 95340-3780

MODOC COUNTY SHERIFF’S DEPARTMENT
PHONE: (530) 233-4416
FAX: (530) 233-4971
PO Drawer 460
Alturas, CA 96101

MARIPOSA COUNTY SHERIFF
PHONE: (209) 966-3615
FAX: (209) 742-5090
P. O. Box 276
Mariposa, CA 95338

MONO COUNTY SHERIFF
PHONE: (760) 932-7549
FAX: (760) 935-4072
P. O. Box 616 OR 100 Bryant Street
Bridgeport, CA 93517-0616

NEVADA COUNTY SHERIFF
PHONE: (530) 265-1471
FAX: (530) 470-0439
950 Maidu Avenue
Nevada City, CA 95959

PLACER COUNTY SHERIFF
PHONE: (530) 889-7821
FAX: (530) 889-6876
P. O. Box 6990
Auburn, CA 95604

PLUMAS COUNTY SHERIFF
PHONE: (530) 283-6375
FAX: (530) 283-6344
1400 East Main
Quincy, CA 95971

RIVERSIDE COUNTY SHERIFF’S DEPARTMENT
PHONE: (909) 245-3300
FAX: (909) 245-3311
333 Limited
Lake Elsinore, CA 92530

RIVERSIDE COUNTY SHERIFF’S DEPARTMENT
PHONE: (909) 244-2955 X 16
FAX: (909) 246-2022
31516 Railroad Canyon Rd.
Canyon Lake, CA 92587

RIVERSIDE COUNTY SHERIFF’S DEPARTMENT
PHONE: (760) 921-7900
FAX: (760) 921-7916
260 N. Spring Street
Blythe, CA 92225

SACRAMENTO COUNTY SHERIFF
PHONE: (916) 875-0471
FAX: (916) 686-2705
9250 Bond Road
Elk Grove, CA 95624

SAN BENITO COUNTY SHERIFF’S DEPARTMENT
PHONE: (831) 636-4080
FAX: (831) 636-1416
451 Fourth Street
Hollister, CA 95023

SAN BERNARDINO COUNTY SHERIFF
PHONE: (760) 326-9308
FAX: (760) 326-9211
1111 Bailey Avenue
Needles, CA 92363

SAN JOAQUIN COUNTY SHERIFF
PHONE: (209) 953-3428
FAX: (209) 468-4167
7000 Michael N. Canlis Blvd.
French Camp, CA 95231

SHASTA COUNTY SHERIFF
PHONE: (530) 245-6075
FAX:  (530) 245-6076
1525 Court Street
Redding, CA 96001

SIERRA COUNTY SHERIFF
PHONE: (530) 289-3701
FAX:  (530) 289-3318
100 Courthouse Square      
Downieville, CA 95936

SISKIYOU COUNTY SHERIFF
PHONE: (530) 436-2810
FAX:  (530) 436-2811
Dispatch:(530) 841-2900
311 Lane Street OR P. O. Box 959    
Yreka, CA 96097

SOUTH LAKE TAHOE POLICE DEPARTMENT
PHONE:  (530) 542-6120
FAX:  (530) 542-1495
1352 Johnson Blvd.        
South Lake Tahoe, CA 96150-8217

STANISLAUS COUNTY SHERIFF’S DEPARTMENT
PHONE: (209) 525-7015
FAX: (209) 525-7106
250 E. Hackett Road
Modesto, CA 95358

SUTTER COUNTY SHERIFF
PHONE: (530) 822-7307
FAX:  (530) 822-7318
Box 1555 OR 1077 Civic Center Blvd.
Yuba City, CA 95993

TEHAMA COUNTY SHERIFF
PHONE: (530) 529-7900
FAX:  (530) 529-7933
P. O. Box 729  
Red Bluff, CA 96080

TRINITY COUNTY SHERIFF
PHONE: (530) 623-8122
FAX: (530) 623-3926
P. O. Box 1228
Weaverville, CA  96041

TULARE COUNTY PARKS
PHONE:  (559) 733-6653 X 4171
FAX: (559) 597-2437
5961 South Mooney Boulevard
Visalia, CA 93277 

TUOLUMNE COUNTY SHERIFF
PHONE:  (209) 533-6300
FAX:  (209) 533-5831
Boat Patrol (209) 532-8420
28 North Lower Sunset Drive
Sonora, CA 95370

YOLO COUNTY SHERIFF
PHONE:  (530) 666-8889
FAX: (530) 668-5238
41793 Gibson Road 
Woodland, CA 95776-9327

YUBA COUNTY SHERIFF
PHONE:  (530) 749-7732
FAX: (530) 741-6445
Boat Patrol (530) 749-7737
P. O. Box 1389 or 215 Fifth Street
Marysville, CA 95901

 

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