Memorial Day weekend is the unofficial beginning of summer in Michigan for many people.
With so many lakes in the tri-county area, many lakefront property owners have their docks, boats and pontoons in and start their boating season over the holiday. Adding to the enjoyment is the fact that temperatures are expected to reach the low 80s this weekend in the tri-county area.
The Genesee County Sheriff’s Office Marine Division also looks at this weekend as the beginning of their summer season for patrolling area lakes.
Sheriff Chris Swanson said the marine division, which is funded by a Department of Natural Resources grant, has been trained and is ready to go. There will be six deputies, three of whom are returning from last year’s assignment of patrolling the lakes.
Dep. Luke Combs, a sheriff’s deputy assigned to Fenton Township, has taken on the additional task of overseeing the marine patrol, as well as Swanson.
The marine division has a pontoon, a boat, and personal watercraft to monitor and patrol the lakes. A second boat is on order.
Swanson said marine division deputies typically spend more time patrolling Lake Fenton, Lake Ponemah, Silver Lake and Lobdell Lake, but will go wherever there is a need. In the event of an emergency or to report a situation, call 911.
When asked if deputies will monitor for COVID-19 social distancing guidelines, Swanson said, “We are asking people to use good judgment for themselves and those around them.”