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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 Division 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 Patrol

COASTAL

MARINE PATROL ADDRESS CONTACTS
Del Norte County Sheriff  650 Fifth Street Cresecent City, CA 95531  PHONE: (707) 464-4191 X229
FAX: (707) 464-6527
HUMBOLDT COUNTY SHERIFF 826 4th Street
Eureka, CA 95501
PHONE: (707) 268-3636
FAX: (707) 445-7764
LONG BEACH FIRE DEPARTMENT 225 Marina Drive
Long Beach, CA 90803 
PHONE: (562) 570-1288
FAX: (562) 570-1289
LOS ANGELES COUNTY FIRE DEPARTMENT 1320 N. Eastern Avenue, Room 225
Los Angeles, CA 90063
PHONE: (323) 838-2310
FAX: (323) 869-0731
LOS ANGELES CITY LIFEGUARDS 3401 Riverside Drive
Los Angeles, CA 90027
PHONE: (323) 906-7953
FAX: (323) 906-7963
LOS ANGELES HARBOR PATROL 13851 Fiji Way
Marina Del Rey, CA 90292
PHONE: (310) 823-7762
FAX: (310) 822-7696
LOS ANGELES PORT DISTRICT 425 South Palos Verdes Street
San Pedro, CA 90733 
PHONE: (310) 732-3491
FAX: (310) 831-3689
MONTEREY COUNTY HARBOR City Hall
Monterey, CA 93949
PHONE: (408) 646-3950
MORRO BAY HARBOR PATROL 1275 Embarcadero
Morro Bay, CA 93442
PHONE: (805) 772-6254
FAX: (805) 772-6258
MORRO BAY STATE PARK Southern Field Division
SAN LUIS OBISPO COAST DISTRICT
State Park Road,
Morro Bay, CA 93442 
PHONE: (805) 772-2560
MOSS LANDING HARBOR DISTRICT 7881 Sandholdt Rd.
Moss Landing, CA 95039 
PHONE: (831) 633-5417
NAPA COUNTY SHERIFF 1535 Airport Road
Napa, CA 94558
PHONE: (707) 253-4637
FAX: (707) 966-3805
ORANGE COUNTY SHERIFF’S DEPARTMENT 1901 Bayside Drive
Corona Del Mar, CA 92625
PHONE: (949) 723-1002
FAX: (949) 673-6285
SAN FRANCISCO HARBOR PATROL 3950 Scott Street
San Francisco, CA 94123-1063 
PHONE: (415) 292-2013
FAX: (415) 292-2015
SAN MATEO COUNTY HARBOR DISTRICT 95 Harbormaster Rd. #1
South San Francisco, CA 94080
PHONE: (650) 952-0808
FAX: (650) 871-7532
SAN MATEO HARBOR PATROL 330 W. 20th Avenue
San Mateo, CA 94403
PHONE: (650) 522-7460
FAX: (650) 522-7461
SAN MATEO COUNTY HARBOR DISTRICT
(OYSTER POINT MARINA)
95 Harbor Master Road, Unit 1
So. San Francisco, CA 94080 
PHONE: (415) 952-0808
SAN MATEO COUNTY HARBOR DISTRICT
(PILLAR POINT)
One Johnson Pier
Half Moon Bay, CA 94019 
PHONE: (650) 726-4723
FAX: (650) 726-7740
SAN LUIS OBISPO COUNTY SHERIFF’S DEPARTMENT PO Box 32
San Luis Obispo, CA 93406
PHONE: (805) 781-4553
FAX: (805) 781-4634
SAN LUIS OBISPO (PORT SAN LUIS HARBOR PATROL) PO Box 249
Avila Beach, CA 93424 
PHONE: (805) 595-5435
FAX: (805) 595-5434
SAN DIEGO CITY LIFEGUARDS Lifeguard Services 2581 Quivira Court
San Diego, CA 92109-8398 
PHONE: (619) 221-8833
FAX: (619) 221-8858
SAN DIEGO HARBOR POLICE DEPARTMENT 3380 North Harbor Drive
San Diego, CA 92101 
PHONE: (619) 686-6516
FAX: (619) 686-6522
SANTA BARBARA HARBOR DEPARTMENT 132-A Harbor Way
Santa Barbara, CA 93109 
PHONE: (805) 564-5529
SANTA BARBARA CITY HARBOR DEPARTMENT 132-A Harbor Way
Santa Barbara, CA 93109
PHONE: (805) 564-5530
FAX: (805) 897-2588
SANTA BARBARA COUNTY SHERIFF’S DEPARTMENT 4434 Calle Real
Santa Barbara, CA 93160 
PHONE: (805) 681-4100
SANTA CRUZ COUNTY SHERIFF’S DEPARTMENT 701 Ocean Street, Room 340
Santa Cruz, CA 95060
PHONE: (408) 454-2290
SANTA CRUZ PORT DISTRICT  135 Fifth Avenue
Santa Cruz, CA 95062 
PHONE: (408) 475-6161
FAX: (408) 475-9558
SONOMA COUNTY SHERIFF 2796 Ventura Ave.
Santa Rosa, CA  95403 
PHONE: (707) 433-0728
FAX: (707) 431-9223
Dispatch:(707) 527-2121
VENTURA COUNTY SHERIFF’S DEPARTMENT 800 So. Victoria Avenue
Ventura, CA 93009
PHONE: (805) 654-2381
FAX: (805) 645-1391
VENTURA PORT DISTRICT 1603 Anchors Way
Ventura, CA 93001
PHONE: (805) 642-8618
FAX: (805) 658-2249
VENTURA STATE LIFEGUARDS 901 San Pedro Street
Ventura, CA 93001 
PHONE: (805) 648-3321
FAX: (805) 641-3873

 

Bay-Delta

MARINE PATROL ADDRESS CONTACTS
CONTRA COSTA COUNTY SHERIFF 1980 Muir Road
Martinez, CA 94553
PHONE: (925) 427-8507
FAX: (925) 427-8512
NAPA COUNTY SHERIFF 1535 Airport Road
Napa, CA 94558
PHONE: (707) 253-4637
FAX: (707) 966-3805
SACRAMENTO COUNTY SHERIFF 9250 Bond Road
Elk Grove, CA 95624
PHONE: (916) 875-0471
FAX: (916) 686-2705
SAN FRANCISCO HARBOR PATROL 3950 Scott Street
San Francisco, CA 94123-1063 
PHONE: (415) 292-2013
FAX: (415) 292-2015
SAN JOAQUIN COUNTY SHERIFF 7000 Michael N. Canlis Blvd.
French Camp, CA 95231
PHONE: (209) 953-3428
FAX: (209) 468-4167
SANTA CLARA COUNTY SHERIFF’S DEPARTMENT 55 West Younger Avenue
San Jose, CA 95110-1721
PHONE: (408) 299-3870
SOLANO COUNTY SHERIFF 530 Union Avenue, #100  
Fairfield, CA 94533-6306
PHONE: (707) 580-4977
FAX:  (707) 431-1382
SONOMA COUNTY SHERIFF 2796 Ventura Ave.
Santa Rosa, CA  95403 
PHONE: (707) 433-0728
FAX: (707) 431-9223
Dispatch:(707) 527-2121
SUISUN CITY POLICE DEPARTMENT  701 Civic Center Blvd 
Suisun City, CA 94585-2693
PHONE: (707) 421-7386
FAX: (707) 422-8074

Inland

MARINE PATROL ADDRESS CONTACTS
AMADOR COUNTY SHERIFF
700 Court Street
Jackson, CA 95642
PHONE: (209) 223-6516
FAX: (209) 223-1609
BUTTE COUNTY SHERIFF 33 County Center Drive
Oroville, CA 95965
PHONE: (530) 538-7543
FAX: (530) 538-2099
CALAVERAS COUNTY SHERIFF 891 Mountain Ranch Road
San Andreas, CA 95249
PHONE: (209) 754-6478
FAX: (209) 736-5808
COLUSA COUNTY SHERIFF
929 Bridge Street
Colusa, CA 95932
PHONE: (530) 458-0221
FAX: (530) 458-0213
EL DORADO COUNTY SHERIFF
300 Fair Lane
Placerville, CA 95667
PHONE: (530) 621-5691
FAX: (530) 626-8091
FRESNO COUNTY SHERIFF
P. O. Box 1788 OR 2200 Fresno Street
Fresno, CA 93717
PHONE: (559) 488-3924
FAX: (559) 488-3282
GLENN COUNTY SHERIFF 543 West Oak Street
Willows, CA 95988
PHONE: (530) 934-0352
FAX: (530) 934-6429
IMPERIAL COUNTY SHERIFF 328 Applestill Road
El Centro, CA 92243
PHONE: (760) 339-0169
FAX: (760) 339-0171
INYO COUNTY SHERIFF’S DEPARTMEN 301 W. Line Street
Bishop, CA 93574
PHONE: (760) 873-6431
FAX: (760) 873-6515
KERN COUNTY 1110 Golden State Avenue
Bakersfield, CA 93301 
PHONE: (661) 868-7016
FAX: (661) 868-7001
KINGS COUNTY SHERIFF
1444 W. Lacey Blvd.
Hanford, CA 93230
PHONE: (559) 582-3211X 12795
FAX : (559) 584-4738
BOATS:(559) 469-4027
LAKE COUNTY SHERIFF 1220 Martin Street
Lakeport, CA 95453
 
PHONE: (707) 279-1591
FAX: (707) 262-4220
LASSEN COUNTY SHERIFF 1415 Sheriff Cady Lane
Susanville, CA 96130
PHONE: (530) 251-8013
FAX: (530) 257-9363
 
MADERA COUNTY SHERIFF’S DEPARTMENT 14143 Road 28
Madera, CA 93638
PHONE: (209) 675-7769
MERCED COUNTY SHERIFF’S DEPARTMENT 2222 M Street
Merced, CA 95340-3780 
PHONE: (209) 675-7769

MODOC COUNTY SHERIFF’S DEPARTMENT
PO Drawer 460
Alturas, CA 96101
PHONE: (530) 233-4416
FAX: (530) 233-4971
MARIPOSA COUNTY SHERIFF
P. O. Box 276
Mariposa, CA 95338
PHONE: (209) 966-3615
FAX: (209) 742-5090
MONO COUNTY SHERIFF
P. O. Box 616 OR 100 Bryant Street
Bridgeport, CA 93517-0616
 
PHONE: (760) 932-7549
FAX: (760) 935-4072
NEVADA COUNTY SHERIFF 950 Maidu Avenue
Nevada City, CA 95959
PHONE: (530) 265-1471
FAX: (530) 470-0439
PLACER COUNTY SHERIFF
P. O. Box 6990
Auburn, CA 95604
PHONE: (530) 889-7821
FAX: (530) 889-6876
PLUMAS COUNTY SHERIFF
1400 East Main
Quincy, CA 95971
PHONE: (530) 283-6375
FAX: (530) 283-6344
RIVERSIDE COUNTY SHERIFF’S DEPARTMENT  333 Limited
Lake Elsinore, CA 92530
PHONE: (909) 245-3300
FAX: (909) 245-3311
RIVERSIDE COUNTY SHERIFF’S DEPARTMENT
31516 Railroad Canyon Rd.
Canyon Lake, CA 92587
PHONE: (909) 244-2955 X 16
FAX: (909) 246-2022
RIVERSIDE COUNTY SHERIFF’S DEPARTMENT  260 N. Spring Street
Blythe, CA 92225
PHONE: (760) 921-7900
FAX: (760) 921-7916
SAN BENITO COUNTY SHERIFF’S DEPARTMENT 451 Fourth Street
Hollister, CA 95023
PHONE: (831) 636-4080
FAX: (831) 636-1416
SAN BERNARDINO COUNTY SHERIFF 1111 Bailey Avenue
Needles, CA 92363
PHONE: (760) 326-9308
FAX: (760) 326-9211
SAN JOAQUIN COUNTY SHERIFF
7000 Michael N. Canlis Blvd.
French Camp, CA 95231
PHONE: (209) 953-3428
FAX: (209) 468-4167
SHASTA COUNTY SHERIFF 1525 Court Street
Redding, CA 96001
PHONE: (530) 245-6075
FAX:  (530) 245-6076
SIERRA COUNTY SHERIFF 100 Courthouse Square      
Downieville, CA 95936
PHONE: (530) 289-3701
FAX:  (530) 289-3318
SISKIYOU COUNTY SHERIFF
311 Lane Street OR P. O. Box 959    
Yreka, CA 96097
PHONE: (530) 436-2810
FAX:  (530) 436-2811
Dispatch:(530) 841-2900
SOUTH LAKE TAHOE POLICE DEPARTMENT  1352 Johnson Blvd.        
South Lake Tahoe, CA 96150-8217
PHONE:  (530) 542-6120
FAX:  (530) 542-1495
STANISLAUS COUNTY SHERIFF’S DEPARTMENT
250 E. Hackett Road
Modesto, CA 95358
PHONE: (209) 525-7015
FAX: (209) 525-7106
SUTTER COUNTY SHERIFF Box 1555 OR 1077 Civic Center Blvd.
Yuba City, CA 95993 
PHONE: (530) 822-7307
FAX:  (530) 822-7318
TEHAMA COUNTY SHERIFF P. O. Box 729  
Red Bluff, CA 96080
P. O. Box 729  
Red Bluff, CA 96080
TRINITY COUNTY SHERIFF P. O. Box 1228
Weaverville, CA  96041
PHONE: (530) 623-8122
FAX: (530) 623-3926
TULARE COUNTY PARKS
5961 South Mooney Boulevard
Visalia, CA 93277  
PHONE:  (559) 733-6653 X 4171
FAX: (559) 597-2437
TUOLUMNE COUNTY SHERIFF 28 North Lower Sunset Drive
Sonora, CA 95370
PHONE:  (209) 533-6300
FAX:  (209) 533-5831
Boat Patrol (209) 532-8420
YOLO COUNTY SHERIFF 41793 Gibson Road 
Woodland, CA 95776-9327
PHONE:  (530) 666-8889
FAX: (530) 668-5238
YUBA COUNTY SHERIFF P. O. Box 1389 or 215 Fifth Street
Marysville, CA 95901
PHONE:  (530) 749-7732
FAX: (530) 741-6445
Boat Patrol (530) 749-7737