Bossier Parish is blessed with abundant natural resources, and, due to the growing commercial and recreational use of the Red River and area lakes the Marine Unit was formed. The Unit is designed to foster a clean and safe boating environment, so that all residents and visitors may enjoy our waterways and natural resources. The Unit is staffed with full-time commissioned deputies trained as first responders and in first aid methods, diving techniques, rescue tactics and watercraft operation.
The Marine Unit’s duties include, but are not limited to, patrolling the Red River and other Bossier Parish waterways, enforcing state laws and parish ordinances, and helping those in need of assistance. Following are some rules and regulations relating to recreational boating, along with some emergency contact numbers and common courtesies to make boating safe and fun for you and your family. Remember, practice safe boating, and help us keep Bossier a safe place to enjoy our waterways and natural resources.
Watercraft Registration and Lighting
Watercraft must have boat registration numbers visible on each side of the bow.
Registration papers must be on board the watercraft or with the operator of the watercraft during operation.
Watercraft operated at night must have running lights. There must be a red light on the left front and a green light on the right front. A white light must be located on the rear.
Louisiana Legal Guidelines
Operational Guidelines and Courtesies
When traveling upstream on the Red River, remember:
When operating a personal watercraft (PWC), remember:
For additional information regarding water safety and regulations, call 318-965-2203 and ask to speak to someone with our patrol or marine patrol divisions.