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Recreational Safety Programs

Michigan now offers two online boating safety classes and Exam without taking a proctored exam. There is a fee for these classes and they are available at the following links:

Minimum Age for Motorboat Operators

Boaters under 16 years of age must meet certain requirements before they can legally operate a boat with a motor larger than 6 horsepower:

These requirements are:

Personal Watercraft Regulations

Boaters Safety Class

WHEN: May 10th & 12th (Must attend both days)
TIME: 6:00pm-9:00pm (Both Days)
WHERE: Alpine Township Office, 5255 Alpine Ave NW
TO REGISTER: Please call Beth at 616-784-1262

This class is free. You must be 12 years old to take the class.

ORV Class

No classes are scheduled at this time.

Snowmobile Safety Classes

No classes are scheduled at this time.

Contact Us

Sheriff Department


701 Ball Avenue NE
Grand Rapids, MI 49503

Monday - Friday
8:00am - 5:00pm

(616) 632-6100

(616) 632-6122

Lawrence A. Stelma

Lawrence A. Stelma

Michelle Young
Under Sheriff

Kevin Kelley
Chief Deputy

Chuck Dewitt
Chief Deputy

Correctional Facility

703 Ball Avenue NE
Grand Rapids, MI 49503

(616) 632-6400

Inmate Information
(616) 632-6300

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