Department of Natural Resources Programs



The Portage County Sheriff's Office is responsible for Department of Natural Resources Programs. Since the inception of mandatory training for youths to participate in ATV, Snowmobile Boat and Hunter Safety, the Sheriff's Office classes have usually been filled to capacity of 40 students. The Sheriff's Office runs four Hunter Safety courses, one Snowmobile Safety course, two ATV Safety courses and one Boating Safety course. The Sheriff's Office has approximately twelve instructors that assist with these programs.

The Sheriff's Office also runs Department of Natural Resources Patrols with boats, ATVs and snowmobiles. The Portage County Sheriff's Office provides approximately 300 hours of Boat Patrol, 100 hours of ATV Patrol and 400 hours of Snowmobile Patrol. All patrols are reimbursed through the State of Wisconsin at a rate of 60 to 100 percent. We currently have one large boat for patrol, Sea Doo personal water craft for patrol and one small boat for rescue. We also have two snowmobiles and two ATVs.

If you have any questions about any of the above listed Department of Natural Resources Programs, please contact Lieutenant Steve Retzki, Support Services Lieutenant, at 715-346-1590 or email him at