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Tahoe boat goes to Butte County

Staff reports

With the regulatory change banning two-stroke engines on Lake Tahoe, the U.S. Forest Service’s Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit had a problem: what to do with the two-stroke powered boat known as the “Lake Ranger.”

The cost of converting the boat to a four-stroke was impractical. For a time, it sat on its trailer, until Forest Service Law Enforcement Officer Bill Johnson had an idea to find a new home for the venerable vessel.

In fairly short order, another lake in California was found that needed just this type of boat.

Today, sporting new markings the boat is based at Lake Oroville, with the Butte County Sheriff’s Office.

The 30-foot Wellcraft, with its twin motors, has turned out to be ideal for the specific conditions of Lake Oroville, officicals say.

Butte County Sheriff’s Deputies George Mahon and Richard Chandler, use the boat regularly in their routine patrols for water enforcement and boating safety efforts on Lake Oroville’s popular and often busy waters.

Deputies Mahon and Chandler have nearly 25 years of combined experience with the Butte County Sheriff’s Office, and have been operating a boat program at Lake Oroville for many years.

In addition to its use in enforcement and safety, the former Forest Service boat provides service for rescue work and the sheriff’s dive team members as well.

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