Cass County covers a large recreational area. With 514 lakes covering over 258,000 acres of water, the public does not have to go far to find fun on the water.
Cass County has a recreational draw of people both during the summer when the population can exceed 100,000 and during the winter months for its ice fishing, ATVs, skiing, hiking, snowmobiling and other activities.
The Sheriff's Office Recreation Division is supervised by a Lieutenant who oversees the program, including the fleet, volunteer program and the safety/education component. Two deputies are currently assigned to the unit. Currently, the Sheriff's Office has boats permanently on Leech Lake, Gull Lake, Woman Lake, Pleasant Lake and the Outing lakes area. Deputies also patrol ATV and Snowmobile trails and other functions.
Volunteers provide a valuable resource in the Boat and Water Safety Program. They patrol Woman Lake, Pleasant Lake, and the Outing Lakes area. Volunteers, such as Gull Area Lakes Association (GALA), take the responsibility in maintaining many of the buoys on lakes within the county. Each spring, Boat and Water Safety courses are taught in schools throughout the county and resort and rental inspections are completed