Coast Auxilary

By: News Release
Jul 17th, 2017

Lacrosse, WI – US Coast Guard Auxiliary personnel remained quite busy over the July 4th weekend with events all across the area. Division 2 Commander Steve Johnson of Ferryville, WI states “We had a very busy 4th of July. We had boats on patrol in 5 cities of our Area of Responsibility. Our facilities were part of full river closures for fireworks in Marquette, IA, Winona, MN and Lacrosse, WI.”

On Friday US Coast Guard Auxiliary Vessel Safe Passage rescued a pontoon boat that had lost propulsion and was drifting down the river with three people on board. During the weekend Auxiliary vessels also participated in 7 partial closures for various water related events and numerous escort missions for tow boats passing thru downtown Lacrosse.”

Several times Auxiliary vessels removed floating logs and other dangerous debris from the ski show area.

A total of 33 USCG Auxiliary volunteers from all four Division 2 Flotillas participated in the four days of events. Auxiliary vessels came from the Lacrosse, Prairie du Chien and Winona Flotillas.

Division two includes Flotillas in Lacrosse, Prairie du Chien, Rochester and Winona.

Other agencies providing river patrols included Federal and State Conservation officers, Sheriff’s patrols, city police and fire departments

We had members from all four flotillas work our Riverfest information tent recruiting and answering many questions about safe boating, the Coast Guard Auxiliary, the river and boating in general”, Johnson said


The Coast Guard Auxiliary is the uniformed civilian component of the U.S. Coast Guard and supports the Coast Guard in nearly all mission areas. The Auxiliary was created by Congress in 1939. For more information, please visit