Law Enforcement Prepares For Bud Bash On Houghton Lake

Law enforcement agencies in Roscommon County are preparing for a busy weekend on Houghton Lake.

It’s the 32nd annual Bud Bash.

Bud Bash is huge party put on by The Limberlost Bar right on Houghton Lake every year.

9&10’s Taylor Jones was in Houghton Lake to see how law enforcement plans to keep everyone safe at one of the biggest events of the summer.

Deputies say hundreds of people are expected to be at this event.

Which means all agencies have to work together to keep everyone safe.

“We see what worked well last year keeping people safe,” says Lt. Josh Lator, Houghton Lake MSP post.

Deputies say Bud Bash is the biggest event of the summer in Roscommon County.

“With that many people, especially on a water centered event, you have some security issues and some safety issues. All of the agencies involved do have patrols both on the water and on land that are focused on alcohol enforcement and safety, so we will have extra patrols on land and make sure the people that are driving have not been drinking before driving and also the boats,” says Lator.

Friday we got out on the water with the sheriff’s department to see where they are patrolling Friday.

“There’s times when people get in disagreements, we try to put a stop to that before it escalates. There are people who get too intoxicated,” says Marine Deputy Brian Duncan.

If people violate those rules, they are taken to the Houghton Lake MSP Post.

“We do have a center where anyone who is taken into custody will be processed here and then we team with the Roscommon County jail and they will actually have transport officers here for anyone who is processed for an operating while intoxicated issue whether it be on a water craft or a vehicle,” says Lator.

However, law enforcement says there have been less arrests in recent years thanks to the team effort between MSP, the Sheriff’s Department, DNR and others.

“People are being smart and actually enjoying Michigan’s water but we’re still here just to make sure they are safe and if we are needed, we will be ready to help,” says Lator.

Extra law enforcement will be out all day during the event.

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