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Oregon Boating Laws

Boating Laws Recently Enacted (2010-Present)

Lower Willamette River Wake Enhancing Device Ban 
As of January 1, 2010 a "wake enhancing device ban" will take effect for the lower Willamette River:
Location: Willamette River between Newberg and Canby
Adopted: September 2008
Rule Summary: beginning January 1, 2010 -Slow-no-wake within 100’ of private structures and no wake-enhancing devices.
Background: This rule was adopted to address wake-related property damage on this narrow stretch of the Willamette River.
OAR 250-020-0032 Boat Operations:
(5) On the Willamette River from the Hwy 219 Bridge at RM 48.5 to the upper end of Willow Island at RM 31.5, the following rules apply:
   (a) No person shall operate a motorboat at a speed in excess of a "Slow - No Wake" maximum 5 mph speed within 100 feet of private docks, boathouses or moorages legally permitted by the Oregon Department of State Lands.
   (b) Beginning January 1, 2010, no person shall use wake-enhancing devices, including ballast tanks, wedges or hydrofoils or other mechanical devices, or un-even loading of persons or gear, to artificially operate bow-high.

Class III Rapids PFD Law -Establish Life Jacket Wear Requirements (HB 2079) 
As of January 1, 2010 boaters operating in Class III or higher white water rapids must wear an approved U.S. Coast Guard Type I, III or V personal flotation device that is suitable for use on whitewater rivers. 
Aquatic Invasive Species Prevention Permit Program (HB 2220, HB 2583, & HB 3399)
The Oregon State Marine Board and the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife are implementing the new Aquatic Invasive Species Prevention Program, which will include education, outreach, boat inspections and decontamination of infested boats to prevent the introduction and spread of aquatic invasive species.   Under HB 2220, boaters purchase a permit to fund the new program.  Under HB 2583, boats with aquatic species on the hull, motor, or trailer are prohibited from launching into the waters of the state.  In 2011, HB 3399 was passed, which allows the State Marine Board, Department of Fish and Wildlife, law enforcement and other trained personnel to inspect all trailered boats entering Oregon.  Mandatory inspection stations operate near Oregon's borders and all boats are required to stop for inspection.  For more information about the aquatic invasive species prevention program, click here. 

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Boating Rules & Regulations in Oregon

Oregon Boating Regulations
Speed limits, motor restrictions and other regulations are in place on all Oregon waterways. It pays to know the regulations before you go - some small lakes are managed for manually powered craft only, and certain rivers allow motorboats only on certain days. Click links below for more information:
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Law Enforcement Directory & Program

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Presumptive Fine Schedule

Click here to view the presumptive fine schedule for 2014 that includes all boating violations with costs.
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