There are four rivers in Oregon managed through federal permitting systems, not the Oregon State Marine Board. These include the Deschutes, John Day, Rogue, and Snake rivers.
Each of these rivers has its own management system with different seasons and application dates. Boaters wanting to plan a trip on one of these rivers must familiarize themselves with the applicable permitting system and requirements for the specific river section they intend to boat.
It is the boater's responsibility to be aware of, and follow, all federal permitting requirements for the river segment runs. Some segments are limited entry segments on each of these four rivers that cap the number of boaters who may launch each day, boaters who have not obtained the necessary permits are not allowed to launch.
In addition, these rivers all flow through wild and difficult-to-reach places. Trip leaders are responsible for doing the necessary research and planning to ensure that their group's skill level, equipment, and preparation are adequate for a safe outing.
Traveling by river in these places can require full self-support capability including food and water, protection from the environment, first aid, a garbage system, and a toilet system to pack out all solid waste. A plan and equipment for self-rescue are also needed as help is often not available in the event of an emergency.
All of the permitting systems for these rivers and further information can be accessed by visiting
www.recreation.gov and searching for the river of interest.