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State Scenic Waterway Rules

The Oregon Parks and Recreation Department (OPRD) must be notified of certain activities proposed within a 1/4 mile of the bank of Oregon’s designated state scenic waterway as outlined in Oregon Administrative Rules (OARs).

Although there are specific OARs that relate directly to each scenic waterway, there are other OARs that apply to all state scenic waterways.  See the complete list of all Chapter 736 Division 40 scenic waterway rules or search for them individually in the table provided below.   

To see the statutory authority (ORS) for the Scenic Waterways, ORS 390.805-390.925 [click here]. 

OPRD Administrative Rules

Other Agency Rules

Water Rights Within or Above State Scenic Waterways (OAR 690-310-0260). Water Resource Department (WRD) rules.

Fill or removal activities in State Scenic Waterways (OAR 141-100). Oregon Department of State Lands (DS)L rules.

Many state designated scenic waterways are also federally designated and managed by federal land managers, including the United States Forest Services (USFS) and the Bureau of Land Management. For information on the National Wild and Scenic Rivers System, visit

Additional Scenic Waterways Information

List of Scenic Waterways

Scenic Waterway Notifications

Potential (Study) Scenic Waterways


For specific information on scenic waterways (including notification for development activities) contact the specialists listed on the scenic waterway notification page.