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A "wake" refers to the path of moving waves a boat leaves behind it and is a product of the boat size, weight, hull shape, boat speed, boat trim, and water depth. A boat being accelerated by the force of the engine transfers this energy into the wake. All boats create a wake and all boaters are responsible for their wake.  You can be proactive and reduce your wake simply by changing how you operate your boat to having a lower impact on those around you.

Watch your Speed: 

As the boat operator, it can be easy to control your wake.  Understanding the speeds under which your boat operates is the first step.

Speed and generating wakes 

NEW! If you operate on the Willamette River between river miles 30-50, you need to take a Towed Watersports Education Course, apply for your endorsement and affix decals on the stern of your boat. This education requirement went into effect on January 1, 2020. Use the Newberg Pool app to know where you are on the river and which local rules for boat operations apply. 

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