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Do you want to wakeboard, waterski, or tow tubers in the Newberg Pool?
The Newberg Pool on the Willamette River is an area defined as a "congested zone" and is characterized by its deep water in the pool from the mouth of the Yamhill River at river mile 55 to Willamette Falls at river mile 26.6. This stretch is in the Clackamas, Marion, and Yamhill Counties.
Per ORS 830.649, boat operators must:
Boat owners must also:
This is proof for law enforcement that the boat operator is knowledgeable in towed watersports safety, wave management techniques, and operator responsibilities for accident prevention.
The study guide is available online.
Per Oregon Administrative Rule (OAR 250-018-0200), the card and decals need to be renewed every two calendar years. The cost is $20 and the renewal fee is $20. The card and decals are non-transferrable.
In 2019, the Oregon Legislature passed House Bill 2352 directing the Marine Board to create a Towed Watersports Education Program for wakeboarders and wake surfers on the Newberg Pool. This law went into effect on January 1, 2020.
Senate Bill 1589, passed during the 2022 legislative session, made modifications to the Towed Watersports Program. In addition to prohibiting wake surfing in the Newberg Pool (Willamette Falls to the Yamhill River), it requires Towed Watersports Education for anyone engaged in towed watersports in this stretch of river. Boat owners must also apply for the Towed Watersports Education Certificate, which comes in the form of decals to be placed on the bow of the boat.
If you would like to learn more about the Towed Watersports Education Program, please email MariAnn McKenzie at firstname.lastname@example.org. To discuss the legislation, laws, and rules related to the Newberg Pool, please contact Josh Mulhollem at email@example.com.
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