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Boating Facilities Program

Miller Island on the Klamath


In 1962, the Marine Board's Boating Facilities Program was born as a result of the federal gas tax and appropriation from gas tax for facilities construction.  In 1985, the Oregon Legislature directed marine fuel tax revenue to go to the Marine Board for boating programs which was also the year that the Maintenance Assistance Program (MAP) was developed.  The MAP program was created in response to reduced local government funding for operations and maintenance and the desire of the Marine Board to protect, preserve and extend the useful life of the facility grant projects.  

The Marine Board is a funding mechanism (grants) for local, state and federal waterway facility providers. The Marine Board does not own or operate any boating sites or facilities and instead, relies on willing partners to apply for grants to make needed improvements. 

Boating Facility Grants are available to waterway managers of public boating access sites around the state to acquire, improve, and maintain boating facilities that serve recreational boaters. Typical boating improvements include launch ramps, boarding floats, parking lots, restrooms, temporary tie up docks, and other services needed by boaters (pumpout/dump stations and floating restrooms).  Waterway managers have a 25% match for boating facility grants which can come in the form of administration and in-kind and cash contributions.

The Marine Board receives no money from the state General Fund or Lottery dollars. Agency revenues come from a mix of state and federal sources, all of which are derived from boaters.  State sources include registration fees and marine fuel taxes paid by owners of registered boats. Federal sources include grants from the US Coast Guard for boating safety programs and the US Fish & Wildlife Service for boat waste facilities and short term moorage.  

The Boating Facilities Section creates a Six-Year plan based on boater and waterway facility manager's feedback to identify boating needs and then uses the plan to help prioritize grant funding recommendations to the Marine Board.  The 2018-2024 Six-Year plan identified nearly $214 million in facility needs!  To put this in perspective, the program receives roughly $10 million a biennium. 

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