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Floating Restrooms

Floating restrooms are a welcome sight when you are out boating and need to go! Detroit Lake -Blowout Arm's Floating Restroom

Floating restrooms are located on several of Oregon’s waterways. Each unit is anchored and has two toilet rooms installed on a deck 24 feet long. This floating restroom video gives an overview of their design.

Many facility partners help to maintain and service these units. The toilets empty into a central holding tank which holds up to 1000 gallons of sewage and keeps it out of surrounding waterways. Once full, floating restrooms are towed to shore. They are pumped by commercial sewage haulers who transport the waste for treatment. 

Find the locations of floating restrooms from the map below or through the free Pumpout Nav app.

Floating restrooms are available through the federal Clean Vessel Act grant. Excise taxes on fishing equipment, motorboat, and small engine fuels are the primary source of CVA funds. These funds are managed and administered by the United States Fish and Wildlife’s Sport Fish Restoration Program. The Oregon State Marine Board distributes CVA funds through a competitive process with willing partners.

Thank you for helping to keep waste out of Oregon’s waterways!

Pumpout/Dump Stations and Floating Restroom Locations

When are Floating Restrooms being placed?

Floating restrooms are deployed at varying times, generally in the late spring/early summer. Please plan accordingly, and have a porta-potty, bucket, gloves, mask, soap/hand sanitizer, and toilet paper, and use dump stations where available. 

Be sure to contact the facility provider to find out if the boat ramp is open for use as part of your trip planning. Some floating restrooms may not be deployed due to low water levels.

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A floating restroom has three main components: barge, superstructure, and toilet system.  Marine-grade aluminum is used as the primary material because of its durability, corrosion resistance, longevity, and recyclability. The barge provides a structurally stable platform that supports the superstructure which in turn, houses the toilet system. 

The barge is approximately 24 feet long, 11.5 feet wide, 3.5 feet deep and divided into seven watertight compartments.  The four corner compartments have foam flotation.  The two side compartments (ballast tanks) are filled with water once the floating restroom is anchored in place.  Each ballast tank holds 1200 gallons.  Adding water ballast lowers the unit into the water, reduces the freeboard, and greatly increases the stability of the floating restroom.  The center compartment is a 1200 gallon sewage holding tank of double-wall construction.

The superstructure is approximately 14 feet long, 3.5 feet wide, 7.5 feet high and divided into three compartments.  The superstructure is centered on the barge and provides ample access on all sides.  The two end compartments are restrooms and each contains a flush toilet and urinal.  The center compartment is the mechanical room and contains the toilet flushing equipment, water ballast pump, low voltage power system, tank monitoring system, storage and access to the sewage holding tank.  The roof of the superstructure has skylights for each toilet compartment, vents for all three compartments, solar panel, mooring light, and sewage holding tank vent pipe.  The doors have vents, privacy locks and power closers. Grab bars are located along both sides of the superstructure and on three walls of the toilet rooms.  Full-width guardrails are located at each end of the floating restroom.  The superstructure and barge deck have a sandblasted finish to eliminate glare and to provide a non-slip surface.

The toilet system consists of two stainless steel flush toilets, button-activated flush valves, a water pump, and a water holding tank. The pump supplies fresh water to a 13-gallon holding tank which meters out about 1/2 gallon per flush.  Waste is discharged directly into the sewage holding tank after each flush.  A special valve in the toilet bowl closes after each flush to retain a small amount of water in the bowl. 

Floating restrooms are towed to a location and anchored in place by piling or a cabling system.  When the holding tank is full, the floating restroom is towed to shore and pumped out by a commercial sanitation service.