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The Business Services section provides administrative services, financial management, public affairs, procurement, and information technology services. 

2023-25 Legislatively Adopted Budget

For the 2023-25 biennium, the agency is forecasting an increase of 5% and 4.5% in revenues and expenditures, respectively (compared to the 2021‐23 Legislative Adopted Budget).  

Cart with Budget Comparison from 19-21 biennium to 21-23 biennium


The Marine Board does not receive state general funds or lottery dollars. The agency is funded by boaters through:

  • Motorized boat title and registration fees
  • Waterway Access permits
  • Guides & Outfitters registration fees
  • Mandatory Education registration fees
  • Floating Homes & Houseboats title and registration fees
  • Towed Watersports Endorsements

Federal funding also comes from the US Coast Guard. The funding amount depends on the number of registered motorboats and sailboats over 12 feet in length.

Other federal dollars include:

  • US Department of the Interior (Fish and Wildlife Conservation Act) Clean Vessel Act
  • Boating Infrastructure grant funds from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.
  • Every four years, the agency surveys motorized boaters on their gasoline consumption. The Oregon Department of Transportation transfers fuel tax dollars back to the agency.

The budget for the biennium 2023-25 projects total revenues of $32.4 million (state) and $6.9 million (federal funds).

Revenue sources


There are four agency sections receiving the bulk of revenue; returned to boaters for services:

  • Marine Law Enforcement (on-water enforcement, training, equipment)
  • Boating Facilities (grants for boating access & education)
  • Administration and Education (agency operations & boating safety)
  • Aquatic Invasive Species (prevention, education & inspection stations)

The Marine Board does not receive state general funds or lottery dollars. The agency is funded by boaters through:

For the biennium 2023-25, the agency is budgeting $39.2 million in expenditures. 

Allocation by program and fund typeExpenditures and allocations by fund type

Waterway Access Permit Revenue -Returned to Boaters

Waterway Access Permit revenue goes back out to eligible applicants in the form of Waterway Access Grants (WAG). 

Eligible grant applicants include:

  • Cities,
  • Counties,
  • Ports,
  • Park districts,
  • State and federal agencies, and
  • Tribal governments

Grant dollars can be used to:

  • buy property,
  • develop, construct, renovate, and improve nonmotorized recreational boating access
  • promote boating safety education and buy equipment for boating programs in underserved communities.

WAG can assist governmental entities with these types of access improvements on Oregon's waterways:

Image with text of types of projects that can be used with Waterway Access Grant dollars

The revenue collected from Waterway Access Permits from July 2021 - June 2023 was $1,868,182. The agency awarded $914,489 in Waterway Access Grants out of the $1.5 million grant dollars available.