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These are dynamic (fluid and evolving) times, and the Marine Board is actively working with our marine law enforcement partners and boating facility managers to help protect public health while ensuring public safety in the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Marine Board asks that you use your good judgment and if you venture out to go boating to be fluid and adaptable to rapidly changing situations. We also recommend that you:
Recreational Boating During COVID-19We love boating just like you, and the feeling of pure fun, exhilaration, and rejuvenation different boating activities provide. As boating facility providers close or modify their operations in response to this public health crisis, boaters will need to adapt. We ask that you honor the closures that exist, follow all facility rules in place, and do your part to maintain physical distancing while boating. Let's all work together so that we can get back to our normal boating activities as soon as possible. While boating, please ensure you are following the Governor's Executive Order.
No. The Marine Board helps fund and maintain boat ramps (and other amenities) in partnership with facility owners, so decisions to close a park or boating access site are determined by the facility owners who are evaluating their situations independently while complying with the “Stay Home, Save Lives" order by the Governor. Public boating facilities are owned and operated by City, County, Port, Park District, State, and Federal public bodies. There are some facility owners who have portions of parks closed, but in some locations, the boat ramps remain open. Because of the varying open/closure status, we ask that boaters contact facility owners directly. The Marine Board has contact information (phone number and website URL's) for facility owners that can be found on our interactive Boat Oregon Map.
It depends. The path to reopening boat ramps will vary across the state, as each facility owner determines the best level of safety -for their staff and their local community. Some ramps have remained open, while others have modified operations, and others have closed completely. Additionally, each facility with a boat ramp has a different set of challenges ranging from location, the status of nearby ramps, seasonality, boating activities, and the ability to safely provide boater amenities, like restrooms. Take time in advance to see if a boat ramp is open. Visit the Marine Board's interactive Boat Oregon Map to find contact information to a facility near you.
No. Ultimately, it's an individual business decision, not the Marine Board's. However, interpreting the Governor's latest order, many outfitters, guides, and charter business operations would be challenged to maintain the 6-foot separation, among other factors. OSP and marine enforcement have stated they will educate first and cite as a last resort unless the agency is given additional direction. A guide who is unable to comply with the Governor's latest order faces a Class C misdemeanor, which could result in the loss of his or her guide license. Please review ODFW's COVID-19 FAQ's for more information about fishing regulations and closures.
Yes. In-person exams have been canceled at the Marine Board and with local boat dealers. At this time, we're asking boat operators who engage in wake surfing and wakeboarding in the Newberg Pool with boats that meet the weight requirements and need to get their Towed Watersports Endorsement, to contact Jessica.firstname.lastname@example.org for online test options.
Law Enforcement Clarifications for Enforcing COVID-19 Stay at Home Order," Statesman Journal.
OHA's COVID-19 Data Dashboard
OEM Oregon Response Dashboard
OEM COVID Response Website
Governor Brown's COVID Website
MyODFW COVID Page
OPRD COVID FAQ Page
Take Care Out There -Responsible Recreation Toolkit
Oregon Office of Outdoor Recreation
Oregon Parks and Recreation
U.S. Forest Service
Bureau of Land Management
Here are some general dimensions to help with physical distancing when boat launching/retrieving:
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