Category Archives: State Marine Board (OSMB)

Oregon Marine Board warns rivers, lakes are running low

The Oregon Marine Board has a warning before you enjoy the water this weekend. Many lakes and rivers in the state are running low. Officials say some may even be 30 feet lower than this time last year. The Marine Board says severe low water has attributed to several boat groundings over the past week. […]
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Marine board moves to restrict wake sports on Portland’s Willamette River

The Oregon State Marine Board is moving forward with new rules that restrict wake sports on the Willamette River in Portland. Source: Marine board moves to restrict wake sports on Portland’s Willamette River

Oregon boaters, kayakers and rafters without permit could face fine

A $17 permit system is aimed at funding projects such as boat ramps, parking areas and bathrooms on Oregon waterways. Source: Oregon boaters, kayakers and rafters without permit could face fine

Grace period to end Aug. 1 for Oregon paddlers without permits

Either not knowing — or pretending not to know — that rafters and others in nonmotorized floating devices 10 feet or longer need a new state waterways access permit has been met with little more than a waterway lecture from boating authorities the past seven months. But beginning Aug. 1, that little lecture could come […]
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Here’s the lowdown on life jackets in Oregon

Q: It’s been a while since I have had to worry about this, but what are the life jacket requirements in Oregon, specifically for kids? Got the grandkids visiting this sumer and want to make sure I have the right number of vests, etc. , for them. A: Well, Gramps, you came to the right […]
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Oregon paddlers will need state access permit August 1 or could face hefty fine

Most paddlers of non-motorized boats across Oregon will need to carry a state Waterway Access Permit, beginning August 1, or face a potential $115 fine, the Oregon State Marine Board warned Monday. Source: Oregon paddlers will need state access permit August 1 or could face hefty fine – KTVZ

Public can weigh in on Oregon’s boating facility grant applications

For the first time in the 50-year history of the Oregon State Marine Board’s Boating Facility Grant Program, the public now has an opportunity to weigh in on where they’d like to see their boating dollars invested. Marine Board staff wants to provide an opportunity for the public to comment directly to the agency and […]
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Santiam float from Greens Bridge to Jefferson remains very dangerous

One of Oregon’s more popular floats will remain dangerous and choked full of logs, at least for the foreseeable future, officials with the Oregon State Marine Board said Wednesday. The float on the North Santiam and Santiam River, from Greens Bridge to Jefferson, is typically packed with inner tubers during hot summer days, but after […]
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Drinking and boating? Ye Be Warned, the Oregon Marine Board says

The Marine Board, marine law enforcement from 18 county sheriff’s offices, Oregon State Police and five Oregon U.S. Coast Guard Stations will be participating in Operation Dry Water during the weekend of July 3-5, as part of a nationally coordinated effort to reduce the number of accidents and fatalities related to Boating Under the Influence […]
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Boat inspection keeps invasive species out of Oregon

Whether you’re out on your boat, kayaking or catching a wave on your surfboard, you can expect a cooldown from summer’s approaching heat. What you might not expect, and in fact not even be able to see, are the little stowaways that might be tagging along with you. Two of the most notable examples are […]
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