Itemizer-Observer staff report
SALEM — Those who paddle in Oregon lakes and rivers will soon need a Waterway Access Permit, the Oregon Marine Board announced.
Paddlers of non-motorized boats will need to carry the permit beginning Aug. 1. The permit is required for all non-motorized boats 10 feet and longer and replaces the Aquatic Invasive Species (AIS) Prevention Permit, according to OMB.
Failure to show the permit is a Class D violation subject to a $115 fine.
Proceeds from the permit funds two programs, the first being the AIS Prevention Program, which is co-managed by the Marine Board and Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife (ODFW). The remainder of the revenue is directed to a dedicated account for the development and improvement of non-motorized access and other services for non-motorized boaters.
The Marine Board’s Boating Facility Program administers the competitive grant program and recently accepted the first grant applications. These programs will develop new boating access and improve facilities by adding vehicle parking spaces, non-motorized boat launches, restrooms, low-freeboard docks.
Funds will continue to pay for ODFW-managed boat inspection stations for aquatic invasive species. Grants will also be available to Oregon’s nine federally recognized Tribal governments, and public and non-governmental organizations for boating safety education, equipment and access to underserved communities.
Permits are not required on federally designated wild and scenic rivers where other permits are already required (boater pass or lottery permits) or for youth 13 and younger. Permits are transferrable to other paddlecraft. For example, if a family has two or more paddlecraft, but only one is on the water at one time, then only one permit would be required.
Three purchasing options are available: One week (valid for 7-days from the date of purchase from ODFW) for $7, one calendar year for $17, and two calendar years for $30.
Permits can be purchased through:
• ODFW Electronic Licensing System where you can print out permit or display using the ODFW App.
• Boat Oregon Store (downloadable PDF to save on mobile device or print and carry with you).