Waterway access permits will be required for nonmotorized boats and paddle craft beginning Aug. 1, according to a release from the Oregon Marine Board.
The permits are required statewide, excluding some federally designated lakes and rivers where other permits already are compulsory. All paddle craft 10 feet in length must be registered or be subjected to a $115 fine.
The Aquatic Invasive Species Program and the
Marine Board's Boating Facility Program are directly funded by revenue produced by the permit. These projects will develop and improve boating access, public restrooms, parking lots, docks and provide funds for the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife (ODFW) to inspect boats for invasive species.
Grants also will be given to tribal governments and NGOs for boating safety education, equipment and access for communities in need.
There are three purchasing options available: One week for $7, one calendar year for $14, and two calendar years for $30.
Permits can be purchased through the ODFW Electronic Licensing System at bit.ly/2WHTB0w and the Boat Oregon Store at bit.ly/2E6saHr.