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Oregon State Marine Board reminds residents of what they can and can't do on congested section of river that includes Wilsonville, West Linn and other cities

COURTESY PHOTO: OSMB - New rules for Newberg Pool portion of the Willamette River are in effect.

New rules for the Newberg Pool portion of the Willamette River, adopted by the Oregon state Legislature during the 2022 session, are in effect for this boating season.

The Oregon State Marine Board reminded residents via a press release about the changes, which included the ban of wake surfing in this section of the river. The zone was also expanded to start at the confluence of the Yamhill River and end at the Willamette Falls.

Along with the wake surfing ban, wakeboarding is not permitted within 200 feet of docks and water skiing is not permitted within 100 feet. Wake surfing means propelling someone forward on equipment such as a surfboard using a boat's wake. Further, boats must be under 5,500 pounds to perform towed watersports (wakeboarding or skiing).

"Because of river width, dock density, and history of high boater use, the Newberg Pool Congested Zone of the Willamette River has unique boating regulations. These laws require additional education credentials for all towed watersports participants, restrict certain boating-related activities near structures, and ban wake surfing," the release stated.

For more information on the new rules, visit

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