It’s National Boating and Fishing Week! June 6-14th

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National Fishing and Boating Week, a national celebration of fishing and boating, takes place the first full week of June every year. This year it’s June 6-14, 2015. It highlights the importance of recreational boating and fishing in enhancing people’s’ quality of life and preserving our country’s natural beauty. It also is when most state’s offer their Free Fishing Days!  And in Oregon, it’s June 6 and 7th!  Listing of free fishing even locations.

Why Go Boating and Fishing?

Family Fishing and Boating Take me

Boating and Fishing are fun, stress-relieving activities:

  • De-stress: Boating is ranked as one of the top 3 of all stress-relieving activities
  • Connect with Nature: 90% of Americans live within an hour of navigable water
  • Help Conserve: The funds from your fishing licenses and boat registrations go towards the conservation of our natural aquatic areas and help pay for boating facilities in Oregon.

Free Fishing Days 2015

During National Fishing and Boating Week, most states offer free fishing days. These are days where anglers are allowed to fish on public bodies of water without a fishing license.

Free fishing days are a perfect opportunity for beginners to try out fishing for the first time. If you already have a fishing license, consider taking a friend or family member who has never been fishing, out on the water for the day.

Mentor or Teach Someone New to Fish

Did you know that one of the main reasons people don’t go fishing or boating, is because no one has invited them? For a newcomer, fishing can feel like an intimidating activity without an experienced guide, but you can help change this. During National Fishing and Boating Week, or the next time you go fishing, take someone new: a child, a relative, a friend.

Your invitation may be just what someone needs to start a lifetime of love for fishing and boating. Join others in sharing the joys of boating and fishing by spreading the word through your social media channels:

Click on the images for the full size and share them as badges on your social pages:

A grandfather mentors his grandchildren in fishing from a boat during one of the Free Fishing Days Three friends go fishing offshore on a center console boat on one of the Free Fishing Days Two children and a father scoop up a fish in a net as they fish from shore during national fishing and boating week

Show us your first catch during National Fishing and Boating Week Catch a memory you'll never release during National Fishing and Boating Week

How to Celebrate National Fishing and Boating Week

Family Fishing and Boating Take me

The best way to celebrate National Fishing and Boating Week is to get out on the water! Fun, stress-relieving activities, fishing and boating are some of the best ways to unwind.

  • Find Places to Boat and Fish: Cruise around our Places to Boat and Fish Map to boating and fishing spots that are near you and fits your family’s needs
  • Visit one of the Top 100 Family-Friendly Places to Fish and Boat in America. The online community recently voted for their favorite fishing and boating spots across the country where families are bound to have an enjoyable day on the water. Take a look at the Top 100 list to find a spot close to you.
  • Learn to Fish: Watch instructional videos and read tips from pros on how to cast, tie knots and make fishing rigs in our How to Fish section
  • Share Your Photos: Once you catch the big one, the best thing to do is share the photo! Add yours to our Big Catch Photo Gallery
  • Attend an Event: Many states hold events such as how-to clinics, fishing derbies, boat parades, family festivals and more during National Fishing and Boating Week. Check out our Community Events section to find an event in your state

Celebrating Conservation

You may not know it, but participation in fishing and boating actually helps fund efforts to conserve our natural waterways. A portion of all fishing tackle and license sales, as well as boat supply and registration sales, fund the conservation and preservation of our nation’s waterways through a program called the Sport Fish Restoration Program. This means that every time you purchase a fishing license or register a boat, you are helping improve the natural places you love.

In 2016, National Fishing and Boating Week will take place June 4 – 12.

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Lane County Radio Community Forum -Boating Safety this Season

Lane County Marine Patrol Deputies on the Willamette River, early spring 2015.

Lane County Marine Patrol Deputies on the Willamette River, early spring 2015.

Outstanding radio interview chalked full of important safety “info to know” as you head out on area rivers and lakes -featuring Lane County Marine Deputy, Charles Douglass.

Lane County Radio Community Forum -Boating Safety this Season -With Tracy Berry (McKenzie River Broadcasting)


  • PLAN-PLAN-PLAN & FILE A FLOAT PLAN with family or friends.
  • WEAR A US COAST GUARD -APPROVED LIFE JACKET (The water is still cold!)
  • HAVE PADDLE, WILL MANEUVER.  Float toys have very little maneuverability and create higher risks of injury.  Float toys are not designed for a river.  Use a sturdy craft with paddles.
  • KNOW WHAT EQUIPMENT TO CARRY AND STATE LAWS: Whistle, life jackets, AIS permit, and possibly more equipment for motorboats.
Infographic of how to avoid entrapment in a strainer.

How to avoid entrapment in a strainer.

From day-to-day, the water will go down and change the river/lake dynamics.  Steep drop offs, strong hydraulics, etc.  Check the Marine Board’s website to learn where the reported navigation obstructions are.  Where possible, the agency will work with Marine Law Enforcement to mitigate navigation obstructions.

Keep this summer fun by applying these precautions!

The Peter Courtney Minto Island Bridge Construction

Conceptual design of the Peter Courtney Minto Pedestrian and Bicycle Bridge.

Conceptual design of the Peter Courtney Minto Pedestrian and Bicycle Bridge.

Now that construction activity is underway for the bridge construction, the City of Salem intends to post regular updates, the first of which is included below.

Contractor will begin pile driving at Riverfront Park near the Eco-Earth Ball; park users or those in the vicinity of Riverfront and Minto Brown Island Park may hear the pile driving.
During the week of 6/1:
-Contractor will begin constructing temporary work bridge
-Begin form work at two foundation locations at Riverfront Park
-Contractor will begin pile driving for temporary work bridge in the Willamette
-Slough; park users or those in the vicinity of Riverfront and Minto Brown Island Park may hear the pile driving
-Continue working on path at Minto Brown Island
This schedule is subject to change.


OREGON – WILLAMETTE SLOUGH – MINTO ISLAND PEDESTRIAN / BICYCLE BRIDGE: Special bridge notice Legacy Contracting, Inc. is constructing the Minto Island Pedestrian Bridge in Salem, OR in vicinity of Riverfront Park Playground at 44-56-19.0N, 123-02-43W.  The construction work will be Monday through Sunday 24 hours per day until October 15, 2016.  Boaters can expect overhead cranes and pile driving while constructing temporary trestles with overhead hazards with a minimum clearance of 10 feet.  A temporary 40 foot wide channel will be marked with signs for passage under the bridge and through the construction zone.  Regulatory orange and white buoys will be also be placed marking the construction area for no wake and bridge construction.  The onsite superintendent is Monte Nunnelly can be reached at (503) 510-7624.  For more construction information, contact Todd Ross at (503) 749-1818, or

Free Class -Electric Shock Drowning Prevention






Electric Shock Drowning Prevention Class

Saturday, June 6, 2015

9 am to Noon

Rocky Point Marina and Boatyard Clubhouse

23586 NW St. Helens Rd., Portland, OR

On Saturday June 6, Rocky Pointe Marina will host an Electric Shock Drowning (ESD) prevention class at the Boatyard Clubhouse in St. Helens, OR. Joined by local boat owner and ESD-prevention advocate Kevin Ritz, Rocky Pointe Marina hopes to raise awareness of the dangers of stray electricity in the water that can lead to fatalities.

Following the tragic loss of his young son to ESD over 15 years ago, Kevin Ritz has made it his life mission to prevent this from happening to others. Kevin will be offering his expertise on the subject, as well as providing hands-on demonstrations with boats, power pedestals and shore power cords.

This class is free and open to all. We strongly encourage representatives from all marinas and yacht clubs to attend. Please reserve space(s) by emailing to Or simply show up. All are welcome.

The best way to avoid ESD at your facility is to not allow swimming. These 8”x11” signs will be available at the class for only $5 each. You can pre-order your sign when signing up.

In honor of Lucas Ritz.

In honor of Lucas Ritz.


Order Replacement Boater Education Cards Online

Recreational boater showing his boater education card.

Recreational boater showing his boater education card.

Life jackets? Check. Fire extinguisher? Check. Food and water? Check. Boater education card? It’s Friday night at 11 pm and you’re leaving at dawn for the lake when you realize, “Oh no, what did I do with it. Is it in the boat?” No worries. With the Marine Board’s new online storefront (open 24/7), boat operators can order a replacement boater education card and print out a temporary permit and go boating right away. Boaters no longer have to call or visit the Salem office during business hours to verify they have a card, and then wait for snail mail for their replacement, which typically takes two to three weeks.
“This time every spring, boaters get their boats and gear prepped, and sometimes panic when they realize they can’t find their card,” says MariAnn McKenzie, Boater Education Coordinator for the Marine Board.  “It’s easy to go to our online registration system to order a replacement.” The cost of a replacement card is $8 and the storefront accepts most major credit cards.
Go to and click on the RegLine icon from the homepage. If boaters have purchased an AIS permit, applied for a boater education card, or registered a boat, the Marine Board’s online storefront already has the boater’s baseline data. Simply register to create an account. Once boaters establish a user name and password, they can login, and click on online services drop-down, and select the Boater Education Card Replacement Application link, then follow the directions. Once payment is verified, boaters will have the option to print a temporary permit, which is valid for up to 60 days and must be carried onboard the boat. If you need assistance with the online process, please contact the Education Section at the Marine Board at 503-378-8587.
The Mandatory Education law was implemented in 2001 and requires boaters to take an approved boating safety course, apply for a boater education card and carry it with them on the water when operating a powerboat over 10 horsepower. The program was phased in by age beginning in 2003 and after 2009, all boaters are required to take a boating safety course. The card costs $10 and is good for life. McKenzie adds, “Remember to make sure you have your card with you when you’re out on the water. It’s a Class D violation and boaters could get a $110 fine.”
To order a replacement boater education card or to set up an account with the Marine Board’s online storefront for other permits or licenses, visit

Boating -There’s Something for Everyone, Places to Go

Motorboats, kayaks, canoes, rafts, stand up paddleboards, sailboats, personal watercraft -there’s a boat out there for anyone that can connect you to the water.

The Oregon State Marine Board invites boaters to experience some of the improved boating facilities around the state, such as the John Day boat ramp in Clatsop County, the Port of Garibaldi, or Roger’s Landing on the Willamette River. Looking for more secluded locations? With the click of a mouse, you can find a boat ramp and a waterbody near you, from the Marine Board’s interactive boating access map.

Earthen dam, coastal fork willamette river, waterway obstructions, hazards, marine board, lane county sheriff's office, Bald Knob Land and Timber

Earthen dam on the Coastal Fork Willamette River that’s normally submerged during regular flows.

“Boat ramps and boarding floats are designed and built to rise and fall with varying water levels,” says Ashley Massey, Public Information Officer for the Marine Board. “Low water conditions don’t necessarily mean that boating will be limited, but it does mean that boaters need to do their homework and plan ahead. Be sure to check the Marine Board’s Boating Access page for links to river gauges, reservoir levels, weather and locations for low water ramps.” Massey adds, “Also be prepared for cozy conditions, because less water will mean tighter quarters for all recreationists. Remember to be courteous, dust off your knowledge about the rules-of-the-road, and start out slow. There may be submerged objects that weren’t visible before, so keep a sharp lookout.”

The U.S. Coast Guard’s 2014 Recreational Boating Statistics, reveal that national boating fatalities that year totaled 610 — the second lowest number of boating fatalities on record.

Boating safety advocates, including the Marine Board, attribute this decline to increased boater education in many states, life jacket wear and abstaining from consuming intoxicating substances while boating.

“The take-home message is to wear a properly fitting life jacket, designed for the activity you’re doing,” Massey adds. “The waterways will still be cold and combining cold water with hot air temperature and strong currents makes wearing a life jacket the best decision you can make.”

The Marine Board recommends boaters play it safe by:

  • Leaving alcohol at home or on the shore. Instead, take along a variety of non-alcoholic beverages and plenty of water.  Marijuana and other intoxicating substances can lead to a BUII arrest.
  • Know the waterway and plan ahead. Visit the Marine Board’s boating access page to learn about reservoir levels, river volumes, and the locations of known navigation obstructions.
  • If you are feeling fatigued, take a break on land and return to the water when you are re-energized and alert. Wind, glare, and wave motion contribute to fatigue.
  • Operators and passengers should wear properly fitting life jackets. Learn more about life jacket types, styles and legal requirements. Anyone rafting on Class III Whitewater Rivers is required to wear a life jacket, and all children 12 and under when a boat is underway.
  • In Oregon, all boaters must now take a boating safety course and carry a boater education card when operating a powerboat greater than 10 horsepower. The Marine Board also offers a free, online Paddling course for boaters new to the activity.
  • Never boat alone –especially when paddling.

For more information about safe boating in Oregon, visit

“Boat safe, Boat Oregon!”

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Picture above: New boarding floats being installed at the John Day

Oregon campgrounds open for Memorial weekend, but some reservoir levels very low  -Oregonian, Terry Richard

Newly Reported Obstructions -Siltcoos and Willamette Rivers

Google map indicating the area where the Siltcoos River is obstructed.

Google map indicating the area where the Siltcoos River is obstructed.

Siltcoos River Below Tyee Campground Boat Ramp

A fir tree has fallen and blocks the river bank-to-bank with limbs obstructing navigation.  The Lane County Marine Patrol are seeking a contractor to help mitigate this obstruction so boaters can safely pass through.  The obstruction is just below the Tyee Campground Boat Ramp.  Click on the image to enlarge the map.  You can make out the boat ramp where “Tyee” is written on the road of the image.




Be careful launching at the Wallace Marine Boat Ramp -a large line intersects the end of the ramp.

Be careful launching at the Wallace Marine Boat Ramp -a large line intersects the end of the ramp.

A line from is attached to the existing obstruction underwater (that’s been there since last fall) and leads to the bank, up the hillside.  Currently, the line is intersecting the boat ramp and is near the surface of the water, so boaters need to have their trim tab high (motor up) far enough to not become entangled.  Use caution when launching.

The obstruction is scheduled to be removed on Wednesday, May 13, prior to the Willamette Queen being returned to the water.

Have a great weekend out on the water!

Slow-No Wake, Waterway Markers, & New VDS Rules

Marine Board Approves Grant, Other Rules

Picture of a wave with white water.

5 MPH and “Maximum” references to Slow-No Wake in the Basic Proximity Rule and other rules, have been removed out of OAR 250.

The Oregon State Marine Board approved a grant to help fund projects for the Oregon Youth Conservation Corps (OYCC) and adopted rules for slow –no wake and waterway markers during their April 21-22 Board meetings, held in Salem.

The Board approved a grant to OYCC to train, hire, and assign 22 youths to enhance 23 boating facilities in four counties. Additionally, the crews will be involved in Adopt-A-River cleanup projects and receive training on boating safety-related projects. The Board approved $40,000 in state boater funds, combined with $28,692 in applicant matching funds for a project total of $70,692.

After more than a year of consultation with law enforcement partners, a Rules Review Committee and comments from boaters, the Board adopted the proposed definition of “slow-no wake,” which removes the 5 MPH and “maximum” reference where it appears in conjunction with “slow-no wake” in the Basic Proximity Rule, Local and Special Rules and the Scenic Waterways.

The universal slow-no-wake buoy and regulatory waterway marker

Slow-No Wake means operating a boat at the slowest speed necessary to maintain steerage and reduces or eliminates waves that appear as white water behind the boat.

The Board also initiated the rulemaking process to consider rules in OAR 250, Division 021, Personal Watercraft Rules, that removes the reference to 5 MPH as it occurs with “slow-no wake,” and improve the general rule language for readability of the rules.

The Board adopted rules in OAR 250, Division 10, to formalize a Waterway Marker Permit Program, which will inventory existing markers on Oregon’s waterways. Additionally, the rules define how the agency, its partners, and private individuals can apply and place their own regulatory and informational markers for boat operation.

The Board adopted OAR 250-010-0164, Visual Distress Signals to create consistency between state and federal law, requiring visual distress signals in the ocean or coastal waters, and on the Columbia River, west of the Astoria-Megler Bridge.

Additionally, the Board initiated the rulemaking process to consider rules in OAR 250, Division 011, 012 and 013, relating to Inland Navigation Rules, and Lights and Shapes, to be consistent with recent changes in federal law.

The Marine Board is funded by registration fees and marine fuel taxes paid by boaters. No general fund tax dollars are used to support the agency or its programs. Boater-paid fees go back to boaters in the form of law enforcement services (on-the-water enforcement, training and equipment), education/outreach materials and boating access facilities.

To view the staff report, visit

Marine Board Approves Grant for Oregon Youth Conservation Corps

Picture of a 4-person OYCC crew restriping a boating facility's parking lot.

An OYCC crew restriping a boating facility’s parking lot.

The Oregon State Marine Board approved a grant to help fund the Oregon Youth Conservation Corps summer projects during their April 22nd Board meeting, held in Salem.The grant will fund boating facilities projects in Clatsop, Columbia, Josephine, and Lane Counties at the following locations:

  • Clatsop County
    • Hammond Marina -dock repairs, painting fence and railings, install new signage.
    • Warrenton Marina –dock repairs, restripe parking area, install new signage.
    • John Day County Park –restripe parking area and clean landscaping by the restroom.
  • Columbia County
    • North and South Sand Island Marine Park –repair short term tie-up docks, replace walers and rub strip, refurbish existing benches, install new benches, rehabilitate existing camping sites and install signage.
  • Josephine County
    • Chinook Park, Schroeder Park, Hog Creek, Griffin, Almeda, Indian Mary, Ennis Riffle, Pierce Riffle –paint restrooms, stripe parking lots and clear vegetation around ramps and restrooms.
    • Whitehorse Park –repair potholes, paint speedbumps on the access road and clear vegetation.
    • Robertson Bridge –paint restroom and stripe parking lot.
  • Lane County
    • Baker Bay, Orchard Point, Perkins Peninsula, Richarson Park –repair docks.
    • Rodakowski, Richardson Park, Hendricks Wayside and Linslaw –paint restrooms and curbing.
    • Farnham, Triangle Lake and Tidewater –restore picnic tables.

Since 1996, the Marine Board has partnered with OYCC to provide funding for youth to perform meaningful work at boating facilities and learn valuable job skills/work ethics that benefit boaters.

For more information about the Marine Board’s Boating Facilities Program and the current boating facilities projects, visit

A picture of one of OYCC's youth, installing friction shingles to wooden boarding floats to prevent slippage.

One of OYCC’s youth, installing friction shingles to wooden boarding floats to prevent slippage.