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Instructor and student learning how to read the river during the Marine Board's 2023 Drift Boat School
Instructor and student learning how to read the river during the Marine Board's 2023 Drift Boat School
Marine Law Enforcement Annual Drift Boat Training Set (Photo) - 06/05/24

During the week of June 10-14, Marine Law Enforcement personnel from around the state will be learning and perfecting their drift boating skills on the Rogue River. Students will learn to swim in whitewater, practice rescue techniques, navigate class III whitewater rapids, and operate in remote environments from drift boats, rafts and catarafts.

Running whitewater takes training and practice, which is what this one-of-a-kind school provides. “Building confidence in different water conditions is paramount when minutes count,” says Eddie Persichetti, Law Enforcement Training Coordinator for the Marine Board. “The best way to learn is hands-on experience on a dynamic waterway such as the Rogue River, with experienced instructors.” 

Each day the students drift various river sections, beginning with Class I rapids. “Day one we build on basic rowing techniques and their attention downriver. Reading hydrodynamics is an art, and we do our best to build as much confidence in all the students by day five,” says Persichetti. On day two, instructors build on the skills from the day before and then progress onto more difficult skills with more difficult rapids throughout the week. 

The skills the officers gain give them a strong foundation in their law enforcement roles when they return to their patrol areas. “We also practice scenarios where students encounter boaters and guides who are not in compliance with existing laws,” Persichetti adds. “When the law enforcement students leave this training, they have a new respect for safety on the river, the people who run it and ensuring for everyone’s water recreation safety.”

Recreational boaters can expect to see law enforcement students drifting on the Upper Rogue from Rogue Elk Park to Touvelle Park from June 11 through June 13, and the Middle Rogue from Ennis Riffle to Argo Canyon on June 14.

For more information about boating laws and regulations, visit Boat.Oregon.gov.

Get on Board Recreational Boating and Fishing Foundation Lapsed Boater Registration Reminder
Get on Board Recreational Boating and Fishing Foundation Lapsed Boater Registration Reminder
Motorboat Registration Renewal Reminders Coming (Photo) - 05/31/24

The Oregon State Marine Board will be mailing reminder notices to boaters whose motorboat registrations are expired and electronically to boat owners with emails on file. Each renewal notice is unique to the owner and their boat and are encouraged to take advantage of the online renewal option. As in years past, the agency is partnering with the Recreational Boating and Fishing Foundation where a random sampling of boaters with lapsed registrations will receive a reminder notice mailed directly from RBFF. 

Any watercraft with a motor or sailboats 12 feet or longer are required to title and register with the Marine Board. Motorboat registration fees are $5 plus $5.95 per foot and are issued on a 2-year calendar basis.

Renewing online using the Marine Board’s Boat Oregon Store is the fastest method, offering a printable temporary permit to go boating right away. Owners can renew multiple boats or purchase Waterway Access Permits in one transaction with a $1.50 portal provider fee. The registration decals are mailed within 7-10 business days. Don’t delay renewing and avoid the summer rush where processing timelines become longer. 

Revenue from motorboat registrations goes back to boaters. The Marine Board is directly funded by boaters in the form of registration, title, and permit fees, as well as marine fuel taxes. No lottery, general fund tax dollars or local facility parking fees support the agency or its programs. Revenue goes back to boaters in the form of grants for boating facility access, grants for on-water opportunities for paddlers, contracts for marine law enforcement services, safety education, and environmental stewardship. 

Visit the Boat Oregon Store help page with videos and written instructions on how to navigate the system to renew your motorboat registrations or purchase Waterway Access Permits. To learn more about the agency’s revenues and expenditures visit the agency’s Business Services page


Graphic montage of prior motorboat registration decals
Graphic montage of prior motorboat registration decals
"Operation Ship Shape" Targets Lapsed Motorboat Registrations, Equipment Requirements (Photo) - 05/29/24

The Oregon State Marine Board, in partnership with 31 county sheriff’s offices and the Oregon State Police, will be looking for expired boat registrations and required equipment compliance on state waterways as part of “Operation Ship Shape.” 

“Boat operators are required to have current registration decals on the bow of their boats and carry the Certificate of Number on board,” says Brian Paulsen, Boating Safety Program Manager for the Marine Board. “Make sure you’ve renewed your registration and put the decals on your boat correctly, or you could face a $265 citation.” 

Any boat powered by a motor – electric, gas, diesel, and all sailboats 12 feet and longer must be currently registered when on the water, even when docked or moored. This includes any kayaks and drift boats with an electric motor. Paulsen added, “Each current boat registration brings in additional federal funds which go back to boaters for program services.” 

Motorboat registrations are valid for two calendar years and expire on December 31st of the second year. The cost for registration is $5.95 per foot rounded up, plus $5. 

Paddlers with boats 10 feet and longer must carry a Waterway Access Permit. Three permit options are available: One week for $5, one calendar year for $17, and two calendar years for $30. 

Boaters can renew their registration or purchase Waterway Access Permits through the agency’s Boat Oregon Store for the fastest service. After completing their online transaction, boaters with motorized boats can print off a temporary permit. Waterway Access Permits can be printed directly after purchase. Multiple purchases can be made under one online transaction. The agency’s online store has a $1.50 portal provider fee. If you need assistance online, please contact the Marine Board at marine.board@boat.oregon.gov or call 503-378-8587. There's also an online help page acclimating new users to the store. 

Marine officers will also be looking for the required safety equipment. “Life jackets are the most important safety equipment boaters must carry, and there must be enough on board that fit every passenger,” Paulsen adds. “We’ve seen three years of declines in boating fatalities and want this year to be the safest on record. In 2023, 11 out of 13 victims were not wearing a life jacket, so find a life jacket you’ll wear for the type of boating you’re doing.”

For any titling and registration questions, visit Boat.Oregon.gov and click on the Title & Registration tab at the top of the page. 


Picture of a Grandfather and Granddaughter on a boat wearing life jackets
Picture of a Grandfather and Granddaughter on a boat wearing life jackets
Boating on Oregon's Waterways - Prepare to Play (Photo) - 05/23/24

Is the water calling? The Oregon State Marine Board wants to remind boaters to be aware of their surroundings, have all the required gear, and let others know their recreation plans.

“Inexperience and solo operation continue to be a growing trend of boating fatalities in Oregon. Planning ahead, boat with others, always keeping a sharp lookout, and wearing a properly fitted life jacket for your boating activity should be top of mind for all boaters,” says Brian Paulsen, Boating Safety Program Manager for the Oregon State Marine Board. “The Marine Board has many resources to help boaters have a safe and enjoyable experience on all of Oregon’s waterways.”

The agency advises boaters to plan ahead and check out the Marine Board’s interactive boating access map. The map displays public boat ramps and local rules for boat operations. Also, check the weather forecast, water levels, and tides. See if there are any reported obstructions, and have the right gear for your boating activity. Boaters can also check the Marine Board’s website to find out what equipment is required based on the size and type of boat.

The Marine Board would like to remind boaters:

  • Boat Sober. Abstain from consuming marijuana, drugs, or alcohol, which impair judgment, reaction time, and coordination and cause dehydration. Boating demands sharp situational awareness.
  • All children 12 and under are required to wear a life jacket when underway on all boats (motorized and nonmotorized). All boaters on Class III whitewater rivers are required to wear a life jacket.
  • Be courteous to other boaters and share the waterway. Stage your gear in the parking lot or staging area regardless of your boat type. This makes launching faster and everyone around you happier.
  • In Oregon, all motorboat operators with propulsion greater than 10 horsepower must take a boating safety course and carry a boating safety education card when operating the boat. Paddlers of nonmotorized boats 10’ and longer are required to purchase a waterway access permit. The Marine Board also offers a free, online Paddling Course for boaters new to the activity. 
  • Fill out a float plan and leave it with friends and family. This way they can call for help if you are overdue.

For more information about safe boating in Oregon, visit Boat.Oregon.gov.