The Oregon Senate and House passed legislation (SB47) that requires operators of nonmotorized boats to purchase a waterway access permit. The new access permit envelops the former aquatic invasive species permit and broadens its use by creating a waterway access fund.
The legislation would require adults to purchase a $17 permit before floating a raft, kayak or other non-motorized boat in Oregon. If Oregon Gov. Kate Brown signs it into law as expected, the new permit will be required for boats 10 feet and longer beginning in 2020. Money from the new permits would go toward funding waterway projects such as improving boat ramps, adding bathrooms or purchasing land for public access to rivers and lakes. The measure passed the Oregon Senate 20-7 and the House 36-24.