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News Release
Boatnik Rogue River Closure (Photo) - 05/24/23

TO: Waterway Users

FROM: Josephine County Sheriff’s Office Marine Patrol

DATES:  May 26 – 29, 2023

RE: Water use regulations and race event schedule during Boatnik               


During the Boatnik Races, the Rogue River will be closed in designated areas and during designated times (refer to the schedule below).  All spectators will remain off the water until the races are over.  All spectators will remain 50 feet from the waterway at all times.

Movement on the water is restricted to Law Enforcement, Rescue Personnel and Authorized Race Officials during the closures.  Private boats are not allowed to assist with crashes or rescue operations for safety purposes.

Boats can be anchored on the shoreline if it is deemed safe by Race Official and Law Enforcement. All users shall be OFF the water and in an approved area 1 hour prior to the start of the race.  Any unauthorized boats on the water during the closure may be cited for Reckless and Unsafe Operation (ORS 830.315 & 305) and are subject to a $440 fine.  Law Enforcement will be patrolling the waterways during race events. 


CLOSED Friday, May 26, 2023 6:30pm – 10:15pm from Baker Park to Sixth Street Bridge.

CLOSED Saturday, May 27, 2023 10:00am – 1:00pm from Baker Park to Robertson Bridge AND  1:00pm – 5:00pm from Baker Park to Sixth Street Bridge.

CLOSED Sunday, May 28th, 2023 7:00am – 1:00pm from Baker Park to Robertson Bridge AND 1:00pm – 10:15pm from Baker Park to Sixth Street Bridge. 

CLOSED Monday, May 29, 2023 12:00pm – 3:00pm from Baker Park to Robertson Bridge. 

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