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News Release
Boat on the Lower Willamette River? Marine Board Seeks Input on New Rules - 09/10/21

On May 1 this year, new boating rules of operation went into effect on the lower Willamette River from Willamette Falls to the Hawthorne Bridge in downtown Portland, and the Marine Board wants to hear from a wide cross-section of river users on how the new rules affected them. 

The agency created a short, two-minute survey to gather input and demographic data which will be presented to the Marine Board for their October quarterly board meeting. The survey is designed to quantify what boating activities are occurring (both motorized and nonmotorized), where people operate, and if the rules have improved safety for all users. The agency is also interested in learning how boaters were informed about the new rules of operation on this section of the Willamette River. Survey participants will also have an opportunity to provide additional comments on their experiences this season.

The new rules created a seasonal pass-through zone (May 1 through September 30) from the Hawthorne Bridge upstream to the southernmost moorage in Waverly Marina. The new rules also extended the slow no-wake zone in the Holgate Channel to include the entire length of the channel. Additionally, proximity rules to residential docks were adopted for towed watersports from Waverly Marina upstream to Willamette Falls. Wake surfing was also prohibited in this stretch. For more details about the rules, including an interactive map, visit the agency’s Willamette River Rules page.

The Lower Willamette River Rules Survey will be open until September 27, at 5 pm. The agency wants to hear a wide variety of perspectives and encourages boating groups, individuals, floating homeowners, and other river users to share the survey link.    


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