Proposed Rulemaking Would Ban Wakesurfing on Bigger Stretch of River

The Oregon State Marine Board (OSMB) is considering shutting down another large section of the Willamette River to towed sports! Having already restricted/banned towed sports in a large section of the river, the newly proposed rules would create additional boating regulations from downtown Portland upriver to Willamette Falls.

On January 27th the Marine Board will be voting on a proposal to do the following:

  • Ban wakesurfing from Milwaukiee all the way up to the falls
  • Ban all towed sports along the west side of Ross Island

View the proposed rulemaking

Public Comment Period Now Open

We are urging our customers to provide public testimony / comments.  The deadline for written testimony is January 11th, 2021 at 8:00am. Written comment can be submitted by emailing or by U.S. mail to: Jennifer Cooper, Administrative Rules Coordinator, Oregon State Marine Board, 435 Commercial Street NE, Salem, OR 97301.

The public is also invited to attend the virtual rules hearing to provide testimony on the draft language. It is scheduled for Tuesday, December 22nd from 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. To join online, please follow this link: click here to join the meeting To join via phone please dial: (503) 446-4951 Conference ID: 444 158 736#

Equal Access for All Portland Boaters

This rule proposal will be passed by the OSMB if we don’t come out come in large numbers and make our voice heard. We believe that everyone should have equal access to enjoy the Willamette River and there are many viable alternatives to this.

“If you have not been involved in this fight yet, now is the time to join in.  Send in your testimony, post on social media, reach out to the Marine Board directly or call your state representative.”

– Matt Radich, Active Water Sports President


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