The Aquatic Invasive Species Prevention Program was established by the Oregon Legislature in an effort to keep Oregon’s lakes, rivers and streams free of destructive invasive species. The program requires owners of motorized and some non-motorized boats to purchase an Aquatic Invasive Species Permit to fund inspections of boats coming into Oregon to prevent the spread of these species into our waterways.
All vehicles towing or carrying watercraft into Oregon must stop at a watercraft inspection station that is open to inspect for aquatic invasive species. Located around Oregon, stations are open if large orange "Boat Inspection Ahead" signs are posted followed by "Inspection Required for All Watercraft."
ALL WATERCRAFT MUST STOP AT AN OPEN WATERCRAFT INSPECTION STATION
FOR WATERCRAFT INSPECTION.
A watercraft is any size or type of motorized or non-motorized boat (kayak, canoe, raft, stand-up paddle board, surf board, etc.).
Inspection station hours and days may vary. Inspections and decontamination are free.
Through Oregon State Marine Board
If you purchase your permit online, print the permit and enclose it in a zip-lock bag to protect it from water damage. If you want to purchase a Tyvek permit, you can order one from the Marine Board through the mail.
The money raised through the purchase of these permits fund watercraft inspection stations throughout the state. At these stations, trained ODFW staff check all watercraft for invasive species and decontaminate boats that are found to have invasives aboard.
After a fun day on the water, make sure you inspect your gear for hitch-hikers. Motorboats, kayaks, canoes, drift boats, and other watercraft can carry destructive quagga and zebra mussels, New Zealand mudsnails and aquatic plants—invasive species that cause serious economic and environmental damage to lakes, streams, irrigation and water delivery systems.
To help stop the spread of these destructive invaders:
Check out the annual report 2016 Oregon Aquatic Invasive Species Prevention Program (pdf)
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