Beginning Jan. 1, 2020, the Aquatic Invasive Species (AIS) Permit required for non-motorized boats 10 feet and longer will be replaced by a Waterway Access Permit. The AIS Permit will remain for out-of-state motorized boats and is included in Oregon boat registration fees.
The Aquatic Invasive Species Prevention Program was established by the Oregon Legislature (ORS 830.565(1)) to help keep Oregon’s lakes, rivers and streams free of destructive invasive species like zebra and quagga mussels. Boaters on Oregon waters help support this program through the purchase of Waterway Access or Aquatic Invasive Species (AIS) permits:
|Type of boat||Permit required|
|Oregon motorized (and sailboats 12 feet and longer)||AIS Permit fee included in Marine Board registration|
|Out-of-state motorized||Out-of-state AIS Permit|
|Oregon and out-of-state non-motorized watercraft 10 feet or longer*||Waterway Access Permit|
|Oregon sailboats 10 to 11.9 feet long||Waterway Access Permit|
*This includes kayaks, canoes, rafts and other inflatables, stand-up paddle boards, etc.
Permit fees help fund the Aquatic Invasive Species Prevention Program and a new Oregon State Marine Board Waterway Access Account for the development of non-motorized boating facilities.
All vehicles towing or carrying watercraft* into Oregon must stop at any 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."
Inspection station locations and operating hours:
Inspection station hours and days may vary. Inspections and decontamination are free. *A watercraft is any size or type of motorized or non-motorized boat (kayak, canoe, raft, stand-up paddle board, etc.).
Through Oregon State Marine Board
If you purchase your permit online, you can download a PDF to save on your phone or print the permit.
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 invasive species on board.
In addition, fees from the Waterway Access Permit will fund the Boating Facility Grant Program that will improve non-motorized boating facilities by adding single parking spaces, non-motorized boat launches, restrooms, low-freeboard docks, etc.
The Oregon Marine Board’s Waterway Access Permit FAQ page has more information about these permits and what they fund.
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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