Oregon passes bill requiring water access permits for kayakers, canoers and more

Newly proposed regulations could change how much people are paying to get into the water next summer

Posted: Jun 14, 2019 7:29 PM
Updated: Jun 25, 2019 11:58 AM

JUNCTION CITY, Ore. -- The Oregon Legislature recently passed a bill requiring Oregonians to pay a a permit fee if they are taking canoes, kayaks, paddle boards and other non-motor crafts out on public waters. 

Currently, Oregon requires people to purchase an invasive species permit, which is used to protect the water. This permit is only needed for crafts 10 feet or longer. The implementation of the new water access permit would eliminate the invasive species permit.

The new bill was passed last Tuesday, but Gov. Kate Brown has yet to finalize it. 

If it passes, the price would increase from $7 to $17 a year. 

Andrew Seago, a boater out at Orchard Point Park, said the change makes him not want to purchase the new permit at all. 

"It's out of place, and I feel like I won't buy it. I'll take my canoe. I'll take my paddle boat. I won't pay money for such an increase without having my input." 

But some residents see it as as an advantage.

"It just makes people aware, keeps our parks safe and keeps our parks avaliable for use," says Karen Freytag, a canoer. 

Water sport particpants 14-years-old and younger will not be required to purchase the new permit. The money from the new regulation will be going back to to water projects and parks around Oregon.

If the bill is passed, the new regulations will go into effect in 2020.

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