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Hydrilla on boat's motor and trailer

To prevent spreading aquatic invasive species:

  • Inspect your boat and trailer, and remove any plants and animals you see before leaving the area.
  • Drain your motor, live well, and bilge on land before leaving the area.
  • Empty your bait bucket on land. Never release live bait into a body of water or release aquatic animals from one body of water into another. Use of live bait is illegal in most Oregon waters.
  • Rinse your boat, propeller, trailer, and equipment.
  • Air-dry your boat and equipment for as long as possible.

Oregon boaters are required to “Pull the Plug” when leaving a waterbody and during transport to allow any water-holding compartments to drain. Failure to “Pull the Plug” is a Class D violation.

All boats—motorized and non-motorized—being transported into Oregon are required by state law to stop at an inspection station when they are open. If you bypass an inspection station, you can be ordered back by law enforcement to be inspected if the station is within 5 miles. If you fail to go back to the station, you can be charged with a Class C misdemeanor. If you are entering Oregon when the stations are closed, you are not required to stop.

Aquatic Invasive Species Permit Program

  • Oregon requires all motorboats regardless of size to purchase and carry an AIS Permit while on Oregon waters.
    • In addition to your motorized registration fee, $5.00 is added into the cost and is shown as a current decal displayed on your boat.
    • All out-of-state motorboats regardless of size are required to purchase an out-of-state AIS Permit ($20) when operating on Oregon waterways.
  • Prohibits the launching of any boat into Oregon with any aquatic species on the hull, motor, trailer, or any other exterior surface.
  • Prohibits the transport of aquatic invasive species and the possession of live or dead zebra and/or quagga mussels.