ORS 273.500¹
Access to public access sites
  • notice of proposed restriction or closure
  • reports
  • rules

(1) As used in this section:

(a) “Public access site” means a site on state public lands where the public may access the lands for recreational use of a floatable natural waterway.

(b) “State public lands” means any land, or improvements thereon, owned by the State of Oregon.

(2)(a) Before a state agency may restrict or close access to a public access site, the agency shall post notice on the agency’s website for 30 days prior to the date that the restriction or closure is proposed to take effect.

(b) Paragraph (a) of this subsection does not apply to a restriction or closure for:

(A) An emergency, including but not limited to an emergency related to a domestic water supply source.

(B) Fire prevention pursuant to the provisions of ORS 401.165 (Declaration of state of emergency) to 401.236 (Rules) or 477.535 (Forester may proclaim forestland subject to restricted uses) to 477.550 (Violation of restrictions).

(C) Critical wildlife management activities.

(D) A restriction or closure adopted by rule by the State Land Board.

(E) A temporary restriction or closure, if the restriction or closure is for not more than 30 days.

(F) A temporary restriction or closure, if the restriction or closure is for routine maintenance or construction and lasts for more than 30 days.

(3) On or before January 1 of each year, any state agency that restricted, closed, opened or reopened access to a public access site in the previous calendar year shall submit a report to the Legislative Assembly that describes:

(a) The number and location of restrictions or closures to public access sites in the previous calendar year, including any restrictions or closures that were found to be exempt from public notice requirements under subsection (2)(b) of this section;

(b) The reasons for any restrictions or closures identified under paragraph (a) of this subsection;

(c) The number and location of public access sites that the agency opened in the previous calendar year;

(d) The number and location of public access sites that had been closed and that the agency reopened in the previous calendar year; and

(e) The number and location of public access sites where access had been restricted and where the agency restored access in the previous calendar year.

(4) Nothing in this section shall be construed to affect the jurisdiction or responsibility of any state agency with respect to the operation of boats, hunting and fishing seasons, method of take or limits for hunting and fishing, water pollution or fire control, except that a state agency shall endeavor to perform the agency’s responsibilities in a manner that is consistent with the provisions of this section.

(5) State agencies may adopt rules to carry out the provisions of this section.

(6) This section may not be interpreted to:

(a) Restrict the federal navigational servitude; or

(b) Restrict or expand any rights a person has under existing common law. [2019 c.409 §1]

Note: 273.500 (Access to public access sites) was enacted into law by the Legislative Assembly but was not added to or made a part of ORS chapter 273 or any series therein by legislative action. See Preface to Oregon Revised Statutes for further explanation.

Chapter 273

Atty. Gen. Opinions

Require­ments of competitive bidding on prop­erty valued over $1,000, (1975) Vol 37, p 773; authority of State Land Board to enter into nonprofit wa­ter supply corpora­tion, (1978) Vol 38, p 2199

Law Review Cita­tions

4 EL 343, 344 (1984)

1 Legislative Counsel Committee, CHAPTER 273—State Lands Generally, https://­www.­oregonlegislature.­gov/­bills_laws/­ors/­ors273.­html (2019) (last ac­cessed May 16, 2020).
2 Legislative Counsel Committee, Annotations to the Oregon Revised Stat­utes, Cumulative Supplement - 2019, Chapter 273, https://­www.­oregonlegislature.­gov/­bills_laws/­ors/­ano273.­html (2019) (last ac­cessed May 16, 2020).
3 OregonLaws.org assembles these lists by analyzing references between Sections. Each listed item refers back to the current Section in its own text. The result reveals relationships in the code that may not have otherwise been apparent. Currency Information