ORS 830.180¹
Use of motors prohibited on certain lakes
  • exceptions
  • rules

(1) Except as provided in subsections (2) and (3) of this section, a person may not use a motor for propelling a boat or for any purpose on the following named waters of this state:

Counties Lakes, Reservoirs and Rivers

Clackamas Trillium Lake

Deschutes Charlton, Devils, Irish, Lucky,

North and South Twin, Taylor,

Three Creek and Todd Lakes

Douglas Opal and Timpanagos Lakes

Hood River Lost Lake

Jackson Squaw Lakes

Jefferson Horseshoe, Dark and Olallie

Lakes, and on that portion of

the Deschutes River between

Pelton Dam and the Wasco

County line

Lane Gold Lake

Linn Clear Lake

Marion Breitenbush Lake

Wasco Frog Lake, and on that portion

of the Deschutes River

bordering the Warm Springs

Indian Reservation

(2) The following may use a motor to propel a boat on the named waters described in this section:

(a) Public bodies, as defined in ORS 174.109 (“Public body” defined), that have jurisdiction of the named waters described in this section; and

(b) The federal government.

(3) A person not otherwise described in subsection (2) of this section may use a motor to propel a boat on a specific named water described in this section if:

(a) The motor is an electric motor operated at a maximum of slow-no wake speed as defined by the State Marine Board by rule; and

(b) The board adopts a rule authorizing the use described in paragraph (a) of this subsection on a specific named water described in this section. [Formerly 488.610; 2019 c.214 §1]

Chapter 830

See also annota­tions under ORS chapter 488 in permanent edi­tion.

Atty. Gen. Opinions

Public right to use artificial lake created for recrea­tion on a nonnavigable stream on privately owned land, (1972) Vol 35, p 1202

1 Legislative Counsel Committee, CHAPTER 830—Small Watercraft, https://­www.­oregonlegislature.­gov/­bills_laws/­ors/­ors830.­html (2019) (last ac­cessed May 16, 2020).
2 Legislative Counsel Committee, Annotations to the Oregon Revised Stat­utes, Cumulative Supplement - 2019, Chapter 830, https://­www.­oregonlegislature.­gov/­bills_laws/­ors/­ano830.­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.
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