|Oregon Boating: Rules of the Road
Collisions are the number one type of accident on the water, boaters should remember these basic navigation rules.
Boating in Oregon?
BoatEscape.com provides a comprehensive, searchable database of
Oregon lakes, rivers and bays for every type of boating activity. Oregon boaters, and campers, can find out what facilities are available as well as campgrounds, RV parks, marinas and even types of fish on oregon waterways.
Did you know that in Oregon there are:
- 6,634 lakes and reservoirs
- 687,870 surface acres of water
- 75 major rivers
- 10,000 streams
- 363 miles of coastline
- 21 major estuaries
- 14 coastal bays
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Life Jacket Hack!
Just looking to float around near your boat? Try this hack. Definitely not an approved way to wear a life jacket, but cool and fun.
Puyallup RV Show
Washington Fair Events Center
April 28 - May 1, 2016
Oregon Boating Facility Closures
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NEW! Experience Oregon Boating Handbook
Safety, Regulations and How-To's and Not-To-Do's for fun boating in Oregon. The new edition of the Oregon Boater's Regulations Handbook from the Oregon State Marine Board.
All Oregon Boaters Must Carry a Boater Education Card
Education Card Online
Education Card Online
Oregon tides (Interactive)
Local Bar Observations
Oregon River Levels
General Weather Links
Oregon Coastal Weather
Oregon Weather Satellite Great Satellite shot of Oregon
Western Oregon Weather (NOAA)
Southwest Oregon Weather (NOAA)
Western Region Weather Info (NOAA)
Northeast OR/SW WA Info (NOAA)
Eastern OR/SW ID Weather (NOAA)
Check your Boating Weather!
Current/Projected Flood Warnings
National Satellite View Be sure to click on the 12 & 24 hour Loop at the bottom to see the weather roll through.
3 Month Forecasts
Weather Definitions: What's the difference between a "Small Craft Advisory" and a "Gale Warning"? And other weather definitions.
Boating and Navigation Hazards On Oregon Waterways
Don't get caught! The OSMB maintains a list of boating and navigation hazards. Check before you go for Boating Hazards on lakes, rivers and bays around Oregon.
Safe Boating - Know Before You Go
Safety Info from the Oregon State Marine Board
Oregon Boating Info
Oregon Fishing Info
Oregon Water Levels
Oregon Weather & Tides
Washington Fishing Info
Safe Boating Campaign
Boating Safety Guide (BoatUS)
Willamette River Water Trail - Willamette Riverkeeper
Prineville Reservoir Boat Escape
Prineville Reservoir is a popular boating destination in Eastern Oregon near Prineville. It boasts 4 camping/RV areas and 6 boat launches, boating, waterskiing, fishing and swimmng. Summertime water temperatures are often just perfect for all kinds of water sports. There are supplies, fuel and a restaurant on the lake.
(Prineville Reservoir Boating & Camping Escape)
Looking for a place to escape in your boat, RV or Tent? See our Boat Escapes to find some of the best places to go to boat, camp and fish in Oregon and other top spots in the Northwest.
- Loon Lake Boat Escape
- Foster Reservoir Boat Escape
- Prineville Reservoir Boat Escape
Online Boating Games and Puzzles
BoatU.S. is helping boaters improve their navigation, docking and boating skills with online games.
Safely navigate any of three ships around hazards and obstacles and complete a safe docking in multiple marina layouts. Or, test your navigation skills with Navigate-It. Also, puzzles, Sudoku and crossword. Test your skills!
Top 10 Most Humerous Boat Names from BoatUS:
- What College Fund?
- Anchor Management
- Sweet Em-Ocean
- Knotty Buoy
- A-Frayed Knot
- Really Big Car
See the BoatUS Graphics Top Ten Boat Names by Year. Here you can also see a list of over 8500 boat names that they have complied.
Boat Escape is your Ulitmate Online Resource for Oregon Boating, Camping and Fishing.
Boating in Oregon
Oregon has some of the best boating in the Northwest. There is a place to boat for everyone from canoes & kayaks to rafts and power boating. With our huge searchable database of Oregon lakes and rivers, Oregon Marinas and Oregon Campgrounds, Boat Escape allows you to search for Oregon Boating opportunities near you or near where you want to go. Find a lake or river and we show you marinas and nearby campgrounds.
- Oregon Boating Lakes & Rivers
- Oregon Campgrounds & RV Parks
- Oregon Marinas
- Oregon Boating & Fishing Businesses
- Search for fish types by Lake/River
- Search for Oregon Lakes/Rivers and find available fish types - native & stocked
- Find fishing reports and important boating and fishing links
Boat U.S. Boat Tech Guides
Looking for answers to boating products, boat operation, maintenance, equipment and safety? Here you will find everything from Anchoring to Varnishing. A comprehensive list of articles from Boat US.
- Search for Oregon Boat Ramps, Marinas and Campgrounds BoatEscape.com search engine lets you search for:
Lakes and Rivers,
Campgrounds and Ramps,
by Water Resource, Area, County or Agency. Or add attributes to narrow your search.
Try the Oregon Fish Finder (joint Boat Escape & ODFW Project)
Trailering - Boating Mistakes
Order your FREE "All About Trailering " brochure from Seaworthy
Magazine. Seaworthy is published by BoatUS to help
you avoid common mistakes that lead to expensive damage
Other Seaworthy FREE brochures:
Roll, Roll Your Boat... All about Trailering Your Boat
Boats Catch Fire
up for Seaworthy Magazine
- Visit BoatUS.com
Guides available from the BoatUS Consumer
Protection Bureau. (Scroll to bottom)
The "Buying and Selling a Boat" guide will help
the novice navigate unfamiliar waters and remind the
seasoned of trouble spots.
The "Guide to Marine Service" includes
information about on-the- water towers, marinas, Overland
transport, extended warranties and billing disputes.
Find What You Are Looking For
- Fresh Water Fish Locater:
Search lakes and rivers by Game Fish Type or see which
game fish live in a body of water
- Oregon Fishing Info
- Washington Fishing Info
- Oregon Boating Info
- Water Levels
- Weather & Tides
- Boat Registration
Renew your Boat Registration
on-line at the new OSMB RegLine.
See this You Tube video for a tutorial. Its simple, safe and secure. Did we say FAST!
That too. And you can use it 24/7.
Accessible Fishing & RV'ng
Looking for accessible fishing and traveler sites? Here are some great resources.
- Access Oregon - A guide to accessible outdoor recreations areas throughout the state of Oregon. (PDF)
- Emerging Horizons
BoatTest.com provides test results for many boats. Buying a new one or like to know more about your boat? Click on the logo for more info.
Pls visit our BoatEscape.com Sponsors:
BOATsmart! Canada - Online boating license exam.
www.boatlicense.ca - Information & study guides on getting your boating license.
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What's going on in the Boating World...
CAUTION: Expect Debris on Oregon Rivers and Lakes!
Swollen rivers bring debris flows with trees, root wads, and other material that can impact the safety of boaters on the water.
Boating Inspection Stations Are Open. Motorists hauling boats (including kayaks, canoes, paddleboards and sailboats) in Oregon are now required to stop for a free inspection. Stopping for a watercraft inspection takes just five to 10 minutes in most cases. You're protecting Northwest waters from invasive species and preventing yourself from possibly receiving a $110 fine for by-passing a check station.
Where to purchase "Clear" Gasoline - OSMB Map.
Where to find Non-Blended Gas in Oregon. (PDF)
Good News! Boating Safety is Improving. The NTSB updated their "Most Wanted List" by adding motorcycle safety and dropping recreational boating where it said substantial progress has been made.
The Water Front Archives - See older boating articles.
The PT 658 Heritage
Lovingly restored by a "crew
of gray-haired ex-PT boaters", PT 658 is
currently the only completely authentically restored operating (floating) US Navy PT Boat in the world.
- See the Virtual Tour
-Tours and Location
Not sure where to boat????
Search our BoatEscape.com database for Oregon Lakes & Rivers, Campgrounds & Resorts, Marinas or Boating-Related Businesses. Search by county, city or area & find that perfect place for your next boating or camping trip. Add attributes (Showers for Her, dump station for Him) to narrow your search. Or find a river, lake or marina by name. The most comprehensive information available on or off the net!!!
Washington Fishing Reports and Stocking reports
The Weekender Report - Current fish & wildlife recreation opportunities in WA State.
Purchase WA Fishing Licenses On-Line
- Washington License Fees
- Download Washington Sportfishing Regs
- Fish Plant Weekly Reports
- Fishing, Stocking & Creel Reports
- WA Fishing Prospects
- Fishing & Shellfish Rules
- WA Guides, Tips & Resources
Boating Water Level Info
Oregon River Levels - Northwest River Forecast Center
Corps of Engineers:
Willamette R. Drainage
- Teacup Diagrams
Hills Creek, Lookout Point, Falls Creek, Cottage Grove, Dorena, Cougar, Blue River, Fern Ridge, Green Peter, Foster and Detroit reservoirs.
Rogue R. Drainage
- Teacup Diagrams
Galesville, Lost Creek, Fourmile, Emigrant, Howard Prairie, Hyatt, Applegate Reservoirs
Columbia River Drainages
- Teacup Diagrams
- Bureau of Reclamation Tea Cup charts for Eastern & Southern Oregon/Southern Idaho
- Deschutes Area - Ochoco, Prineville, Crane Prairie, Wickiup, Crescent Lakes
- Rogue river Area - Agate, Four-mile, Emigrant, Fish Lake, Howard Prairie, Hyatt reservoirs.
- Owhyhee Area (Eastern OR) - Philips, unity, Beulah, Warm Springs, Owyhee, Bully Creek, Thief Valley reservoirs.
- Tualatin River - Scoggins Reservoir
- Umatilla River Basin - Cold Springs, McKay Reservoirs.
- Boise/Payette Area
- Upper Snake River Basin -
- Yakima River Basin -
US Bureau of Reclamation Reservoir Storage Diagrams
Check out their new Boat Ramp Diagrams (Only includes Owyhee and Unity lakes at this time.)
Boating Accident Videos - You won't believe these!!!
A video is worth 10,000 words! Failure to keep a proper lookout, obeying the Rules of the Road, avoiding a collision no matter who is the stand-on vessel. Simple rules that would have avoided all of these accidents.
Two vessels Colliding - miles of open seas!
Sail Boat Meets Ferry Boat
How NOT to Launch your PWC
Oregon Fishing Forum
If you are looking for a friendly forum dedicated to sharing information about fishing in Oregon - You Just Found It!!! OFF provides subforums by type of fish and by water location so it is easy to find information you need. And the members are more than glad to share their ideas and tips for making your next fishing adventure fun and productive.
BoatUS Navigation Rules
Summary of most common Scenarios when meeting another boat on the water. Also Aides To Navigation (ATONS) - examples of the most common types of navigational markers, rules of the road and right of way illustrations, and an explanation of horn signals.
Going boating in Oregon? Looking for the best gas prices? Here are a few links to help you find the best gas prices in your area.
NEW Yahoo Search for Cheap Gas. Type in "cheap gas" and your zip code. Provides a list and map of cheapest gas in your area.
Oregon Gas Prices Find the lowest gas prices in Oregon in the last 72 hours in your area. Submit gas prices. Find the average gas price in Oregon.
Traveling? - Check before you go.
ODOT's Trip Check highway conditions.
Road Cams - Over 130 cams available.
National Weather Service
When a launch goes wrong!!!
Note the guy in the stern! Just one bad turnbuckle and your $4 Million boat turns into a submarine. I think the launch was free.
Catch this Fishing Info
on our Lakes & Rivers search pages. We can't
tell you exactly where that "lunker" is but our Fish
Locater can help you find where to fish for your
favorite game species.
Search by fish type to find lakes and/or rivers
with your favorite fish that are in it.
Local Notice to Mariners - Check here before you go.
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1) What 3 states have the most anglers?
2) What 3 states have the most jobs supported by sportfishing?
3) The total number of anglers in the US is greater than what state?
4) One out of 3 anglers fish for what species making it America's most popular gamefish.
5) What is the most targeted saltwater fish?
6) 45% of anglers come fomr cities of _______ people or more?
7) What percentage of anglers have attended college?
8) What percentage of anglers are women?
9) Nearly __% of anglers are between the ages of 35-54?
Answers to Sportfishing Quiz