Boating & Fishing
Read the Oregon Boater's Handbook by the Oregon State Marine Board, www.boatoregon.com; Oregon fishing regulations by the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife, www.dfw.state.or.us/resources/fishing; and the boat launch signs.
2009 Oregon Legislative Session
Invasive Species-Related Bills of interest
Bill 2583 - prohibits a person from launching a boat into waters of the
state if there were any visible aquatic species on the hull, trailer or
other related equipment, or any invasive species inside the boat.
House Bill 571 - Increases penalty for releasing or attempting to release live fish into body of water without permit to maximum of five years imprisonment, $125,000 fine, or both. Requires State Fish and Wildlife Commission to revoke all angling licenses and tags of person convicted of releasing or attempting to release live fish into body of water without permit. Allows commission to institute suit for recovery of damages for control or eradication of live fish released into body of water without permit.
House Bill 2220 - cannot operate a manually propelled boat or motorboat more
than 10 feet in length without first obtaining an aquatic invasive species
prevention permit. This bill also establishes an Aquatic Invasive Species
Fund administered by the Oregon Marine Board to prevent and control aquatic
The Izaak Walton League has launched a Clean Boats Campaign to teach boaters how they can help to stop the spread of invasive species by properly cleaning their equipment between outings. Visit the campaign's Web site, www.cleanboats.org. For information about watercraft wash stations click here and the future of watercraft and the environment click here.
the Spread of Aquatic Invasive Species
STOP AQUATIC HITCHHIKERS!
It's Time to Come Clean
Oregon State Marine Board
Invasive Species -
Why Should I Care?
(BoatU.S. Foundation for Boating Safety & Clean Water)
Wear a lifejacket in or near the water and boats, and on or near docks around Devils Lake, especially if you do not swim. A lifeguard is not on duty at the swimming areas around Devils Lake. download pdf
Parents should have their kids wear approved lifejackets or swimsuits with approved floating features built into the design, especially if the child does not know how to swim. Take swimming lessons at the Lincoln City Community Center
Oregon State Marine Board cautions boaters towing pull toys.
• The Blue
Heron Landing at the north end of Devils Lake has boat
rentals, bumper boats, moorage and marina.
• West Devils Lake State Park has guided kayak tours during the summer. See www.oregonstateparks.org/park_216.php. In the State Parks website click on "See more photos" to view the panoramas. The panoramas take time to load but are worth the wait.
• In October the American Power Boat Association offers the Rocky Stone Memorial Race. Power boat speed records are set on Devils Lake.
• In June around Father's Day a fishing tournament is held.
Boating and fishing websites:
• Oregon State Marine Board www.boatoregon.com
"Life Jackets & Water: A Mix For Life" brochure is available from the Marine Board.
To download brochures and information www.boatoregon.com/Library/index.html
• Take Me Fishing www.takemefishing.org/
• Recreational Boating and Fishing Foundation www.rbff.org/
"According to a survey by the Kaiser Family Foundation, kids spend an average of 44 hours a week with TV, computers and video games. For parents looking to give their kids an alternative activity the entire family can enjoy, RBFF suggests a day of fishing and boating. RBFF research shows that fishing can help connect kids with nature and improve family communication.
Not only is fishing good for families, but participation is critical to maintaining healthy and productive aquatic environments. The money generated from fishing licenses and special taxes on fishing equipment and motorboat fuel funds approximately 83 percent of state fisheries’ management budgets. These funds ensure that fishery resources are well-managed, accessible and conserved for future generations to enjoy."
• Whatever your watercraft - have fun, but play it safe.
Best Management Practices for boats, boathouses and marinas - download pdf
Canoeing / Fishing / Jet Skiing / Kayaking / Paddling / Party Boating / Power Boating / Rowing / Sailing / Water skiing / Wind Surfing
If you see problem boats or boaters, call the Lincoln County Sheriff at 541-265-4231 in Newport. Write down information that might be helpful, such as the boat's certification number. A Devils Lake Water Improvement District (DLWID) brochure with watercraft rules is available from the Visitor and Convention Bureau (VCB).
Mandatory Boater Education Cards
Take a boater safety course. The Red Cross offers classes using the Boat Oregon - a Course in Responsible Boating curriculum sponsored by the Oregon State Marine Board. The Marine Board website is www.boatoregon.com. In 2007, all persons 60 or younger who operate a power boat with an engine of 10 h.p. or more are required to carry a boater education card. The card is also required for youths aged 12 to 15 who operate any size power boat. Thereafter, the minimum age will increase by 10 years annually until 2009, when all boaters will be required to have a boater education card regardless of age. Mandatory boater safety exams are offered. The home study booklet, entitled "Boat Oregon, A Course in Responsible Boating," can be used to prepare for the exam, which consists of 75 multiple-choice questions and takes approximately 45 minutes to complete. Contact the Lincoln County Marine Patrol at 265-4277, extension 2708, for further information.
Safety regulations make the use of seat cushions as life preservers illegal. There must be a Coast Guard approved life jacket on board for every person. On a boat 16 feet or over, there must be a Coast Guard approved throwable life ring or cushion. The official website of the U.S. Coast Guard Office of Boating Safety is at www.uscgboating.org. Learn how to prevent accidents, injuries, and fatalities while boating. Review safety tips, news, recalls, defects, and laws and regulations you should know.
Wear a lifejacket always! Sadly, a man drowned in Devils Lake on November 27, 2006. The small fishing boat took water from a large wave, and the next wave sunk the boat. A man from shore heard cries for help and canoed to the rescue, but was only able to save one of the fishermen. The other man drowned in the 40 degree water. Wet clothes and gear in cold water when your boat capsizes can be deadly, even if you are a good swimmer.
Trout stocked - Spring
Devils Lake is usually stocked with up to 6,500 rainbow trout in the spring as part of the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife's annual stocking program. ODFW Newport office 867-4741.
In Minnesota - The Minnesota Lakes Association (MLA) is partnering with the Minnesota Office of Environmental Assistance (OEA) and the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) to offer lead tackle exchanges at various events during the summer. This gives anglers a chance to trade in lead tackle for non-lead tackle. fact sheet and products Minnesota offers
Oregon Coast Aquarium rescues loon ensnared in fishing tackle. Article mentions lead fishing tackle http://oregoncoastaquarium.org/News-12.asp
A Devils Lake Water Improvement District brochure with watercraft rules is available from the VCB.
Local courtesy rules include:
Motorized watercraft and their towed apparatus are asked to respect a 100 foot safety no-wake zone around the perimeter of the lake, except where official 200 foot zones apply. In general, treat other water users as you would prefer they treat you. Jet skiers should respect the no-wake zone.
Children and personal watercraft safety brochure- download pdf
Kite Tubes - Don't use
A kite tube is a large, saucer-shaped, inflatable object about 10-feet across designed to be pulled behind a boat at 25 to 35 miles per hour. Its large size means wind can lift it easily from the water, with straps on the tube giving the rider some control of the degree of lift.
According to a press release from the Oregon State Marine Board, in cooperation with the Consumer Products Safety Commission, "At least three kite tube fatalities have occurred this summer (2006) in the U.S., as well as several dozen personal injury accidents."
The Oregon State Marine Board writes, "Conditions of highest concern to the CPSC are wind gusts that can cause the tube to spin out of control, or suddenly stopping or slowing by the boat operator. According to the CPSC, slowing can cause the tube to nose dive and hit the water or allow the tube rider to continue past the top of the boat and hit the towing boat, another watercraft or other objects such as a bridge."
STOP the spread of damaging aquatic weeds!
Weed out Aquatic Stowaways!
weeds are often found attached to boats and trailers. Please remove and
way to avoid additional regulations is to eliminate conflicts by using
some simple courtesy.
OAR 250-21-030 (14) No person shall chase, harass, molest, worry or disturb any wildlife with a personal watercraft except while engaging in lawfully angling for, hunting, or trapping such wildlife (ORS 498.006)
(2) Boat Operations on Devils Lake and Adjacent Waters:
and Power Boat Aquatic Invasive Species Prevention Permit Rules Clarified
Weed Out Aquatic Stowaways! Please remove and dispose. Stop the spread of damaging aquatic weeds! Remove all weed fragments from your boat and trailer before launching into Devils Lake and before transporting to another body of water.
Respect a 100 foot safety no-wake zone around the perimeter of the lake, except where official 200 foot zones apply.
Take care to not spill fuel in streams, rivers and lakes. Tune up your boat to make sure it does not leak oil or antifreeze.
Observe boat safety rules.
Observe speed limits for boats on the lake.
Observe noise limits and curfews.
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