OAR 629-650-0000
Riparian Management Areas and Protection Measures for Lakes


The purpose of this rule is to protect the functions and values of lakes. Lakes on forestlands provide a wide range of functions and values, including those related to water quality, hydrologic functions, aquatic organisms, fish and wildlife.


Operators shall protect riparian management areas extending:


100 feet from the high water level of large lakes; and


50 feet from the high water level of other lakes that have fish use or other lakes that are equal to or greater than one-half acre in size.


No riparian management area is required for other lakes that do not have fish and that are less than one-half acre.


For all lakes with riparian management areas, operators shall provide the following to the riparian management areas and the aquatic areas:


Live tree retention (OAR 629-650-0010 (Live Tree Retention for Lakes));


Soil and hydrologic function protection (OAR 629-650-0020 (Soil and Hydrologic Function Protection for Lakes));


Understory vegetation retention (OAR 629-650-0030 (Understory Vegetation Retention for Lakes)); and


Snag and down wood retention (OAR 629-650-0040 (Snag Retention and Downed Wood Retention for Lakes)).


For all lakes not having riparian management areas, the lakes shall be protected as other wetlands (OAR 629-655-0000 (Protection Measures for “Other Wetlands,” Seeps and Springs)).

Source: Rule 629-650-0000 — Riparian Management Areas and Protection Measures for Lakes, https://secure.­sos.­state.­or.­us/oard/view.­action?ruleNumber=629-650-0000.

Last Updated

Jun. 8, 2021

Rule 629-650-0000’s source at or​.us