Scenic Waterways

ORS 390.605

As used in ORS 390.610 (Policy), 390.620 (Pacific shore not to be alienated) to 390.676 (Schedule of civil penalties), 390.690 (Title and rights of state unimpaired) and 390.705 (Prohibition against placing certain conduits across recreation area and against removal of natural products) to 390.770 (Vegetation line described), unless the context requires otherwise:


“Improvement” includes filling a portion of the ocean shore, removal of material from the ocean shore or a structure, appurtenance or other addition, modification or alteration constructed, placed or made on or to the land.


“Ocean shore” means the land lying between extreme low tide of the Pacific Ocean and the statutory vegetation line as described by ORS 390.770 (Vegetation line described) or the line of established upland shore vegetation, whichever is farther inland. “Ocean shore” does not include an estuary as defined in ORS 196.800 (Definitions for ORS 196.600 to 196.921).


“State recreation area” means a land or water area, or combination thereof, under the jurisdiction of the State Parks and Recreation Department used by the public for recreational purposes. [Formerly 274.065 and then 390.710; 1989 c.904 §23; 1999 c.373 §2]

Atty. Gen. Opinions

Authority to issue permit for removal of ocean shore natural products from state recreation areas, (1974) Vol 36, p 807; role of Highway Division in removal of driftwood logs from ocean shores, (1975) Vol 37, p 420

Law Review Citations

4 EL 365 (1974); 22 EL 731 (1992)


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Jun. 26, 2021