Scenic Waterways

ORS 390.615
Ownership of Pacific shore

  • declaration as state recreation area

Ownership of the shore of the Pacific Ocean between ordinary high tide and extreme low tide, and from the Oregon and Washington state line on the north to the Oregon and California state line on the south, excepting such portions as may have been disposed of by the state prior to July 5, 1947, is vested in the State of Oregon, and is declared to be a state recreation area. No portion of such ocean shore shall be alienated by any of the agencies of the state except as provided by law. [Formerly 274.070 and then 390.720]

Notes of Decisions

In absence of allegations that state or hotel knew of dangerous surf, neither could be held liable for failure to warn. Fuhrer v. Gearhart By The Sea, Inc., 306 Or 434, 760 P2d 874 (1988)

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

§§ 390.610 to 390.770

Atty. Gen. Opinions

Effect of constitutional provision requiring payments based on government regulations restricting use of property, (2001) Vol 49, p 284

Law Review Citations

20 EL 1001 (1990); 35 WLR 183 (1999)


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Jun. 26, 2021