Small Watercraft

ORS 830.302
Draining water from boat

  • exceptions


Except as provided in subsection (2) of this section, after leaving the waters of this state with a boat, a person shall remove or open all drain plugs, bailers, valves or other devices used to control the draining of water from ballast tanks, bilges, livewells and motorwells before transporting a boat within this state.


Subsection (1) of this section does not apply to:


Marine sanitation devices;


A person who holds a permit issued pursuant to ORS 498.222 (Transportation or release of fish without permit prohibited) to transport live fish;


A person participating in a fishing tournament authorized by the State Department of Fish and Wildlife, except that after weighing the fish the person shall return to the boat launch site and drain the boat as required under subsection (1) of this section;


Boats operated by a peace officer; or


Boats operated by an emergency responder, as defined by the State Marine Board by rule. [2019 c.154 §2]
Note: 830.302 (Draining water from boat) was added to and made a part of ORS chapter 830 by legislative action but was not added to any smaller series therein. See Preface to Oregon Revised Statutes for further explanation.


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Mar. 11, 2023