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Many Oregon reservoirs have rising water levels, and rivers are full and running fast. This means the water is cold and there is significant floating debris. Remember to check and report boating obstructions Boating Obstruction Reporting Tools (


The Art of Boat Launching

Check out this link for some tips on proper launching of your vessel. Proper launching techniques increase safety, help keep the flow of traffic moving at launch sites, and decrease the wear and tear on ramps, docks, and CVA equipment.


Boating in Oregon

Boat Escape is your Ulitmate Online Resource for Oregon Boating, Camping and Fishing.
Oregon has some of the best boating in the Northwest. There is a place to boat for everyone from canoes & kayaks to rafts and power boating. With our huge searchable database of Oregon lakes and rivers, Oregon Marinas and Oregon Campgrounds, Boat Escape allows you to search for Oregon Boating opportunities near you or near where you want to go. Find a lake or river and we show you marinas and nearby campgrounds.
Search for:
- Oregon Boating Lakes & Rivers
- Oregon Campgrounds & RV Parks
- Oregon Marinas
- Oregon Boating & Fishing Businesses
- Search for fish types by Lake/River
- Search for Oregon Lakes/Rivers and find available fish types - native & stocked
- Find fishing reports and important boating and fishing links


Boat Oregon Store You Can:
- Apply for or Renew Title/Registration,
- Purchase Out-of-state AIS permits,
- Apply for or replace Boater Education Card
- Apply for a Towed Watersports Endorsement
- Buy one or two-year Waterway Access permit


OSMB The Art of Boat Launching
Don't be "That Person" at the boat ramp. A little ramp etiquette goes a long way and will help save time, headaches, and stress. And embarrassment! Most importantly, fellow boaters will appreciate your efficiency!


OSMB Boating Courtesy and Ettiquette
Know the navigation rules of the road and your responsibility as a boat operator to prevent incidents and collisions. Develop your skills and operate defensively, just like you would on the roadways. Remember, boats don't have breaks and there are no lines to follow on the water.


Oregon Statewide Water Levels and Coastal Bar Charlettes

Everything you need to know about Oregon Water Levels


Oregon Boat Shows, Sportsman Shows and RV Shows


NEW! Experience Oregon Boating Handbook
Safety, Regulations and How-To's and Not-To-Do's for fun boating in Oregon. The new edition of the Oregon Boater's Regulations Handbook from the Oregon State Marine Board.


Oregon Boating: Rules of the Road
Collisions are the number one type of accident on the water, boaters should remember these basic navigation rules.

How To Avoid Boating Accidents - See more boating videos at


Boating in Oregon? provides a comprehensive, searchable database of Oregon lakes, rivers and bays for every type of boating activity. Oregon boaters, and campers, can find out what facilities are available as well as campgrounds, RV parks, marinas and even types of fish on oregon waterways.

Did you know that in Oregon there are:

  • 6,634 lakes and reservoirs
  • 687,870 surface acres of water
  • 75 major rivers
  • 10,000 streams
  • 363 miles of coastline
  • 21 major estuaries
  • 14 coastal bays

Search for your Boat Escape Now

Life Jacket Hack!

Just looking to float around near your boat? Try this hack. Definitely not an approved way to wear a life jacket, but cool and fun.

Oregon Boating Facility Closures
Scroll about halfway down to view.

All Oregon Boaters Must Carry a Boater Education Card

Get your:
Oregon Boater
Education Card Online

Washington Boater
Education Card Online - Oregon Boater Safety Course Online

Weather, Water Levels and Tides

Oregon Saltwater Tides  (Interactive)
Tides Chart - Oregon Tide Charts (Drill down by County)
NWS Local Tide Predictions and Water Levels
Local Bar Observations

Oregon Weather  
Oregon River Levels 
General Weather Links
Oregon Coastal Weather
Oregon Weather Satellite  Great Satellite shot of Oregon
Western Oregon Weather
Southwest Oregon Weather (NOAA)
Western Region Weather Info (NOAA) 
Northeast OR/SW WA Info (NOAA)
Eastern OR/SW ID Weather (NOAA)

Check your Boating Weather!
Current/Projected Flood Warnings
Regional Forecasts/Warnings 
National Forecasts/Warnings
National Satellite View Be sure to click on the 12 & 24 hour Loop at the bottom to see the weather roll through.
3 Month Forecasts 

Weather Definitions: What's the difference between a "Small Craft Advisory" and a "Gale Warning"? And other weather definitions.

Boating and Navigation Hazards On Oregon Waterways

Don't get caught! The OSMB maintains a list of boating and navigation hazards. Check before you go for Boating Hazards on lakes, rivers and bays around Oregon.

Safe Boating - Know Before You Go
Safety Info from the Oregon State Marine Board

Oregon Boating Info
Oregon Fishing Info
Oregon Water Levels
Oregon Weather & Tides
Washington Fishing Info
Safe Boating Campaign
Boating Safety Guide (BoatUS)
RV Info

Willamette River Water Trail
- Willamette Riverkeeper

Prineville Reservoir Boat Escape

__ Prineville Reservoir Boat Escape__
Prineville Reservoir is a popular boating destination in Eastern Oregon near Prineville. It boasts 4 camping/RV areas and 6 boat launches, boating, waterskiing, fishing and swimmng. Summertime water temperatures are often just perfect for all kinds of water sports. There are supplies, fuel and a restaurant on the lake.
(Prineville Reservoir Boating & Camping Escape)

Boat Escapes

Looking for a place to escape in your boat, RV or Tent? See our Boat Escapes to find some of the best places to go to boat, camp and fish in Oregon and other top spots in the Northwest.
- Loon Lake Boat Escape
- Foster Reservoir Boat Escape
- Prineville Reservoir Boat Escape

Online Boating Games and Puzzles
____Dockit - Boat Docking Game____
BoatU.S. is helping boaters improve their navigation, docking and boating skills with online games. Safely navigate any of three ships around hazards and obstacles and complete a safe docking in multiple marina layouts. Or, test your navigation skills with Navigate-It. Also, puzzles, Sudoku and crossword. Test your skills!

Top 10 Most Humerous Boat Names from BoatUS:

  • What College Fund?
  • Stocks-N-Blonds
  • Anchor Management
  • Sweet Em-Ocean
  • Knotty Buoy
  • Reel-e-Fish-ent
  • A-Frayed Knot
  • O-Sea-D
  • A-Loan-Again
  • Really Big Car

See the BoatUS Graphics Top Ten Boat Names by Year. Here you can also see a list of over 8500 boat names that they have complied.

Boat U.S. Boat Tech Guides
Looking for answers to boating products, boat operation, maintenance, equipment and safety? Here you will find everything from Anchoring to Varnishing. A comprehensive list of articles from Boat US.

Oregon Boating:
Oregon Boating - Search for lakes, rivers, campgrounds and marinas

- Search for Oregon Boat Ramps, Marinas and Campgrounds search engine lets you search for:
Lakes and Rivers,  
Campgrounds and Ramps
Boating/Fishing Businesses  
by Water Resource, Area, County or Agency.  Or add attributes to narrow your search.
Try the Oregon Fish Finder (joint Boat Escape & ODFW Project)

Boating Mistakes
Trailering - Boating Mistakes
Order your FREE "All About Trailering " brochure from  Seaworthy Magazine.  Seaworthy is published by BoatUS to help you avoid common mistakes that lead to expensive damage and claims.
Other Seaworthy FREE brochures:
- Roll, Roll, Roll Your Boat... All about Trailering Your Boat 
- Why Boats Sink  
- Why Boats Catch Fire 
- Sign up for Seaworthy Magazine 
- Visit 

FREE Guides available from the BoatUS Consumer Protection Bureau.  (Scroll to bottom) 
The "Buying and Selling a Boat" guide will help the novice navigate unfamiliar waters and remind the seasoned of trouble spots.
The "Guide to Marine Service" includes information about on-the- water towers, marinas, Overland transport, extended warranties and billing disputes. 

Accessible Fishing & RV'ng
Looking for accessible fishing and traveler sites?  Here are some great resources.
- Access Oregon -
A guide to accessible outdoor recreations areas throughout the state of Oregon. (PDF)
- Emerging Horizons provides test results for many boats.  Buying a new one or like to know more about your boat?  Click on the logo for more info.

What's going on in the Boating World...

OSMB Opportunities and Access Report
CHECK HERE 1ST for the latest info on lakes, rivers and ongoing projects.

CAUTION: Expect Debris on Oregon Rivers and Lakes!
Swollen rivers bring debris flows with trees, root wads, and other material that can impact the safety of boaters on the water.

Boating Inspection Stations Are Open. Motorists hauling boats (including kayaks, canoes, paddleboards and sailboats) in Oregon are now required to stop for a free inspection. Stopping for a watercraft inspection takes just five to 10 minutes in most cases. You're protecting Northwest waters from invasive species and preventing yourself from possibly receiving a $110 fine for by-passing a check station.

The Water Front Archives - See older boating articles.

A Beginner's Guide to Fishing: Catching and Cooking Tips

A good fishig guide for the beginner.

The PT 658 Heritage

Lovingly restored by a "crew of gray-haired ex-PT boaters", PT 658 is currently the only completely authentically restored operating (floating) US Navy PT Boat in the world.
- See the Virtual Tour
-Tours and Location

Not sure where to boat????
Search our database for Oregon Lakes & Rivers, Campgrounds & Resorts, Marinas or Boating-Related Businesses.  Search by county, city or area & find that perfect place for your next boating or camping trip.  Add attributes (Showers for Her, dump station for Him) to narrow your search.  Or find a river, lake or marina by name.  The most comprehensive information available on or off the net!!!

_____Oregon Boating Info____

- Oregon State Marine Board Home
- Registration & Fees
- Boat Oregon Store
- Apply for or Renew Title/Registration,
- Purchase permits,
- Boater Education Card
- And, More!
- Mandatory Boater Education
- Navigation Hazards & Obstructions
- Administrative Boating Rules
- Water Levels and Chartlette Info
- Boating Courtesy and Etiquette
- River Canoeing, Rafting & Kayaking - Wild & Scenic Rivers and river passes
- Outfitters/Guides/Charters

Oregon Boating Restrictions - Restrictions on motor boats in Oregon waterways including "motors prohibited" and "electrict boating only".

Use our BoatEscape Fishfinder. You can search for Lakes & Rivers by "fish type" or find out what type of fish are in the lake or river you are visiting. Developed jointly by ODFW and Click on Search Lakes & Rivers to begin.

Going fishing?  Be sure to check the Oregon 2023-23 e-regulations for Oregon Sport Fishing  

Oregon Sport Fishing Quick Links

Always be sure to check to see if there are any regulation changes:
- License Information
- License, tag and Permit Fees
- Buy a License Online
- Annual Fishng Guide
- Fishing Regulation Updates and Recreation Reports by Zone

General Fishing Resources
Your Rights to Use Oregon Lakes & Rivers
Warm Water Fishing
Oregon Shellfish Regulations
Oregon Crabbing and Clamming

Oregon Fishing Links  
Oregon Fish Counts
Daily Fish Reports

Fishing Resources:
Oregon Fishing Forum
The Guide's Forecast

Washington Fishing Reports and Stocking reports
Washington Fishing and Shellfishing Quick Links
The Weekender Report - Current fish & wildlife recreation opportunities in WA State.
Purchase WA Fishing Licenses On-Line 
- Download Washington Sportfishing Regs
- Fishing, Stocking & Creel Reports  
- WA Places to Fish     

Boating Water Level Info

Water Levels and Chartlette Info

Oregon River Levels - Northwest River Forecast Center

Corps of Engineers:
Willamette R. Drainage  
- Teacup Diagrams
Hills Creek, Lookout Point, Falls Creek, Cottage Grove, Dorena, Cougar, Blue River, Fern Ridge, Green Peter, Foster and Detroit reservoirs.

Rogue R. Drainage
- Teacup Diagrams
Galesville, Lost Creek, Fourmile, Emigrant, Howard Prairie, Hyatt, Applegate Reservoirs

Columbia River Drainages

- Teacup Diagrams  

- Bureau of Reclamation Reservoir Storage "Tea Cup" diagrams   
- Deschutes Area - Ochoco, Prineville, Crane Prairie, Wickiup, Crescent Lakes
 - Rogue river Area - Agate, Four-mile, Emigrant, Fish Lake, Howard Prairie, Hyatt reservoirs.
- Owhyhee Area (Eastern OR) -  Philips, unity, Beulah, Warm Springs, Owyhee, Bully Creek, Thief Valley reservoirs.
- Tualatin River - Scoggins Reservoir
- Umatilla River Basin - Cold Springs, McKay Reservoirs.
- Boise/Payette Area 
- Upper Snake River Basin
- Yakima River Basin

US Bureau of Reclamation Reservoir Storage Diagrams  
Check out their new Boat Ramp Diagrams

Boating Accident Videos - You won't believe these!!!
A video is worth 10,000 words! Failure to keep a proper lookout, obeying the Rules of the Road, avoiding a collision no matter who is the stand-on vessel. Simple rules that would have avoided all of these accidents.
Two vessels Colliding - miles of open seas!
Sail Boat Meets Ferry Boat
How NOT to Launch your PWC

Oregon Fishing Forum
If you are looking for a friendly forum dedicated to sharing information about fishing in Oregon - You Just Found It!!! OFF provides subforums by type of fish and by water location so it is easy to find information you need. And the members are more than glad to share their ideas and tips for making your next fishing adventure fun and productive.

BoatUS Navigation Rules
Boating Rules of the Road
Summary of most common Scenarios when meeting another boat on the water. Also Aides To Navigation (ATONS) - examples of the most common types of navigational markers, rules of the road and right of way illustrations, and an explanation of horn signals.

Going boating in Oregon?
Looking for the best gas prices? Here are a few links to help you find the best gas prices in your area.

NEW Yahoo Search for Cheap Gas. Type in "cheap gas" and your zip code. Provides a list and map of cheapest gas in your area.

Oregon Gas Prices  Find the lowest gas prices in Oregon in the last 72 hours in your area.  Submit  gas prices. Find the average gas price in Oregon.

Traveling? - Check before you go. 

ODOT's Trip Check  highway conditions.  
Road Cams - Over 130 cams available.

National Weather Service 

When a launch goes wrong!!!
Boating Accidents
Note the guy in the stern! Just one bad turnbuckle and your $4 Million boat turns into a submarine. I think the launch was free.
 RV Links RV ZONE RV Links

RV Links Page
Catch our RV links pages to get all the information you need for RV'ng.
- General RV Links 
- RV Magazines  
- RV Associtations  
- RV Owner Clubs
RV Rental  

Looking for RV dumps.  Look no farther than  A must have guide for RV'rs.  Easily organized by state.

Find or make comments
on any of our Oregon Campgrounds and RV Parks. Let other visitors know about your experience.
Find or make comments about RV Parks across the nation with RV Park Reviews.

Catch this Fishing Info on our Lakes & Rivers search pages.  We can't tell you exactly where that "lunker" is but our Fish Locater can help you find where to fish for your favorite game species. 
Search by fish type to find lakes and/or rivers with your favorite fish that are in it.

Local Notice to Mariners
- Check here before you go. Wins Regional Award from the Northwest Marine Trade Association "for their outstanding contributions to the marine industry and boating public."  (More..) gets top billing
        Boat Escape gets top billing in Fishing Online's 1000 Best Web Sites
in Fishing Online, 1,000 Best Web Sites.  Just look for us in the Oregon Section or in the Top Rated Appendix.  

Sportfishing Quiz

1) What 3 states have the most anglers?
2) What 3 states have the most jobs supported by sportfishing?
3) The total number of anglers in the US is greater than what state?
4) One out of 3 anglers fish for what species making it America's most popular gamefish.
5) What is the most targeted saltwater fish?
6) 45% of anglers come fomr cities of _______ people or more?
7) What percentage of anglers have attended college?
8) What percentage of anglers are women?
9) Nearly __% of anglers are between the ages of 35-54?

Answers to Sportfishing Quiz


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Renew your  Boat Registration on-line at the new OSMB RegLine. See this You Tube video for a tutorial. Its simple, safe and secure.  Did we say FAST!  That too. And you can use it 24/7.

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