As paddlers and kayakers dust off their boards and boats and hit the water this season, the Oregon State Marine Board and Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife want to remind craft users that Aquatic Invasive Species Prevention permits are required for not only motorized boats, but all non-motorized boats and paddlecraft 10 feet and longer. The rule includes any stand-up paddle board over that length.
Additionally, OSMB laws say the following about SUP users and the requirement for lifejacket sand signaling devices: “If paddleboarding on a river, lake or bay for transportation and being used beyond the limits of swimming, surfing or a confined area, a paddle board is considered a boat. As such, paddle boarders need to carry a properly fitting lifejacket and sound producing device. The U.S. Coast Guard made the determination that paddleboards were boats in 2009. The Marine Board is enforcing this determination to be consistent with federal law.”