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This building in downtown Salem houses the central offices of the Oregon State Marine Board. (Oregon State Archives Photo)

This building in downtown Salem houses the central offices of the Oregon State Marine Board. (Oregon State Archives Photo)

Present Duties

The State Marine Board was established in 1959 by the Legislature in response to the federal Boating Safety Act of 1958. The agency’s mission is to serve Oregon’s recreational boating public through education, enforcement, access and environmental stewardship for a safe and enjoyable experience. The agency is governed by a volunteer, five-member board, who serve at the pleasure of the governor.

The board adopts boating regulations to promote safety, reduce conflict, preserve traditional boat uses and protect the environment. The agency has 40 staff and four primary program areas: Boating Safety, Policy and Environmental, Registration and Boating Facilities.

The agency is responsible for titling and registering motorboats, registering guides/outfitters and licensing charter boats. The agency contracts with county sheriff’s offices and the Oregon State Police to enforce boating laws on state waters. The agency also provides grants and engineering services to governments (cities, counties, park districts, port districts, state and federal) to develop and maintain boat ramps, parking, restrooms and temporary moorage facilities.

The agency encourages safe and sustainable boating through its Boating Safety Education, Aquatic Invasive Species Prevention, Clean Marina and Clean Boater programs. Additionally, the agency collaborates on statewide issues with boaters who serve on Boat Oregon Advisory Teams. The teams meet regularly to evaluate boating issues and discuss ways the agency can improve its operations to better serve Oregon’s recreational boaters.


Contact Information

Mailing Address: PO Box 14145, Salem 97309-5065
Telephone: 503-378-8587
Fax: 503-378-4597
General Email:
Contact: Scott Brewen, Director
Administrative Rules Coordinator Email: June LeTarte
Records Officer Email: Janess Eilers
Staff Directory from
Location Map: by Yahoo! Maps

Legal and Legislative Information

Statutory Authority: ORS Chapter 830
Budget Analysis (PDF) - by Legislative Fiscal Office
Audit Reports - select agency from menu

Records, Publications and General Information

Agency History (PDF) - a detailed history of the agency
Records Retention Schedule (PDF) - a list of the public records kept at the agency
State Archives Holdings - a select list of the agency's records available for research at the State Archives
State Library Publications - a link to the Oregon State Library Catalog