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Old    Brady (pdxWAKE.com) (big_b_21v)      Join Date: Oct 2006       02-27-2008, 2:09 PM Reply   
What are your thoughts?

This could get interesting. We are actively involved and are'nt burying our heads. But looking for input.

http://wweek.com/editorial/3416/10443/
Old    Brandon Kee (trickyboarder08)      Join Date: Jul 2005       02-27-2008, 2:16 PM Reply   
10in wake limit. No way. And we can't ride straight down the middle, better scenary and smoother water near the banks.
Old    tj (tj_in_kc)      Join Date: Jan 2008       02-27-2008, 2:29 PM Reply   
brady banning WEDs is not an uncommon thing. For instance the wedge and ballast are banned on my lake. And max boat length is 21ft.

It really limits your options when buying a boat for sure. It probably does help with the destruction somewhat though.

someone's boat was bounced off a shorestation last summer at my lake by a wakeboat wave, so i know it really can cause problems.

with that being said, the most likely thing they will do, if anything, is ban the wedge. say you can have ballast but can't use it like our lake does.....
Old    Nick Tomsyck (sidekicknicholas)      Join Date: Mar 2007       02-27-2008, 2:43 PM Reply   
all wakeboarders have to do is wait out the generation that is complaining....once they've died it will just be those who grew up with wakebaoarding left, making it all acceptable
Old    Art (rallyart)      Join Date: Nov 2006       02-27-2008, 2:46 PM Reply   
Has anyone done any scientific study on erosion caused by larger wakes? It may be they are right. It may also be that the anecdotal stories that are heard everywhere are empty opinions. This is a problem that needs some looking into because every lake and river are going to have the same argument in the foreseeable future.
Perhaps there is some erosion that changes the nature of the river bank but it would be ludicrous to think that a 36' by 32' chunk of riverbank was eroded by wakeboats. In Oregon there are constant mudslides on highways and they are surely not the result of spoilers on cars.
This is a topic that this sport needs to address with real facts. Everyone involved needs to know what happens.
Old    B Fitz (jdrcrew8)      Join Date: Jun 2005       02-27-2008, 2:59 PM Reply   
They've tried this before further downriver and didn't really get any traction to go anywhere with it. So far it is just riverfront homeowners vs. boaters, two comparatively affluent groups. Luckily, at this point the hippies aren't involved. Politicians are a lot more scared of them and their voting bloc.

Addtionally, Randy Henry with the OSMB is an extremely intelligent guy who doesn't seem to have an agenda. I talked to him as well as submitted a letter as a public comment in the previous action below the falls and he came across as someone who wouldn't really cave to a vocal minority.

What it really boils down to is that wakeboarders will have to agree to be better at "sharing" the river and being courteous of other users, educating the bad apples in the group and playing away from really expensive yet easily damaged assets like docks/boathouses/lifts; and home/property owners basically have to deal with this particular negative to get the benefit of their valuable property and private access to the river.

The Willamette will never be too regulated due to being a "navigable" waterway under the Oregon constitution but that doesn't mean that if wakeboarders, as a community, don't tone it down a little bit that life won't become harder for us. Willamette salmonid species have a lot bigger problems than wakeboard boats but this approach to control wakeboats is a lot more productive than getting into a pissing match with "young punks with loud stereos."

One last thing to add - if this gets to the point where property owners get so frustrated with boaters that they gripe loud enough, the OSMB is going to ask the Legislature for more money to have a bigger law enforcement presence on the river just to keep the two groups separate and make sure everyone toes the line. They will fund that directly out of boat registration fees, possibly even just on non-fishing type boats to make it more Willamette specific and not run into the sportfishing lobby. This has the potential to have a direct impact on your pocketbook.
Old    Stephen Higgins (srh00z)      Join Date: Jun 2003       02-27-2008, 3:25 PM Reply   
I don't know if anybody else deals with barge traffic and tugboats, but I would imagine they cause more erosion than any wakes. When one goes by our river place it is like the tide changing at times. The water level can drop 2-3 inches.
Old    LT (running_turtle)      Join Date: Jun 2007       02-27-2008, 4:30 PM Reply   
Ha Ha i added my comment
Seriously if you can buy a lake house 9 times out of 10 you have money. stop complaining!
My lake got eaten by a sink hole and the people around the lake are still complaining. Now its because we put a canoe and rowed around. They just want to get mad at someone, and thats who they picked. Wow im so glad.
If i lived there i would just blare loud music super early infront of one of the complainer's houses. haha
GET A LIFE!
Old    Matt Simpson (pink)      Join Date: May 2006       02-27-2008, 4:45 PM Reply   
just say if we cant ride we will start selling crack outside schools. they will shut up quick
Old    Lionel (lionel)      Join Date: Nov 2005       02-28-2008, 8:19 PM Reply   
I like what KL Smith had to say:

"It seems to me that the bank erosion problem could be contributed to by many factors. One of the most likely would be the decimation of riparian zone vegetation for access and the "million dollar view" that river front homeowners seek. Another factor not mentioned could also be changes in river flows caused by the accelerated shrinking of glaciers etc.. from global warming. pointing the finger at one "perceived" cause leaves three fingers pointing back at you. The concern for the salmon and warming of water temps have probably been influenced more from the removal of shoreline trees and vegetation that help shade the river from solar gain and filter water before entering the river."

The guy from the Willamette Riverkeepers comment kills me, "not natural". Is logging, farming, and pesticides natural? Or the resident fish with 3 eyes and crooked spines that are filled with so many toxins you can't eat them? Oh yeah, how about that big dam on Willamette Falls? Is that natural? Recently Oregon allowed "toxic mixing zones", it still might. This is where industry could release pollutants into rivers, but they didn't measure the level of toxins at the pipe flowing directly into the river, they measured it hundreds of yards downstream from the pipe. So the toxins are allowed to "mix" with the water already in the river and pass DEQ inspection?

Clearly a few homeowners on the "Public" Willy are using the "private" Lake Oswego as an example on what "they" think should happen.

How about we clean up and repair the river first! Like the Superfund site known as the Portland Harbor! Let's make it liveable so all species including wakeboarders can live in it without getting sick.
Old    Bill K (bill_airjunky)      Join Date: Apr 2002       02-28-2008, 8:58 PM Reply   
People have to remember that your in a narrow river & anything that infringes on the rights of others is going to be perceived as a bad thing.

I believe the erosion issue is just a weapon being used against the wakeboarders because the property owners feel like their too loud & annoying. Erosion is a fact of life in a river, especially a working river with barges & tugs on it all the time. But those have been going on for a long time & people have come to accept them. The wakeboard scene is fairly new, and the loud stereos are buggin the he11 out of them.
Old    Art (rallyart)      Join Date: Nov 2006       02-28-2008, 9:56 PM Reply   
They reintroduced wolves to an area in Alberta that had been cleared of them quite a few years ago. (Yes, this is related) They thought the wolves would cause a big drop in the deer population and studied everything closely. The deer population did not drop but the rivers and streams stopped eroding as much.
You see the deer used to spend a lot of time near their water sources and eat all the vegetation. Wolves stopped them hanging out and the natural protection for the banks grew back.

Maybe if nobody's yard went to the shore there would be less erosion. It might be the landholders fault.
Old    Kevin (kklupenger)      Join Date: Jun 2006       02-29-2008, 1:33 PM Reply   
It's too bad they aren't doing this a little later in the year. I think it would be good for them to see that at least half the homeowners from Wilsonville to Newberg have boats with wake enhancing devices tied up to their docks.
Old    sydwayz (sydwayz)      Join Date: Mar 2003       02-29-2008, 3:45 PM Reply   
Kevin, so true. We have been boating on the upper Willy for 6 years now. And almost all of the boats tied up are wakeboats. From what I have seen the river has done is not even close to what " wakeboats " have done to further erosion.

When we come back on the river in the spring from the previous year there is always a good amount of erosion. And I sure it wasn't from the hardcore wakeboarders over the winter.

From what I have heard this starts from one homeowner and his dock. He started measuring wake heights with his own methods.
Old    Kevin (kklupenger)      Join Date: Jun 2006       02-29-2008, 4:03 PM Reply   
Yes, it just concerns me that one homeowner that is against wakeboats will be taken as the voice for all homeowners. Sounds like they have a good balance of interested parties on the committee though.
Old    LT (running_turtle)      Join Date: Jun 2007       02-29-2008, 7:26 PM Reply   
Upload
thats our boat ramp. nice eh?
they say its because of wakeboats
Old    Edward Ehrichs (svguy)      Join Date: Jan 2004       03-04-2008, 1:26 PM Reply   
This is an interesting topic. Erosion is a natural process. The course a river takes changes over time. Large outside loops can get cut off and new bends form. Of course this process normally occurs over hundreds of years and is normally not perceptable so if there is some evidence of erosion, it must be Wakeboats right.

Personnally, I think the fisherman and PWC owners are somehow responsible but I haven't figured it out just yet.
Old    Robert A (cocheese)      Join Date: Jul 2004       03-04-2008, 2:00 PM Reply   
I think it is PWC and tubers! The PWCs have jets that when are ridden too close to the shore promote erosion. The tubers spend too much time in one spot going in circles which increases the wakes to huge rollers!
Old    Patrick (2manytoys)      Join Date: May 2007       03-04-2008, 2:53 PM Reply   
Maybe its the run off from the golf courses polluting the river and causing the erosion by killing the natural vegetation..
Old    falcon_v            03-04-2008, 3:30 PM Reply   
YOU SHOULD CALL THE WHITE HOUSE AND TELL BUSH HE WILL FIND WHAT THE PROBLEM IS AND WILL DESTROU IT Weapons of Marine Destruction
JUST PLAYING NOTHING AGAINST BUSH.
Old    falcon_v            03-04-2008, 3:31 PM Reply   
DESTROY SORRY
Old    SulMaxwell (sulmaxwell)      Join Date: Dec 2003       03-04-2008, 6:07 PM Reply   
I grew up on a lake 40min south west of ED-AB-CAN-long and narrow with predominantly GREEN water..Pea soup in the summer...with a mucky shoreline... as the economy picked up, so did the lake...with cabins replaced by large homes and pretty much every boat on the lake being a pimped out WB boat...the water is now cleaner shorelines nicer with cleaned rock...residents worried about shoreline erosion when in fact it has improved. My fater, retired engineer, lake front home owner, avid watersport enthusiast..from the 60's...on this exact lake-credits the water condition to the simple fact that the larger boats have created more motion in the lake, larger waves "washing" up onto the shore and the wash cleansing back into the lake...as well, lakes are cyclic..and go through a lifecycle of levels of drought and water quality...I am trying to get Dad to write up an official report in regards to this, i think he will get a kick out of links like this one that would support his theory
Old    Brady (pdxWAKE.com) (big_b_21v)      Join Date: Oct 2006       04-01-2008, 10:02 PM Reply   
**Attention Oregon Boaters and Wakeboarders**
Please read the following and if at all possible clear your calender and try to attend the OSMB Meeting in Wilsonville Oregon on Monday, April 7, beginning at 10 a.m. at the Wilsonville Public Library, 8200 SW Wilsonville Rd.

**NOTE- The last paragraph for the Staff Recommendations. This was never the proposal of anyone from the Wake Group.
If you dont know where RM 31.5 at the upper end of Willow Island to RM 48.5 at the Hwy 219 bridge is.
Well....its the stretch of river from the corner by the Hollywood Video house down by Canby, to the Newberg- St. Paul bridge in Newberg. So basically a 12 mile stretch of river.

Item A
Wake Group report for the lower Willamette River
Wake Working Group

01.
At the January 2008 Marine Board meeting, the Board heard discussion about
wakeboarding, boat wakes and related conflicts on the Willamette River. After
considering the discussion, the Board directed staff to convene a working group to
further explore the issue and determine if there was acceptable middle ground to help
resolve complaints.

02.
The working group convened on February 12 in Wilsonville for the first meeting. The
working group included members of the wake boat industry, wake boarders,
waterfront homeowners seeking regulations restricting wakes, an angler, marine
board staff, local dock/boat house contractor, and county law enforcement. The first
meeting focused on outlining the basic issues and disagreements, potential solutions
and general discussion. Representative Jerry Krummel opened the meeting,
welcoming participants and thanking them for their time and interest. He encouraged
the group to work together and reach a solution that meets the needs of homeowners
while continuing to allow the public use of the Willamette River. An on-water
demonstration was set and the date for the final meeting was established. See the
attachment for names of attending individuals and more specific meeting notes.

03.
The on-water demonstration occurred March 6. The event turned out to be more
complex than was expected and provided only limited data regarding boat wakes.
However, the event was useful to staff in comparing boat operation, observing wake
boat functions and capacities, and in seeing the effects of multiple boats operating in
a close area. Please see the attached Wake Working Group memo dated March 10 for
additional info. From this event, staff proposed a strawman framework for the March
12 working group meeting.

04.
At the March 12 meeting, the framework was posted on the wall. The working group
was then asked to bring forward any proposals they had. The wakeboard industry
representatives listed a series of items which were generally modifications of the
framework. Homeowners seeking additional regulation were not unsupportive but
remained adamant that only a wake-device ban would actively address large wakes.

05.
It should be mentioned that a letter-writing campaign to state legislators began about
the time of the final meeting. Pro-wakeboard individuals contacted 16 state legislators
stating their opposition to any restrictive regulations. The letter was based on
discussion points from the first meeting, not the proposals discussed at the final
meeting. Staff has contacted all legislators with a summary of the process to date. In
addition, about 15 waterfront homeowners who were against wakeboarding
restrictions were present at the final working group meeting and were given
opportunity to make comments.

06.
Staff also notes the divisiveness of this issue. People on both sides of the issue have
expressed concern that they are not adequately represented or that the process was
unfair to their interest. Homeowners seeking regulation were specifically dissatisfied
with the on-water test and expressed concern that they were not sufficiently heard at
the final working group meeting. Staff had hoped for a more positive process and a
consensus agreement.

Background

01.
Wakeboard boats have internal ballast tanks that hold anywhere from 900 to 2000
pounds or more of water. Some wakeboard boats also have “wedges” or hydrofoil
devices deployed below the boat to provide additional downthrust. The average size
for wakeboard boats in Oregon is about 21' with some up to 24 and 25 feet long. They
require significant power to move the large mass through the water at such an angle
as to create large wakes.

02.
Because the Marine Board does not register boats by model, we cannot accurately
account for the number of wakeboard boats statewide. However, there are roughly
3000 boats in the state that are 20 feet or longer and are manufactured by companies
who specialize in wakeboats. Nearly 2000 of these boats are in the Portland Metro
area. Only about 332 boats measure 23 feet and larger statewide, with about 188 in
the Portland Metro area.

03.
Through this process it has become apparent that these boats are often operated over
capacity. The Coast Guard has a capacity limit on each boat that also includes the
ballast water. As an example, the boat we tested had a total capacity of 13 people or
1800 pounds, yet the ballast tanks held up to 1000 pounds of water. When fully
ballasted, there is only enough capacity for 3 people and gear. It is a common practice
to load wakeboats with additional people and gear, which, either on purpose or
incidental to the operation, creates a larger wake, especially if people are moved to
the back of the boat to exaggerate the plowing effect.

04.
A relatively new device is the "wedge". This is a hydrofoil that drops below the boat
and creates an additional downthrust equivalent of 1000 or more pounds. According
to the Coast Guard, this device doesn't count against the boat's capacity. A Malibu 23
LSV weighs about 3900 pounds with a 50 gallon fuel tank and seating for 14 people.
It can be purchased with a 450 hp motor, 1350 pounds of ballast and the wedge that
creates another 1000 to 1250 pounds of downthrust. If even moderately loaded with
people and fuel, this boats can weigh upwards of 6,750 pounds without the wedge
deployed, or an equivalent 8,000 if the wedge is deployed. Staff was not able to find
independent data on wake size but websites recommend the rear-mounted wedge be
used to create larger wakes for advanced wakeboarding and wake surfing.

05.
Industry marketing does not typically address legal operating capacity. One
manufacturer includes the following statement in the description of their 23 foot
wakeboard boat. “A 5.7L 325 horsepower multi-port fuel injected is standard, but the
bran new 6.0L 409HP GM Vortec engine might be the favorite option of riders who
fill the ballast bags and load the boat with friends and gear.” Aftermarket ballast bags
are available to increase the ballast on a boat. A search of used boat websites reveal
that some boats are retrofitted to where the ballast alone exceeds capacity. This fact
likely adds to the wake problems experienced by waterfront homeowners. It is likely
that wakeboats have peaked in size and weight – at least as fitted from the factory -
and industry is focused more on creating the best shaped wake at the best distance
from the boat.

06.
For comparison, a comparably sized inboard aluminum fishing boat would be about
3000 pounds, plus the anglers. An average ski boat comes in around 2500 to 3000
pounds and 15 or 16’ fishing boats can be 1000 to 2000 pounds. Since wake size is a
function of displacement and speed, as well as hull design, heavier boats tend to
produce larger wakes.

07.
Comparing boat operation side by side provides only a limited view of reality. The
Moomba wakeboat that was tested by staff produced a wake similar in size to a 22
foot North River jetboat outfitted for law enforcement. The boat was tested at legal
capacity and though measurements were not precise, both boats produced an 8 to 12
inch wake. However, wakeboard boats tend to operate in relatively small areas
making repeated passes back and forth. If the boat is used to pull an inflatable toy, it
is often operated in zig-zags or figure eights to maximize wake. The energy from the
wakes is repeatedly directed toward the shoreline. Fishing boats, cruisers and
commercial vessels tend to go from point to point with more limited operation. While
their wakes may be comparable in basic operation, their operation style likely creates
a much lower impact.

08.
Homeowners seeking wake regulations have characterized this as an erosion issue
above all else. Staff would agree that increasing wake size contributes to erosion, but
there is no local data to determine the extent to which boat operation contributes. The
Marine Board would typically work with other natural resource agencies to devise
boating restrictions to address a boating-related environmental impact. However,
DEQ, ODFW, DSL and other agencies have no monitoring in place on this section of
the river, and there are no studies that provide a baseline from which to measure
erosion. Agencies were invited to participate, with ODFW and DEQ attending the onwater
exercise, but there has been no official input beyond that. ODFW has indicated
that this is not a significant biological concern, but is interested in activities that
promote a healthy aquatic environment, including placement of woody debris to
protect shorelines. Lack of a measurable environmental impact is particularly
awkward for the Oregon State Marine Board because it asks the Board to adopt
regulations addressing an environmental impact for which no state or federal agency
has quantifiable data supporting the claim, and the Board has no staff qualified to
estimate or quantify the claim.
Wake Group Discussion
A solution to eliminate any risk of erosion or dock damage from boats would be a total
ban on all motors on boats. This is unrealistic and was not supported by any persons on
the working group. A no-action alternative was supported by members of the public
attending the final work group meeting.
In general, there was support at the final wake group meeting for the following proposals
to address wake issues:
- Dedicated law enforcement, specially trained to recognize overloading issues,
alcohol abuse and unsafe operation, are needed. Officers are currently spread over
a large area and cannot adequately respond to these problems.
- Creation of a "Congestion Zone." This would designate the Newberg Pool of the
Willamette River a congestion zone and implement a series of regulations to
reduce wake size and conflict. While certain details were not hashed out, it
includes requiring straight-line operation (this reduces wake size), prohibiting
powered u-turns and figure eights, separating boats pulling tubers or boarders by
at least 200 feet (reduces wakes from stacking up), and prohibiting operation
within 100 or 200' of all docks.
- Enhanced outreach and education delivered in partnership with industry and the
Marine Board. This would include additional material in OSMB's mandatory
boater education program, creation of a low-impact boating publication for
distribution by dealers and boat educators, and other outreach activities.
- Use Oregon State University Wave Research Center student to assist in
monitoring actual wake hieght during summer boating season. OSU is interested
in participating.
- Develop a reference library of credible studies and materials to better understand
these issues. It would be housed at OSMB.
- Poll all riparian landowners to determine perceptions of historical use patterns and
problems.
- Noise enforcement. Currently OSMB has no statutory authority to address stereo
noise. It was suggested that this be addressed legislatively. No one argued that
noise shouldn’t be addressed.
- Easing restrictions so homeowners can more easily armor the banks in front of
their properties. State and federal permits are difficult to get. There are quite a few
floating trees that could be affixed to shorelines to reduce wake impacts and
improve wildlife habitat. Industry willing to support. This could require
legislative assistance. Note - this is complicated, too. Studies show that armoring
a shoreline can, in some instances, increase erosion downstream. It needs to be
done carefully.
The following proposals were presented at the meeting by homeowners seeking
restrictions. They were accompanied by signed petitions with approximately 300
signatures (see attached).
- Prohibit use of all wake enhancing devices, including ballast tanks, foils or
loading passengers in a way intended to increase the size of the wake generated.
- Boats 22 feet and larger prohibited from towing devices (skiers, tubers, boarders)
- Beginning June 2010, boats over 3300 pounds prohibited from towing devices.
It should be noted that a group of 15 waterfront homeowners attended the final meeting
specifically arguing against any wakeboat restrictions. These people indicated that they
were not experienceing erosion issues and purchased their property specifically for
boating access. They did not want another group of landowners restricting their right to
access the river.

Proposal

01.
There are significant philosophical issues to consider when devising a response to this
situation. Staff believes it is possible to address the issue in a relatively simple way
through restrictive regulations – such as banning use of all wake enhancing devices. It
is also possible to address the issue through more intense outreach, education,
enforcement and a framework of regulation designed to shape all boat operation to
reduce wake size. The first option is simpler but at a larger cost specifically to
wakeboarders. The second option could only be successful with significant resources
(time and money) from the Marine Board and industry, and still with significant
restriction to the general boating public. Staff will therefore detail three options that
could be considered in various configurations.

Option 1 –
Board direction, no rulemaking
1) Direct Education staff to implement an outreach partnership with industry that
targets owners of wakeboard boats in Multnomah, Clackamas, Columbia,
Washington, Marion and Yamhill counties.
2) Direct Law Enforcement program to fund dedicated marine enforcement officer
limited to operation on the Willamette River Newberg Pool, with special training
in alcohol enforcement, boat overloading, wakeboard boat operation, wake
damage complaints and noise monitoring. Officer will be in place Memorial Day
weekend to Labor Day weekend, 4 days per week including weekends. Specific
emphasis on boat overloading and operation of boat with restricted visibility (bow
high).
3) Partnership with OSU Wave Research Center to get baseline data on wake height
through summer boating period.
- Note: Economic impact of approximately $20,000. Could be defrayed by industry
contribution.

Option 2 -
Rulemaking
1) Initiate rulemaking for “Congestion Zone” designation, from the Hwy 219 Bridge
at RM 48.5 to the upper end of Willow Island at RM 31.5. Congestion zone
applies only to boats pulling towed devices. It requires:
a. Straight-line operation (powered u-turns and figure eights prohibited);
b. 200 foot separation between following boat with towed device and the
person being towed by the lead boat.
c. No towing operation within 100 feet of all docks.
d. Slow-no-wake zone from I-5 Boones Ferry Bridge at RM 38 and the
Railroad Bridge immediately up river.
2) Use in the congestion zone of hydrofoil or other external device designed to
enhance boat wake, whether towing or not, is prohibited.

Option 3 –
in lieu of Option 2
1) Designate Willamette River from the Hwy 219 Bridge at RM 48.5 to the upper
end of Willow Island at RM 31.5 as a congestion zone. Within zone:
a. Prohibit use of all wake enhancing devices, including ballast tanks,
wedges or hydrofoils or other mechanical devices, or un-even loading of
persons or gear to artificially operate bow high.
b. No wake surfing or wake boarding within 100 feet of all docks.
2) Slow-no-wake zone from I-5 Boones Ferry Bridge at RM 38 and the Railroad
Bridge immediately up river.
Analysis

01.
Options 1 and 2 best serve as a package for addressing wake complaints on the
Willamette River. This package addresses wakes created by all boats, not just
wakeboard boats. Additionally, it seeks to limit wake size created by externally
applied wake enhancement devices. To be successful, it will require significant
enforcement investments and extended outreach and education efforts. This will
create a significant workload for staff and, depending on industry contribution,
significant budget impacts given declining revenues. It is not feasible to implement a
statewide fee increase to fund a localized issue like this, and any fee increases would
require legislative approval through the 2009 legislative session, limiting
implementation for the 2008 boating season.

02.
Option 3 is viewed as draconian by industry and wakeboarders who carry significant
investments in their wakeboard boats. However, option 3 doesn’t prevent use of the
boat – just the wake enhancing devices. Boats may continue to be loaded to capacity
with people and gear, allowing for the social event enjoyed by boaters. Law
enforcement is still problematic because certain wakeboats can be de-ballisted
instantly or in under a minute. Additionally, lead plates or other devices can be
employed to create a similar effect without use of ballast tanks and they will not be
readily observable during routine stops.

03.
Enforcement for options 1, 2 and 3 are problematic in all respects given recent court
rulings requiring “probable cause” to stop or inspect a vessel. Officers may not stop a
vessel unless they observe an offense being committed. Wakeboats are stoutly built
and are not easy to visually determine if they are overloaded or not. Special training
for enforcement, including resource materials listing different types of boats and their
capacities, would need to be developed.

04.
Not discussed is the size limitations proposed by waterfront homeowners seeking
wake restrictions. It is the opinion of staff that these larger boats are a small minority
and will be adequately limited by either option 2 or option 3.
Staff Recommendation
Therefore, based primarily on the simplicity of the regulation and the fact that it
minimally restricts operation, staff recommends option 3, a prohibition of wake
enhancing devices, in the stated congestion zone.

Staff recommends that the Board release a draft rule for public comment, as follows:
OAR 250-020-0032
Boat Operations on the Willamette River in Clackamas County
(3) No person shall operate a boat at a speed in excess of a “Slow—No Wake” maximum
5 mph speed on the following waters:
(e) From the I-5 Boones Bridge west approximately 1,700 feet to the Railroad Bridge.

(5) In the Willamette River from RM 31.5 at the upper end of Willow Island to RM 48.5
at the Hwy 219 bridge:
(a) boats are prohibited from using ballast tanks or bags, or mechanical devices including
wedges or hydrofoils, to increase the boat’s wake size.
(b) Loading of passengers at the rear of the boat to increase wake size is also prohibited.
(c) Wake surfing or wakeboarding within 100 feet of all docks prohibited.

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