Oregon State Marine Board

Present Duties

Marine Board office
This building in downtown Salem houses the central offices of the Oregon State Marine Board. (Oregon State Archives Photo)
The 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. It also provides grants and engineering services to governments 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.​
Agency Website

Contact Information

Address: 435 Commercial St. NE, # 400, Salem 97301; Mail: PO Box 14145, Salem 97309-5065
Telephone: 503-378-8587
Fax: 503-378-4597
Contact: Larry Warren, Director
Administrative Rules Coordinator: See Contact List for Marine Board​
Records Officer Email: Christine Cornish​
Location Map: by Google Maps

Legal & Legislative Information

Statutory Authority: ORS Chapter 830

Budget Analysis - by Legislative Fiscal Office
Audit Reports - select agency from menu

Records & Publications

Records Retention Schedule - a list of the public records kept at the agency

State Archives Holdings from This Agency

The following are selected abbreviated listings from the holdings of the Oregon State Archives. Additional records may be available. These records may be viewed free of charge at the State Archives Building in Salem. Copies are available for a fee. Take the Web tour for more information about visiting or ordering copies from the Oregon State Archives.
Title: Correspondence
Dates: 1960-1975
Cubic Ft.: 5.25
Title: Marine Board Photos
Dates: 1964-1972
Cubic Ft.: .25
Title: Minutes
Dates: 1974-1976
Cubic Ft.: .5
Title: Publications
Dates: 1960-1965
Cubic Ft.: .5
Title: "Safe Boating in Oregon," Film
Dates: n.d.
Cubic Ft.: .25