But before you grab that paddle board or kayak, you’ll need a permit.
Marine patrol deputies say many Oregonians don’t know about a new law which requires a ‘Waterway Access Permit’ for non-motorized boats 10 feet and longer.
That includes kayaks, canoes, rafts, stand-up paddle boards, and other inflatables.
The permit costs $5 for 7 days and $19 for one year.
You can buy it online through ODFW’s website or at an ODFW office that sells licenses.
The Jackson County Sheriff’s Office says they’re still warning people about the permit, but will eventually have to start enforcing it.
Amanda Rose is a multimedia journalist for NBC5 News. Amanda graduated from Columbia University earning a Master’s degree in Journalism. She also received a Bachelor’s degree in English with a specialization in literature from the University of British Columbia.
She’s a Los Angeles native, but is thrilled to return to the beautiful Pacific Northwest and is passionate about reporting on the criminal justice system.