Jet boats can stay on upper Rogue River

A proposal to ban jet-powered boats — including Rogue Jet Boat Adventures — from the upper Rogue River was defeated by the Oregon State Marine Board Thursday in Salem. 

The five-member board unanimously agreed with staff to reject a petition from the Rogue FlyFishers Association and an upper Rogue landowner to ban jet boats upstream of TouVelle State Park. The petitioners had claimed the boats were a safety hazard to rafters, driftboaters and wading anglers.

The staff's report noted "there are no documented accidents or boating citations involving the tour boat at this time."

Staff had recommended the river users rely instead on education, signing, voluntary restrictions and perhaps a greater law enforcement presence to ease tensions on that stretch of river.

The Marine Board has a history of not relying on restrictions to solve user-conflicts and recently denied a petition to ban outboard motors on a stretch of the Chetco River where boat and bank anglers clash at times.

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