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Klamath Lake
Oregon's Publicly-Owned Waterways
The submerged and submersible land underlying Oregon's waterways is publicly-owned if:
it has been determined to be navigable for title purposes
is tidally-influenced.
Tidally-Influenced Waterways
Following is a list of Oregon waterways that have been determined to meet the federal test of navigability for purposes of State ownership of the underlying submerged and submersible land.
    Columbia River, Astoria-Megler Bridge

Chetco River
RM 3.3 to "at least" RM 11 (about one mile upstream from the mouth of Elk Creek)
Oregon v. Tidewater Contractors, CV-93-6017-HO (D.Or. 1994)
Columbia River
RM 0 to 309 (Oregon-Washington border)
Oregon Admissions Act
Coos River
RM 0 to 4.5 (mouth of the Millicoma River)
Tide Lands Act of 1876
Coquille River
RM 0 to 36.3 (confluence of the North Fork and South Fork)
Tide Lands Act of 1876
John Day About RM 17.5 to 22.5 and 134.5 to 135.5
River mile 10 (Tumwater Falls) to river mile 184 (Kimberly)  
Marion County Circuit Court, June 2002
State Land Board declaration 2005
Klamath River
RM 208 to 233 (California border to Keno)
State Land Board declaration 1986
McKenzie River
RM 0 to 37 (Dutch Henry Rock)
Oregon v. Riverfront Protection Association, 672 F.2d 792 (9th Cir. 1982) State Land Board declaration, 1976
Rogue River
RM 0 to 68.5 (Grave Creek)
Administrative rule, OAR 141-81-050(1), adopted by the State Land Board in 1975
RM 68.5 to 157.5 (Lost Creek Dam) Land Board assertion of ownership, June 2008.
Sandy River
RM 0 to 37.5 (confluence of the Salmon River)
State Land Board declaration, February 2002
Snake River
RM 176 to 409 (Oregon-Idaho border)
Oregon Admission Act
Umpqua River
RM 0 to 111.5 (confluence of the North and South Forks)
Administrative rule, OAR 141-81-050(3), adopted by the State Land Board in 1976.
Tide Lands Act of 1876
Willamette River
RM 0 to 187 (confluence of the Coast and Middle Forks)
Corvallis Sand & Gravel v. Oregon, 429 U.S. 363 (1977).
Tide Lands Act of 1874

Page updated: March 16, 2009

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