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Old 19-05-2024, 15:41   #1
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Where are Mooring Fields in Oregon?

Hello! I'm looking for mooring fields on the oregon coast or in Portland. I googled many marinas on the Oregon coast but none of them advertise mooring fields on their websites. Where are all of the mooring fields in Oregon? Do they exist?
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Old 19-05-2024, 16:14   #2
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Re: Where are Mooring Fields in Oregon?

Very few moorings in Oregon due to the nature of the waterways.

Almost all boats are kept in mooring slips.

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https://portlandharbor.org/harbor-info/mooring-info

https://www.harbormasters.org/salem/moorings.shtml

https://www.anyplaceamerica.com/directory/harbors/or/
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Re: Where are Mooring Fields in Oregon?

I have never seen such a thing in Oregon. Except for big mooring buoys for commercial ships and a few Coast Guard moorings.

There are a variety of anchorages, but there is a 30-day maximum stay, anywhere in the state. This gets interpreted differently by different counties. If you drop anchor, a Sheriffs deputy will pay you a visit. Sometimes if you even look like you’re thinking of dropping an anchor. They’ll tell you what their interpretation of the law is. (e.g. “You’d better be gone soon and you can’t come back here again until next year.”)

That said, there is a highly visible problem with hobo boats. People buy a cheap boat on Craigslist, have no idea or means to operate or maintain it. Boat breaks loose and sinks during the next storm. Back to Craigslist. Some of the sloughs on the Columbia River are choked with these wrecks.

See “Charlies Charts” (for one) for a description of anchorages along the coast. Depending on your draft, there are numerous sloughs along the Columbia where temporary anchorage can be had (unless they are full of hobos.) Up river from Portland, they are scarce, but there are still a few. I recently lived on the river for a year. It’s doable, but you have to keep moving. And you need to have good ground tackle. And be prepared to dinghy several miles for groceries and fuel. There will be wind and current and big tides.

A good place to stop for a couple of weeks near Astoria (e.g. while waiting for a weather window) is Mott Basin, behind Tongue Point. It’s a former navy base that was most recently used to store old Liberty Ships, but is completely empty now. There’s room for hundreds of boats in there, but the Sheriff is pretty hostile. The main drawback is there’s no place nearby to go ashore and it’s a five mile dinghy ride (over sometimes rough water) to town.

Many, but not all marinas have guest docks. Or a few rent hot slips as available. They currently cost anywhere from $15 to $50 a night, and most have a 72 hour limit. You can use these for provisioning, but the cost adds up. There are a few parks with free docks, but again, 72 hour limit.

If you want to keep a boat there for a long term, you need to rent a slip in a marina. Depending on location and size of slip needed, there can be a multi-year waiting list, so best put in a deposit at a couple of places and keep fingers crossed.
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Very few moorings in Oregon due to the nature of the waterways.

Almost all boats are kept in mooring slips.

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https://portlandharbor.org/harbor-info/mooring-info

https://www.harbormasters.org/salem/moorings.shtml

https://www.anyplaceamerica.com/directory/harbors/or/
Um… those links are for the east coast. Not Oregon.
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Re: Where are Mooring Fields in Oregon?

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Um… those links are for the east coast. Not Oregon.
Oh, that oregon, of the wet coast!

Just playing with you.

Albeit those references for moorings are as close as they come.

Whereas the harbor guide for Oregon is very complete.

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Re: Where are Mooring Fields in Oregon?

According to Dockwa, there are two locations in their system listed for 'Moorings" in all of Oregon, Washington, Vancouver and Vancouver Island. At least listed as transient and rentable.
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According to Dockwa, there are two locations in their system listed for 'Moorings" in all of Oregon, Washington, Vancouver and Vancouver Island. At least listed as transient and rentable.
Well, BC Parks alone has a number of mooring fields, some free, some by donation, and some a fixed cost. Clearly Dockwa is incomplete.
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