Originally Posted by Trejos
Yep, bad info from both the Salem and Idaho park and rec. offices.
A lot of the confusion on the agencies part stems from the difference between motorized and non-motorized boats. Motorized boats include the ISP in the registration fees. There are no registration fees for non motorized boats so they require purchasing a permit. Still the people on the phones should know their own regulations.
Invasive species permits work just like angling licenses. The only reciprocity is on border waters and only if you have a permit or licenses from one of the two bordering states. No way a Washington permit (motor boats pay a invasive species fee as part of their registration) is good for Hells Canyon, but it is in the Columbia River.