The waterway access permit is not required if floating a federally designated wild and scenic river system for which a separate fee system is in place per the regulations (note that subsection 1 describes when the fee is required):
(3) Subsection (1) of this section does not apply to
c) A person operating a boat on a federally designated wild and scenic river for which a separate fee system is in place.
The Rogue River wild section requires a $10 per person fee. As a "separate fee system" is in place and the section is federally designated as "wild and scenic" then the regulations seem pretty clear that a waterway access permit is not needed for the wild section of the Rogue no matter what the rangers seem to think.
While I agree with Shapp's interpretation of the regs, I was specifically told that I needed the waterway access permit by the ranger when I picked up some cancellations for mid-July last week. Already have it for other rivers, so not a big deal to me, but they are definitely sending out mixed information.
Keep in mind that the waterway access permit is new and is State of Oregon regulation. The BLM river rangers have no more authority to enforce this Oregon regulation than they do to check you for correct state of Oregon hunting or fishing license, check to make sure you have a drivers license when operating a motor vehicle, or write you a speeding ticket on the road to the putin. It is very clear from the waterway access permit language that a waterway access permit is not needed on the wild and scenic section of the Rogue if you are paying an additional fee to the BLM to float the river, so long as you are using the putin and takeout associated with that wild and scenic section. If you say, putin upstream at Hog Creek, then you would need the waterway access permit to float from there down to Grave Creek
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