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Public Records Requests

Please read through the information below before submitting the online request form. 

Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife ODFW responds to requests for public records in a manner that is consistent with and complies with public records law, while managing the impact on agency workload and fiscal integrity. ODFW’s public records policy details the applicable laws and procedure.

Public record includes any writing containing information related to the conduct of the public’s business used or retained by a public body.

Public record does not include any writing unrelated to the conduct of the public’s business.

ODFW cannot create or manipulate documents or data in response to requests for public record.

A public records request does not pertain to information readily available through the ODFW website, published in an agency document such as a brochure, booklet, pamphlet, or other printed material readily provided to the public on a complimentary basis.

To recover costs accrued in responding to public records requests, ODFW charges fees as directed by the Public Records Law. Fees vary depending on the actual time required to research and provide the information. Requests are submitted without payment. Once received, ODFW will review your request and provide an estimate for any required fees according to the standard fee schedule.

ODFW accepts credit card, check and/or money order.

Payment processing information is provided to the requestor with the cost estimate invoice.

Agencies are statutorily required to consider and grant reasonable requests to waive and/or reduce fees associated with fulfilling a public records request when doing so is in the public interest because providing access primarily benefits the general public.  A request for reduced or waived fees may be submitted in accordance with DAS Statewide Policy 107-001-030.

ODFW only redacts requested information where the Public Records Law requires.

  • Information concerning litigation
  • Protected information about threatened and endangered species
  • Protected personal information e.g., social security numbers, personal tax information, etc.
  • In most instances, ODFW will not redact information without advice from the Attorney General's Office.

All readily available documentation and existing records are subject to release per the Public Records Law.

ODFW cannot create or manipulate documents or data in response to requests for public record.

Depending upon staff availability, the nature of the request, and the volume of records being requested all records requests will be filled as soon as practicable and without unreasonable delay.


Marine Resources Publications:

Oregon Marine Reserves Library:

Recreational Crab Fishing Reports and Publications:

Columbia River Investigations Reports and Publications:

Columbia River Management Fact Sheets:

Columbia River Fisheries Joint Staff Reports:

Oregon Native Fish Status Report:

Native Fish Conservation and Recovery:

Conservation Strategy Publications:

Living With Wildlife:

Access and Habitat Publications:

Wolf Program Updates:

Grey Wolves Depredation Investigations

Oregon Sage-Grouse Population Information


State Library of Oregon, Digital Collection- Fish and Wildlife:

Fish and Wildlife Commission Meeting Archive

Commission Field Reports

ODFW News Releases

Natural Resources Dataset Inventory 

A wealth of public information is available at:

ODFW Data Clearinghouse at:

ORBIC gathers information on rare species, rare plants, invasive species, endangered invertebrates and provides biodiversity data and services at 

StreamNet “Fish Data for the Northwest”

Records specific to an individual must be requested through the public records process. Lists of controlled hunt winners and other reports about our controlled hunt process are available through our Electronic Licensing System. Customer email addresses and youth customer information are not available for disclosure as public records.

Fill out the online request form. You will receive an automated confirmation email.

Submit a Public Records Request


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