Who We Are

An organization devoted to the acquisition, development and administration of public recreational boating facilities nationwide. SOBA provides a forum for the exchange of views, ideas, concepts and experiences related to all aspects of recreational boating facilities.

SOBA was formed in 1986 primarily by a small group of state boating officials who wanted to promote the acquisition, development, and administration of recreational boating facilities nationwide. Membership has now expanded to all 50 states and five territories and includes not only state boating officials, but also consultants, engineering firms, manufacturers, suppliers, publishers and other businesspersons interested in boating access.

As a voice supporting the need for recreational boating facilities nationwide, SOBA strives to provide a medium for the exchange of views and experiences that will foster private, interstate, and federal-state cooperation and coordination in boating facility design, construction, and financing. Drawing from its membership's nationwide experiences SOBA also provides a problem solving forum for the exchange of information and ideas relating to all aspects of recreational boating facilities. More.

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The States Organization for Boating Access (SOBA) is the collective voice of public boating access in the US. Members enjoy access to national experts, state-of-the-art information, and a host of other valuable services.

SOBA is a nonprofit organization and its members include state boating officials from all 50 states and five territories, in addition to a range of other boating organizations, engineering firms, consultants, manufacturers and suppliers interested in public boating access.