HEBER SPRINGS, Ark. -- Army Corps of Engineers officials ask those living near the lake to avoid unauthorized work on public property. They also remind lake users and landowners adjacent to Greers Ferry Lake that tying up boats along the shoreline and operating vehicles off authorized roadways on public property is prohibited.
It is imperative that adjacent landowners learn where the government property line is and avoid unauthorized activities on government land. Only certain alterations can be authorized on public property, but must be approved in writing before work can begin. Violators are subject to a range of penalties under the law for unauthorized activities. It is up to adjacent landowners to seek out the boundary line and avoid unauthorized activity, just as they would avoid encroaching on any neighbor's land.
Boat owners are also reminded that vessels left on the lake must be moored at either a commercial marina or a private dock. Otherwise, they must be removed from the lake and stored on private property, not on public land and not left on the shoreline. Boats left unattended on the shoreline can break loose during storms and become floating hazards, while others can become stranded when lake levels fall.
The Corps will patrol the lake to identify boats not in compliance. Boats remaining on the lake in violation of these rules may be impounded with the owner subject to citation. The Corps will also remove unauthorized buoys anchored in the lake.
Regulations also prohibit operation of vehicles off authorized roadways on project land. This applies to all vehicles, including four-wheel-drive, off road and all terrain vehicles. Driving off road destroys public property and degrades the shoreline. If caught, violators could be required to appear before a U. S. Magistrate in Federal Court.
If you see someone operating a vehicle off authorized roadways on public property, please notify the Corps at 501-362-2416. Try to obtain a license number or vehicle description, but do not try to apprehend or confront the person. The government will prosecute these acts.
For more information concerning the use of government property, call the Greers Ferry Project Office at 501-362-2416 or stop by the office located near the dam on Highway 25, three miles north of Heber Springs between the hours of 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. Monday thru Friday.
Release no. 17-182