Army Corps of Engineers officials ask those living near Greers Ferry Lake to avoid unauthorized work on public property. They also remind lake users and landowners adjacent to the 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 know where the property line is and avoid unauthorized activities on public land. Only certain activities can be authorized, but must be approved in writing before work can begin. Violators are subject to a range of penalties under the law. 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 operating vehicles off authorized roadways on public 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 Corps will prosecute these acts.
For more information about the use of government property, call the Greers Ferry Project Office at 501-362-2416 or stop by the office between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. weekdays near the dam on Highway 25, three miles north of Heber Springs.
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Release no. 14-076