The shoreline of Beaver Lake is currently allocated into four major categories in accordance with 36 CFR 327.30, Shoreline Management of Civil Works Projects. These allocations extend from the water’s edge to the project boundary for land-based uses and from the shoreline water ward for floating facility considerations. The four categories are: (1) Limited Development Area. Private floating facilities, vegetative modification, footpath construction, ambulatory assistant vehicle permits, and limited motel/resort leases are permitted in this allocation. (2) Public Recreation Areas. No shoreline use permits will be issued. (3) Protected Shoreline Areas. Shoreline use permits will not be issued for floating facilities in these zones. Vegetation modification and footpath construction may be permitted in these areas but are at the discretion of the Operations Project Manager. (4) Prohibited Access Areas. No shoreline use permits will be issued.
Ownership of adjacent property does not convey any exclusive or preferential rights to the use of the lake or adjoining lands. An application must be submitted for a permit prior to constructing boot mooring facilities, altering the terrain, or modifying vegetation on public land. Shoreline use permits are issued for: (1) boat docks, (2) pedestrian foot paths, (3) vegetation modification, and (4) ambulatory assistance vehicular access. A fee will be charged for the Shoreline Use Permits to help defray expenses associated with the issuance, administration of the permits, and inspections.
Private floating facilities (Boat Docks) are permitted only in areas designated as Limited Development Areas (LDA). After December 31st, 2019, applicants for boat docks must have ready access to the shoreline as defined by the ownership of at least 75 continuous feet of adjoining property to the Government Property Line (GPL) within a Limited Development Area (LDA). An applicant’s property line can be no more than 200 feet from the dock site. The facility must serve as the homeport for boat(s) of the owners of the dock, and the owner of each boat moored in the dock must own interest in the dock. Renting slips in a boat dock is prohibited. Boat docks must have a minimum spacing of 100 feet between docks at the 1120 m.s.l. Each individual household family can have a maximum of two slips and will not be permitted ownership in more than one boat dock. Current valid state boat registrations will be required with the permit application to support boat ownership and the need for mooring space. Boat docks will be anchored perpendicular to the shoreline. (Please contact the Duty Ranger at the Beaver Project Office for further information and requirements)
Electric systems (as well as all electrical components on the dock) for boat docks must be approved, prior to construction, by the Corps of Engineers and must meet all local, state, and current National Electric Code. All new electricity services must be from a renewable alternate energy source (e.g. solar or wind) or removable generator.
Mowing or under brushing may be permitted for fire protection purposes only. A permit is required prior to any work on government property. The limits of mowing/under brushing will depend on the proximity of the habitable structure to the Government Property Line (GPL) and other private boundaries. The maximum allowed limits of mowing will be a radius of 100 feet from the foundation of a habitable structure to the public land. Shoreline modifications are subject to the following conditions: trimming, limbing or topping of trees is prohibited; only hand-operated tools and noncommercial riding lawn mowers may be used; trees larger than 2-inch diameter measured at ground level may not be removed.
A pedestrian path to the lake 4 feet or less in width may be permitted. The path must follow a meandering route to prevent erosion and avoid the need for removal of trees, vegetation or leaves. The permit does not convey the right to cut and fill land or construct any structure (steps, bridges, etc.) in connection with the path. No landscape lighting is permitted.
Dead trees or broken limbs which may cause damage to private property or obstruct a path may be cut after obtaining a permit. A ranger will inspect and approve any removal of hazardous trees or limbs.