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Shoreline Management Plan

Shoreline Management

Shoreline management planning is essential to protect and enhance the scenic, recreational, cultural and environmental values of all lakes. A Shoreline Management Plan (SMP) is a tool to guide responsible pier and marina construction, shoreline stabilization, excavation and other construction activities within the lake boundary. Duke Energy’s SMP classifies the shoreline and denotes where environmentally important habitats exist, where existing facilities and uses occur and where future construction activities may be considered. An SMP provides continued public and private access while protecting the lake’s natural resources. The Shoreline Management Guidelines (SMG) are another tool used in combination with shoreline management plan maps to guide responsible lake use activities within the lake boundary.

The SMG provide specific criteria for conducting many construction, stabilization and excavation activities within the lake boundary. These activities include, but are not limited to private piers, multi-slip marinas, conveyances, dredging, shoreline stabilization, etc.

Duke Energy's Lake Services Office staff uses a three-step review process (pdf, 15.4 KB) for all lake use permit activity requests. Prior to conducting any work within the lake boundary of a Duke Energy-owned lake please contact the Lake Services Office at 1-800-443-5193.