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Waterway protection Lake shore erosion

Natural shoreline features provide erosion control in various ways. Every shoreline is exposed to different natural events and human activities that can cause erosion.

Lake Erosion Control

Lake shore erosion

Exemptions and Permits

  • Exemptions for this and other activities - choose riprap repair or replacement.
  • Water Permits - choose the "Waterway and wetland" tab and then find activity "Lake shore erosion control."

A small amount of soil erosion may not be a cause for any concern, but intervention may be needed on some shorelines. A permit may be required. Please see causes of erosion for more information on lake shore erosion.

Please visit our lake shore erosion decision matrix to learn what you can do to control erosion in your shoreline area.


Applicable statutes and codes include Section 30.12, Wis. Stats. [PDF exit DNR] and Chapter NR 328-Subchapter I, Wis. Adm. Code [PDF exit DNR].

Local permits and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers regulations may also apply. We advise you to contact your local zoning office and your regional U.S. Army Corps of Engineers office [exit DNR].

Last revised: Thursday November 14 2013