Swim Buoys and Water Toys

By September 10, 2012 News No Comments

Over the years we have seen an increase of swim buoys, floating trampolines and other inflatable platforms.  Please make sure you are following the rules when placing these structures on the lake.  We will be conducting our fall inspections to make sure all Temporary lake structures are in compliance with our guidelines. Below are the Guidelines for helping you manage your Temporary Lake Structures.

Is your swim buoy still out in the lake?

We have noticed that some shoreline residents are leaving swim buoys in the lake when no swimming activity is currently taking place. As a reminder, we are posting our policy regarding temporary swim buoys on Lake Oconee and Lake Sinclair.

Temporary swim buoys, floats, swimming ropes, etc. must meet the following guidelines:

  • A swim buoy may not be left unattended
  • These buoys are intended for use while swimmers are in the water
  • After the swimming activity has ended, the buoy should be removed or located immediately adjacent to the shoreline
  • The swim buoy must be located within fifty feet of the shoreline and may not interfere with the normal, legal flow of boat traffic
  • Swim buoys are not allowed to have the appearance of a State enforced regulatory marker
  • Unattended swim buoys are subject to removal by either a Georgia Power representative or the DNR

Temporary Lake Structure Guideline

  • All recreation structures, inflatable or otherwise, which do not meet the criteria for permanent shoreline structures shall remain temporary and seasonal.  This category includes, but is not limited to, inflatable trampolines, inflatable platforms, swim ropes, slides and buoys.
  • The placement of numerous temporary structures that harms the aesthetic value of the shoreline or creates a nuisance or hazard situation, as determined by Georgia Power, will require the removal of all temporary structures.
  • After use, the structure must be secured at the shoreline or removed from the lake.
  • A temporary lake structure may not extend more than 50′ from the shoreline and may not be placed in a location that impedes navigation or creates a safety hazard.
  • Temporary structures must meet the following requirements: 1) Tied or secured in a safe manner 2) Identified with the name, address, and phone number of owner.
  • Temporary structures that do not meet the requirements outlined above are subject to removal by either a Georgia Power representative or the DNR

Thank you in advance for your cooperation.