Shoreline Management Plan

Bois d’Arc Lake will be a crown jewel of Texas water supply reservoirs providing a vital water supply to nearly 80 growing communities across North Texas. Recreational and economic opportunities are two other additional benefits this new water source will provide the region.

What is the Shoreline Management Plan?

The Shoreline Management Plan (SMP) will balance drinking water supply needs with safe recreational uses and sustainability. It will draw on Fannin County’s Comprehensive Plan and zoning around the lake to guide shoreline development adjacent to individual private lots. Planned residential and commercial shoreline developments may be authorized by separate agreements.

NTMWD staff gave a presentation on the draft SMP to the Board of Directors at a July 2020 meeting. The Board of Directors is reviewing the plan and will consider approval at a future meeting. The plan will not be official until the Board approves it. Once the Board approves the Shoreline Management Plan, staff will develop the processes and systems needed to implement it.

Staff also gave a presentation of the draft SMP to the Fannin County Commissioners during an August 2020 work session meeting of the county. See the presentation below.

Planning for Lake and Shoreline Use

The Bois d’Arc Lake Shoreline Management Plan will guide use of the shoreline up to the 100-year flood level (541 ft. elevation). Bois d’Arc Lake’s shore will be carefully analyzed and placed into shoreline classifications based on a variety of factors, including each section’s:

  • Soil type and slope;
  • Water depth, wind and wave action;
  • Access to open water
  • Adjacent future land use identified by Fannin County;
  • Proximity to the dam and operational facilities;
  • Environmentally sensitive areas; and,
  • Wildlife habitat areas

Activities allowed in each zone will be determined based on these characteristics as well as the county’s comprehensive plan. Activities that may be authorized include boat docks, fishing piers and placement of recreational facilities on the adjacent shoreline, such as picnic tables, patios, BBQ pits and more.

These shoreline classifications do not guarantee an activity will be approved, and on-site conditions must be verified through a site visit as part of the shoreline use approval process. Shorelines may be reclassified based on the characteristics found during these site visits.

NTMWD will manage uses allowed on the lake and immediately surrounding land through shoreline use agreements with property owners. In general, the Shoreline Management Plan will:

  • Offer a shared vision for the lake and its proper use;
  • Create shoreline classifications to help NTMWD properly consider and balance different factors affecting the lake and shoreline;
  • Provide direction for local property owners on approved uses of the lake and its shoreline, including how to request a permit for boat docks; and,
  • Promote appropriate and safe recreational uses of the lake.

By working together, the District, Fannin County, local residents and visitors can help ensure the lake provides a high-quality drinking water supply for North Texas while developing it as a safe and enjoyable recreational amenity for the entire region.

History of Partnering with Fannin County

The District’s Shoreline Management Plan is the next step in a long cooperative process between NTMWD and Fannin County.

  • In 2011, with the support of NTMWD and Fannin County, the state amended the Texas Local Government Code to grant Fannin County the authority to zone the area within 5,000 feet of the future lake’s shoreline.
  • In October of 2016, the Fannin County Commissioners Court approved the County’s Comprehensive Plan for Lower Bois d’Arc Creek Reservoir, now known as Bois d’Arc Lake. This comprehensive plan, which included a robust public process, established a vision for how the land around Bois d’Arc Lake’s shoreline should develop.
  • In October of 2018, Fannin County officials approved the lake’s zoning regulations.

Steps to Creating & Implementing the Shoreline Management Plan: