Bois d’Arc Lake is NOT open for recreation

Obtaining a Shoreline Use Agreement

NTMWD staff are currently developing the processes required for obtaining a Shoreline Use and Lease Agreement. Once finalized, private property owners with land adjacent to the shoreline can request permission to build authorized structures including boat docks or use the shoreline through the developed process (see below).

General Steps to Obtain a Shoreline Lease and Use Agreement:

  1. Applicant contacts the NTMWD Lake Manager to schedule a pre-application meeting about the use or structure they would like approved by NTMWD.
  2. Applicant submits the request for using or building on the lake shoreline in writing to the NTMWD Lake Manager.
  3. NTMWD reviews available data to determine whether the proposed location is suitable for the activity or structure. Docks must meet spacing, density and construction requirements, including construction by an authorized builder.
  4. A NTMWD representative visits the site before approving the request.
  5. If the request is approved, the applicant must conduct a boundary survey marking, complete and submit an application for a Shoreline Lease and Use Agreement and pay the associated one-time or yearly fixed fee. Fees are listed by types of agreement in the full SMP.
  6. NTMWD sends the Shoreline Lease and Use Agreement with conditions to the applicant to sign.
  7. The NTMWD Lake Manager countersigns the agreement and issues two (usually five-year) shoreline use tags to the applicant for display on the dock or other structure.
  8. NTMWD conducts periodic inspections throughout the agreement term.

A Visual Overview:

Some Notes on Permitting:

  • Planned residential and commercial shoreline developments may be authorized by separate agreements.
  • Shoreline use agreements may require a fee. Some agreements will have an annual fee and approved activities and improvements will be inspected regularly to ensure compliance.
  • Building on or using NTMWD property along the shoreline without permission is prohibited.
  • Noncompliance with the terms of an approved shoreline use agreement will result in fines.