How far out can I put my dock?With the water levels low in my lake this year, are there any rules on how far out I can put my dock?
Editor's note: The following is the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) "Question of the Week."
Question: With the water levels low in my lake this year, are there any rules on how far out I can put my dock?
Answer: Docks should only be long enough for their intended purpose – typically to get to deep enough water for navigation, or about four feet of depth. The main rules to remember when extending docks are that a person cannot install a dock that obstructs navigation or creates a water safety hazard.
For more information about docks and access in public waters, go to: http://go.usa.gov/VD7.
--Tom Hovey, DNR public waters hydrologist