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Shoreland maintenance

Tips for purchasing and building on shoreland property

Whether you plan to build the home of your dreams or simply a weekend getaway, you’ll have lots of decisions ahead of you.

Before you buy

Check out the local zoning ordinances at City Hall or the County Planning and Zoning Office.

Getting started


Evaluate your land

Many potential problems that impact lake and shoreline can be avoided by taking time to carefully look around your property, see what’s there, and think about how your home or cabin will fit into the lake environment.

Other tips

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Shoreland best management practices

Best Management Practices (BMPs) are actions you can take to reduce your impact on the environment. The topics below address BMPs you can adopt on your shoreland property to help protect and preserve water quality and to minimize impact on Minnesota's valuable water resources.

In many cases, the best management for shorelands may be retaining the natural characteristics of your property. As more research is carried out along shorelines to measure the impact of land use activities on water quality, guidelines may be refined or revised.

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Better living on our lakes and rivers

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