HEBER SPRINGS, Ark. -- The Army Corps of Engineers reminds all persons residing adjacent to the Greers Ferry Lake shoreline to know where the government property line is and avoid "spring cleaning" on public property.
It is up to adjacent landowners to seek out the boundary line and avoid unauthorized activity, just as they would to avoid encroaching on any neighbor's land. Officials advise all adjacent landowners to contact the Corps before starting work. Only certain alterations can be authorized, and violators are subject to a range of penalties under the law for unauthorized activities.
Greers Ferry park rangers are assigned areas of the shoreline to patrol for unauthorized activities. Once unauthorized activities are discovered, the adjacent landowners are contacted and advised of how to resolve their violation. In some cases, citations are issued which could require appearance before a federal magistrate.
The government property line is marked around the lake with white, metal fence posts set near round, brass survey markers placed at ground level. It runs straight between consecutive survey markers and its presence is indicated by white lines painted on trees. The trees, not usually on the line, just indicate that the line passes near.
In many instances the boundary line falls in the water at normal lake elevation. This gives the false perception that some adjacent landowners receive preferential treatment. In reality, they own to the water's edge.
No work can be performed on the government property without prior written approval from the Corps. Anyone having questions about uses of public property around the lake should contact a ranger at the project office.
The Corps would also like to remind adjacent landowners that storing personal property (i.e. boats, trailers, or lawn furniture, etc.) without prior written permission on public property is prohibited. Anyone with any type of personal property on public land or water should take the necessary steps to remove those items from public property.
Persons having questions about use of government property should call the Greers Ferry Project Office at 501-362-2416 or stop by the office located near the dam on Hwy 25, three miles north of Heber Springs.