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What About Maine Docks, Lake Wharfs?

What About Maine Docks, Lake Wharfs?

You are toying with buying some Maine waterfront property, a listing on say a lake and what about the dock, wharf?

 You want to have a structure to lash your motorboat, party pontoon barge, seadoo jet ski, canoe, kayak to.

But worry about the shoreland zoning regulations in Maine.

The rules with a Maine lake wharf is it has to be temporary. Well with Maine winters, ice on that lake and the damage that would happen if you did not remove the wharf or dock from the water makes it obvious what you need to do.

Get it out of the water, the Maine lake before Jack Frost and Old Man Maine Winter do their handiwork on the dock, wharf.

Same applies to the Maine lake float the kids swim out to.

Pull it in for the winter months.

Also, putting reflectors on the long docks, wharfs that are needed when the water is pretty shallow. And you need more lengths of docks, wharfs to get out where the Maine lake is deep enough to bring the boat in. The solar lights that recharge themselves are a safety option too.

 The tricky docks, floats or wharf winter storage is harder when there is a steep back down to the water’s edge. Not easy to land those waterfront structures on the shoreline, away from the lake without getting a hernia. Or a skycrane Sikorsky helicopter.

So when someone asks what are the rules about a Maine lake wharf, dock, float, let them know they are okay as long as temporary.

So that they are not permanent structures and can be hauled in on shore for the Maine winter months.

So snowsledders don’t strike them, boats don’t hit them depending on the season, visibility. And if the hillside to the Maine lakeshore is too steep, consider putting inner tubes under the structure and inflating to float them to another location. Make friends with your neighboring waterfront property owner and land them on their more level ground. The docks, wharfs, floats you use have to be safe, not a hazard to others around the Maine lake, enjoying the same waterbody.

The state of Maine has shoreland zoning regulations. But the individual towns and cities in Maine can adopt stricter local waterfront standards so check with the zip code you are planning on buying Maine waterfront property in.

Maine, if you are moving, relocating, retiring here, you better learn how to wave.

I’m Maine REALTOR Andrew Mooers, ME Broker 

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Andrew Mooers

Welcome to our Maine real estate website. I am the father of four grown children, have listed, marketed, sold properties for over forty years. Lots of changes in the real estate industry over that many decades and daily we re-invent our job. I grew up on a Maine farm that I bought from by three older brothers. My youngest son continues in the tradition on that same Maine farm. Here to help with property searches for homes, farms, land, waterfront, multi housing rentals, small mom and pop business listings.

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