Private Recreation Facility Specifications
New Recreation Facilities


All new private piers, including replacement structures, must meet the following specifications. Construction of new launch ramps, boat houses, sun-decks, and other “on-pier” structures, other than conforming boat lifts and covers, is not permitted.


A. Individual Piers

  1. Lot Width — The adjoining property (applicant’s lot) must have a minimum shoreline lot width of 200 feet as measured by extending the adjoining property owner’s side lot lines to the normal full-pool elevation of the reservoir (655-foot contour2 on High Rock Reservoir and 541.1-foot contour on Narrows Reservoir). For subdivisions developed prior to May 1, 1987, an individual pier may be granted for a lot with a minimum shoreline width of 100 feet (as measured above).
  2. Water Depth — Piers must be constructed such that they have access to a minimum water depth of 8 feet within 75 feet of the shoreline as measured from the normal full-pool elevation of the reservoir (655-foot contour2 on High Rock Reservoir and 541.1-foot contour2 on Narrows Reservoir).
  3. Cove Width — Piers cannot be located in coves less than 100 feet in width at normal full-pool elevation, and piers may not extend more than 25% of the width of the cove at normal full-pool elevation.
  4. Piers with Floating Sections — Only piers ending in a floating section are permitted. The remainder of the pier must consist of stationary and ramp sections.
  5. Private Individual Pier Dimensions (see diagram on page 9) (click here for diagram)
    1. Total maximum pier length — 75 feet or 25% of the width of a cove at normal full-pool elevation or the length required to install a functional pier that reaches the minimum 8-foot water depth, whichever is less.
    2. Stationary Section
      1. Maximum width — 10 feet
      2. Minimum width — 5 feet
      3. Maximum length — 43 feet
      4. Maximum total area — 300 square feet
    3. Floating Section
      1. Maximum dimension — 32 feet by 22 feet with a boat slip; 16 feet by 20 feet without a boat slip
      2. Minimum total area — 144 square feet
    4. Ramp Section
      1. Minimum width — 4 feet
      2. Maximum width — 6 feet
      3. Maximum length — 16 feet if constructed of pressure treated lumber. Ramps of a different length or material made specifically for use on piers may be considered by Yadkin provided that the total maximum pier length doesn’t exceed the length permitted by Yadkin in the construction permit issued for the pier
  6. Pier Location — A pier will be located as near as possible to the middle of the applicant’s lot(s), and the pier should not encroach across the extended adjoining property owner’s side lot lines. In cases where there is aquatic vegetation (e.g., water willow) present along the shoreline adjacent to the applicant’s lot, piers must be located as far from the vegetation as possible without encroaching on the neighboring property. In cases where piers cannot be located away from aquatic vegetation, piers must meet the criteria described in Section IV, below.
  7. Pier Construction — Piers must be constructed of pressure-treated lumber and pilings, grade marked by the American Wood Preservers’ Bureau. Other materials made specifically for docks or piers may be used with written approval from Yadkin. Requests for other materials will be considered at the time of the site meeting with the Yadkin representative. The construction permit will constitute written approval from Yadkin. Other materials must meet the standards cited in these Specifications and must be installed according to manufacturer’s specifications. Only manufactured plastic-encased floatation devices will be permitted as floatation. All piers must meet all applicable County and State building codes.
  8. Handrails — Handrails are required on stationary and walkway ramp sections of pier and must meet all applicable County and State building codes.
  9. Reflectors — 2-inch minimum diameter blue colored reflectors must be placed at 10-foot intervals along all sides of the pier.
  10. Boat Lifts — Boat lifts and canvas boat lift covers suitable for installation are permitted for private pier structures that are in compliance with the above specifications for new piers.
    1. Boat lifts must be mounted and operate on the floating portion of a pier and cannot have supports resting on the reservoir bottom.
    2. Canvas boat lift covers can be no more than 10 feet in height above the deck and can be used to cover the boat only.


B. Shared Piers

  1. Two adjoining shoreline lots of 100 feet minimum shoreline width each (measurement as described in Section III.A.1, above) may share a pier. Shared piers must be located on or close to the adjoining property line.
  2. Specifications for shared piers are the same as for individual piers, except for specifications regarding lot width and boat slips and lifts.
  3. Boat slips and lifts are not permitted on shared piers, and allowable dimensions for shared piers are outlined in III.A.6, above, for individual piers without a boat slip. The floating section of a shared pier cannot exceed 16 feet by 20 feet (see diagram B, page 9).(click here for diagram).
  4. Shared pier applicants are individually and jointly responsible for compliance with these Specifications, the Stewardship Policy, and all other applicable Yadkin policies, procedures, and requirements. Failure of one applicant to comply therewith may render both lots ineligible for a shared pier and subject to other enforcement, as provided in Section VI, below.


C. Electrical Installation

  1. All electrical installations on piers must meet all applicable County and State codes governing electrical installations and the additional requirements set by Yadkin below.
  2. Installation. All work must be inspected and approved by the applicable County Inspections Department.
  3. Any wiring across the Yadkin-Managed Buffer or other Yadkin-Managed Lands must be underground, in conduit, and should follow the access pathway. Ground fault interrupters cannot be located on the Yadkin-Managed Buffer or on other Yadkin-Managed Lands.
  4. Service Pole
    1. Service poles cannot be set below the normal full-pool elevation of the reservoir (655-foot contour2 on High Rock Reservoir and 541.1-foot contour2 on Narrows Reservoir).
    2. Minimum size service pole must be 6-inch square or 6-inch diameter, 12 feet high, and anchored at least 3 feet in the ground.
    3. Preservative-treated wooden posts must be grade-marked by the American Wood Preservers’ Bureau.
  5. Shoreline Breaker Box Height — Must be no less than 5 feet above the 655-foot contour2 on High Rock Reservoir or the 541.1-foot contour2 on Narrows Reservoir.
  6. Receptacle Height
    1. On Pier — minimum 3 feet above the deck on floating section, 5 feet on stationary section
    2. On Service Post — minimum 5 feet above the 655-foot contour2 on High Rock Reservoir or the 541.1-foot contour2 on Narrows Reservoir
  7. Lighting
    1. Light poles must be preservative-treated posts, grade-marked by the American Wood Preservers’ Bureau.
    2. Lights on poles must be at least 12 feet above the ground. Lights on poles mounted on piers must be at least 8 feet above the deck.
    3. Fixtures and lights shall not be mounted to extend beyond the outer perimeter of the pier.
    4. All lighting must be aimed downward.