Stop the Erosion and Start Enjoying Your Shoreline!

If you’re looking for long-term protection against shoreline erosion, nothing beats riprap – specifically 6- to 24-inch-diameter fieldstone riprap.

When combined with the right thickness of filter-fabric and professional installation, a fieldstone riprap shoreline defies erosion and Father Time better than anything else can. It will probably outlast you.


DNR Guidelines 

The Michigan Department of Natural Resources (DNR) has set forth a series of guidelines that they believe should be followed when constructing a proper “DNR-approved” riprap shoreline.

What are the DNR criteria?

  • Riprap should not cover existing vegetation, such as cattails or bull rushes.
  • Riprap should be made of natural rock, 6 to 30 inches in diameter.
  • Crushed rock, gravel or filter fabric should be placed underneath the riprap.
  • Riprap is not more than 6-feet waterward of the Ordinary High-Water Level.
  • Riprap conforms to the natural shape of the shoreline and does not obstruct navigation or water flow.
  • Minimum finished slope of riprap is no steeper than 3:1 (horizontal to vertical) whenever possible.
  • Area adjacent to the shoreline is not a posted fish-spawning area, or designated trout stream.

Start here for permits 

If you have not yet created a MiWaters account, you will need to do so, before starting the application process.  This information is meant to help you get started and provide additional information to help you understand the new process.

1.    In order to access MiWaters, you must first have an account. To create an account, go to and select “create an account”.  Complete the “Create an Account” process and sign-in to MiWaters.

2.    To submit a new application,  read through the “Getting Started” message on the main MiWaters Page after signing in.

3.    To submit the application, please select the blue text “browsing the available application, service request and report forms”.

4.   If you are starting on the form for the first time, select the “start new form” box, if you already started the application use the “drafts and submitted apps/requests” box.

5.   From the Start new forms list, for Wetland, Lakes and Streams, Critical Dunes, and High Risk Erosion permitting choose: Application – EGLE Digital Joint Permit Application (DJPA), complete and submit the form.

6.    You will also upload the project plans as well as other relevant documentation as part of your project application.

7.    Payment can be made on line or follow the directions for submitting the application fee by mail. Be sure to print the voucher and mail the payment to the address in Lansing listed on the voucher.

Additional Links:

The official MiWaters launch website. Several links and helpful information can be found at this website.,4561,7-135-3313_72753—,00.html

The MiWaters tutorials. The videos on this website can help you through the process in step by step fashion.,4561,7-135-3313_72753-360888–,00.html

The direct link to the recording of the Public DJPA webinar. The Webinar is 1 ½ hours long, and it walks through a couple of application types as well as the Correction Request process.