U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
Fort Worth District
819 Taylor Street
P.O. Box 17300
Fort Worth, TX 76102
Guidelines for Property Adjacent to Public Land
The responsibility of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is to manage the resources and to protect the environmental features of Waco Lake to afford maximum use and enjoyment of the lake lands and waters for all segments of the public. Conservation of natural resources is given primary consideration in all management decisions.
While private exclusive use of public land is always denied, we do understand that property owners adjacent to public lands have the same rights and priveleges as any other citizen. Therefore, the information contained in these guidelines is designed to acquaint the adjoining landowner, and other interested persons, with the type of property involved in the management of Waco Lake.
Land which is owned in fee by the government consists of both the land where Waco Lake is located and the surrounding property. The limits of this land are defined by the U.S. boundary line, the corners of which are marked by concrete monuments. The boundary markers, or monuments, are topped with a brass cap which is usually about four inches above ground level.
Perpetual flowage easement estates, such as those the government holds over property owned by others in the Waco Lake area, grant to the government full, complete, and perpetual right, power, privelege and easement to occasionally overflow, flood, and submerge lands in connection with the operation and maintenance of the lake. Flowage easement lands around Waco Lake are defined as those lands below the elevation contour of 503 feet above mean sea level.
A reference to flowage easement land may be found in the deed to such property, or cited for reference in the appropriate county deed records. In some instances, the reference to a flowage easement restriction is omitted during the preparation of new deeds with changes in property ownership. This omission does not diminish the legality or validity of flowage easement restrictions over the property involved.
With approval, almost any type of structure, other than a building or structure designed or intended to be used for human habitation, can be constructed on the flowage easement land.
All requests involving public or flowage easement lands must include the following:
We are engaged in preserving and restoring natural scenic beauty at Waco Lake, and we appreciate your participation on both public and flowage easement lands. Your assistance in erosion control, pollution abatement, landscaping, and related activities on adjacent land will help to keep private land in harmony with the lake area.
Please address all permit applications or other correspondence to: Reservoir Manager, Waco Lake Office, 3801 Zoo Park Drive, Waco TX. 76708.
This site last updated on
April 27, 2010