Buoy Guidlines

Mooring Buoy
Obtain a buoy permit from Lakebed Management. There is a permit fee of $40.00 and an annual lease fee.
Buoys:
  • Use U. S. Coast Guard approved buoys such as Rolyan or Caljune.
  • Label the buoy with your name and phone number so it can be returned should the buoy become detached
  • An encroachment lease with an annual lease will be required.
Placement:
  • Lakefront property owners may place one mooring buoy per parcel.
  • Your buoy anchor should weigh at least 90 pounds.
  • Use at least 3/16 inch proof coil or galvanized chain for the anchor chain.
  • Loop the anchor chain through the anchor eye twice, then attach the end link to one of the chain links with a chain-connecting link.
  • Lower the anchor to the bottom with anchor chain.
  • After the anchor reaches the bottom, allow enough additional anchor chain for high lake level of at least + 12 feet, Rumsey (I.E. if the lake is at Zero Rumsey, allow an additional 12 feet; if the lake is at + 4 feet Rumsey, allow an additional 8 feet, etc.). This will allow the lake to rise without sinking the buoy or pulling the anchor. Attach the anchor chain to the buoy mooring eye with the same method as given above for attaching the anchor eye.
Regulatory Buoy
Obtain a buoy permit from Lakebed Management. There is a one-time permit fee of $40.00.
Buoys:
  • Use U. S. Coast Guard approved buoys such as Rolyan or Caljune. Wording: “ SLOW 5 MPH”
  • Label the buoy with your name and phone number so it can be returned should the buoy become detached.
Placement:
  • Lakefront property owners may place 5-mph buoys (1 buoy per parcel).
  • Place the buoy no farther than 200 feet from the most lakeward point of your pier or other structure. Your buoy anchor should weigh approximately 90 pounds.
  • Use 3/16 inch proof coil or galvanized chain for the anchor chain.
  • Loop the anchor chain through the anchor eye twice, then attach the end link to one of the chain links with a chain-connecting link.
  • Lower the anchor to the bottom with anchor chain.
  • After the anchor reaches the bottom, allow enough additional anchor chain for high lake level of at least + 12 feet, Rumsey (I.E. if the lake is at Zero Rumsey, allow an additional 12 feet; if the lake is at + 4 feet Rumsey, allow an additional 8 feet, etc.). This will allow the lake to rise without sinking the buoy or pulling the anchor.
  • Attach the anchor chain to the buoy mooring eye with the same method as given above for attaching the anchor eye.