Can I use herbicide/clear vegetation from my lakeshore?

In general, you can clear 50 ft or 50% (whichever is smaller) of shoreline to open water areas without obtaining a permit. In addition, if you live on a private lake less than 160 acres, no permit is needed. For areas larger than that, you can obtain a permit from FWC (Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission) which allows for herbicide application done by a certified individual on lakeshores and in the water. There are some specific circumstances, such as conservation easements, where this rule may not apply. Always exercise moderation in clearing lakeshores as lakeshore vegetation plays a large role in lake ecosystem stability. For any specific questions please reach out to us at 863-291-5881

Show All Answers

1. Can I use herbicide/clear vegetation from my lakeshore?
2. Can I create a sandy “beach” on my lakeshore?
3. Where can I get plants for my lakeshore?
4. Are there alligators in my lake or pond? Are they dangerous?
5. What should I do if I see injured/deceased wildlife?
6. Do I need a license to fish in our lakes?
7. What is Florida-Friendly Landscaping?
8. Why/How can I conserve water on my property?
9. What do I do if I witness dumping into a lake, river, or drain?
10. Are there rules on tree planting, removal, and maintenance?