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Shoreline Management Plan

As lake lovers, we recognize the utmost importance of being good stewards of our shared resource, High Rock Lake. Many stakeholders have a vested interest in its recreational use, construction/stabilization, and the overall growth of our lake-side community, as well as in its wildlife conservation and water levels and quality. Of course, for Cube Yadkin Generation LLC (Cube Yadkin), the lake levels are their power generation resource, which was why the lake was originally created and maintained.

The Shoreline Management Plan (SMP) is essentially the administrative rule book for pier permits, retaining wall construction, buffer zone setbacks, docks, lighting, lake levels, and more. Cube Yadkin governs it under its project license, which requires it to supervise and control the permitted use and occupancy of the Project lands and water. Ultimately, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) regulates all of this.

The High Rock Lake Association (HRLA) fully understands how important this document, its tenets, and enforcement are to our members. So much so, in fact, that we have invested thousands of man-hours over the years in pursuing its beneficial modification or defense against challenges for our members, most notably during the FERC relicensing process that was finalized in 2016.

Because this topic is always top of mind for our members, as it rightly should be, we are dedicating this news thread exclusively to all things “Shoreline Management Plan” related. This will include pending updates on the outcome of our most recent negotiations, which began last winter, to resolve disparities in the interpretation and enforcement of the SMP rules on High Rock and Badin Lakes, as well as adding additional clarifications that will benefit our members.

Stay tuned!


While we are pleased to have an ongoing dialogue with Cube Hydro and its parent company, Eagle Creek Renewable Energy (the licensed hydropower plant owner/operators), we are not affiliated with them. Therefore, we cannot assist you directly in dealing with any individual permitting or dispute resolution process.

All official permitting and Shoreline Management Plan questions or issues must be handled directly with the appropriate Cube Hydro representatives, which can be found on their website:


  • 29 Apr 2024 10:52 AM | Harris (Administrator)

    Stay tuned!

  • 10 Oct 2023 8:31 PM | Caron-Mercier (Administrator)

    Meeting scheduled with Cube Hydro to review possible changes to Shoreline Management Plan to get clarification on Pier designs.  Many previously approved pier permits have now been reversed or rescinded due to Cube Management’s new interpretation.  The SMP is not being interpreted and applied in the same manner for HRL requestors as Badin Lake.  The SMP is the same for both communities and should allow for same pier designs at both High Rock and Badin.

    Our HRL Government Affairs Committee will get FERC involved (items of concern: regulatory approvals, pier lights, guidance documents on their website and boat lifts).

    The public recreation area in Rowan County must be completed by 2026 and will include boat ramps and handicapped dock. Location deeded for Leonard Road, but not ideal for several reasons including lake level, lack of paved road, etc.

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