Let's talk docks: what's number one?

So, you're building a new dock. But which kind is best? What's going to require the least amount of maintenance, protect the shoreline, get quick approval and still allow you to live that decadent #docklife you deserve this summer?

Answer: the floating dock

Why is the floating dock number one? For one thing, there's no such thing as ice damage to floating docks, since they're removed from the water for the winter. 

For another, they're much kinder to the gorgeous, natural shoreline that likely attracted you to your property in the first place. Floating docks don't touch the bed of the lake or river, and they don't disrupt natural currents, fish or plant communities. 

They also require less maintenance and usually live a longer life than other styles. And because of their gentler footprint, they tend to get faster approval from the RVCA, Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry (OMNRF) and/or Parks Canada (depending where you're located). 

Of course, a floating dock isn't the best choice for every property, especially if you get a lot of boat wake or you're on a choppy part of the lake. In those cases, post-supported or cantilever docks can also be very shoreline-friendly, and come a close second to their floating cousins. But all other dock types run a distant third in terms of environmental impact; rock and cement crib docks in particular are dinosaurs of the dock world, and are being phased out.  

But why do we care so much about one little dock on a remote Rideau Valley lake? Partly because it's not about just one dock – it's the culmination of every dock and structure built all along the waterway that together can have a massive impact on erosion, natural currents and fish and wildlife health.

It's also because that shoreline region is considered the "ribbon of life" – the most productive and important of all the ecosystems inside the water environment. It's often critical fish habitat, too. If that nearshore area is permanently disturbed, some unique habitats and the species that rely on them could be in danger of disappearing from your lake. And if they disappear from your lake, they could disappear from others, too – and on and on until we've got a real problem on our hands.

Bottom line? Good dock planning is a good use of resources: it saves time, money and the environment.

Here's some top "Dock Dogma" to keep in mind when you're designing this summer:

1. Docks should intrude as little as possible into the delicate "ribbon of life" along the shoreline;

2. Docks should not cover or block the bed of the lake or river;

3. Docks should occupy less than 10 per cent of the lot's shoreline frontage;

4. Dock designs should be checked early with RVCA staff for easy approval.



Visit https://www.rvca.ca/regulations-planning/rvca-permits-section-28/make-an-application for more permit and planning information, or call our helpful staff at 613-692-3571.

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Guest - Economy Dock Seawall (website) on Tuesday, 07 June 2022 23:30

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Guest - Tomas Rainey (website) on Thursday, 16 February 2023 16:12

Great write up. As professional dock builders down here in the Miami area, we follow similar rules. We always protect the seabed and any nearby creatures.

Great write up. As professional dock builders down here in the Miami area, we follow similar rules. We always protect the seabed and any nearby creatures.
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