Are you battling Lake Erie Erosion in Cleveland? A failing shoreline can make you feel unsafe, even in your own home. At Mark Haynes Construction, we understand the urgency you might feel if your backyard is vulnerable. Our team of experienced professionals is ready to step in to help protect your section of shoreline.

After decades of experience stabilizing the fragile northern coast against damaging erosion, we have found that constructing durable armor stone revetments is the best way to reduce and eliminate coastal erosion. This method of shoreline protection was developed by the army-corps of engineers and can provide a long-term solution to protect your lakefront property.

All work was done with great skill and precision. The workers were dependable, timely, competent and friendly. Contractor Haynes did all as promised and at the promised price. The work space was left clean and in good order. Very impressive!

Google Review, Coastal Erosion Client

“Crews were here at 7:00 every morning and stayed till 7:00 on some nights to finish…they were extremely professional and answered any question we might have…we are extremely pleased with the outcome and would highly recommend.


Google Review, Coastal Erosion Client

Mark Haynes did a fabulous job on our revetment! We are extremely pleased with their work. We would highly recommend them.




Google Review, Coastal Erosion Client

Re·vet·ment rəˈvetmənt /

1. A sloping structure placed on banks or cliffs in such a way as to absorb the energy of incoming water.

2. A retaining wall or other material, supporting or protecting a cliff edge, shoreline, wall, etc.

Our Erosion Projects Near Cleveland

We’ve completed several shoreline erosion control projects in the Cleveland area, including Sims Park in Euclid and multiple residences in Sheffield Lake.

If your property is at-risk due to a failing sheet-pile wall, exposed soil, or inadequate shoreline protection, our team of experienced professionals can help.

We broke ground on Sims Lakefront Park in Euclid in 2018. Our main focus was on shoreline restoration, and building recreation trails along the lakefront. 

As with all shoreline control work, property values in this area are expected to increase and many are seeing this project as part of a larger vision to completely revamp the lakefront region.

We’ve worked on multiple shoreline erosion projects in Sheffield, including the revetment at Sheffield Lake Boat Launch which has been maintenance-free since 2008.

More recently, we worked with a group of property owners on Lake Road battling erosion after their sheet pile wall failed.

Our crews added an armor rock revetment in front of the sheet pile wall to disperse wave energy and prolong the life of the existing shoreline.

shoreline Protection



We construct durable, long-lasting revetments designed by the Army Corps of Engineers.

Site Assessments

We’ll visit your property, assess the damage, and provide a quote for a $500 service fee.



Our team can regrade your beach front property according to your exact specifications.


If your project requires engineering or permitting, we offer referrals in your area.


Need breakwall repairs or installation? We provide full-service construction and maintenance.

Lawn & Utilities Protection

We use specialized mats to protect your lawn and underground utilities from our heavy machinery.

about erosion control

Which Shoreline Erosion Control Method is Best?

After decades of completing wide-ranging Shoreline Erosion Control projects, we have found that Armor Rock Revetments are the single most effective way to eliminate erosion along the lakefront

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the Ohio Department of Natural Resources use and recommend this method of erosion control exclusively.

In addition to revetments, we also offer services to install breakwalls and off-shore breakwaters to enhance shorelines and provide additional protection.

What Makes a Revetment Effective?

A revetment consists of Army Corps-Approved Limestone, Fabric, Armor Rock, and Concrete Materials. 

Revetments dissipate wave energy as the waves crash against the Lake Erie Shoreline. If the shoreline isn’t protected, or is inadequately protected, the force of incoming waves erodes fragile soil. 

This goes for shelf-ice as well. In winter, waves push frozen blocks of ice called shelf-ice against the coast, exacerbating the rate of erosion.

How Do You Install a Revetment?

To install a revetment, we start by laying down specialized fabric to protect the soil at the shoreline.

You can think of the fabric we lay down as a kind of seal that protects the soil underneath while also holding the rock and concrete in place. The fabric keeps everything in place and prevents materials from migrating. 

We then cover the fabric with an aggregate of concrete and 3-6-ton army corps-approved limestone rocks, called toe rock. 

Revetments absorb the energy of the waves, dissipating their destructive power and protecting your beach for years to come. They can withstand huge waves and ice pushes.

What Can I Expect for my Erosion Repair Project?

If you decide to go with Mark Haynes Construction for your shoreline erosion control project, here’s the order we like to do things:

  1. Secure Permitting 
  2. Take Measurements & Provide Quote
  3. Find an Access Point
  4. Build a Staging Area
  5. Install your Armor Rock Revetment
  6. Repair your Erosion Damage
  7. Re-slope your Grade
  8. Option to Have Grass Reseeded, if needed
  9. Clean Up and Leave

Our top priority is installing your armor rock revetment as quickly as possible to protect your property. After we stabilize your shoreline, we’ll work with you to regrade the slope of your property according to your preferences.

How Long Does Revetment Construction Take?

We would love to give an exact time-frame for your erosion repair project, but unfortunately everything from weather conditions to ease-of-access, and the severity of your erosion will determine how long it takes us to complete your project. 

A typical single lot revetment can be completed in 1-2 weeks from the start of construction to completion, but your project could vary significantly depending on your unique conditions. We can provide a more accurate timeframe at your site assessment.

Will Installing a Revetment Damage my Yard?

We can’t speak for all companies on this point, but at Mark Haynes Construction we use specially-designed mats to protect your lawn and underground utilities.

We drive our specialized earth moving equipment on these mats to guarantee minimal damage to your property.

Do I Need Engineering or a Permit?

ODNR has a simple permitting process that we can partner with you to apply for. If your project requires engineering or additional permitting, we offer referrals in your area.

How Much Does a Revetment Cost?

No two revetments are the same, making it impossible to give an accurate price. Here are the factors most likely to affect your final cost:

  • Amount of Materials – How much square footage of shoreline needs attention?
  • Existing Conditions – How severe is your erosion?
  • Access – Is your shoreline difficult to access? Will we need to access from a neighboring property?

When possible, we recommend maximizing your savings by partnering with adjoining landowners for your erosion control project.

Why a Revetment and Not a Breakwall?

We offer both revetment and breakwall construction. However, many people choose to hire us for revetment construction because of the time it takes to get a permit. 

A breakwall permit can take up to 2-3 years and is issued by The Army Corps of Engineers. Two to three years can make all the difference in erosion damage, causing you to lose as much as several feet from your property line depending on the area you live.

Revetment permits are available through the Ohio Department of Natural Resources and can be obtained in 1-2 weeks. For our customers who are concerned about property damage and rapid erosion, this time frame is much more suitable.

If you are interested in breakwall construction but are concerned about the time it takes to get a permit, you might consider having a revetment installed as a short-term erosion control plan while your breakwall permit is processed.

Is Lake Erie Erosion Getting Worse?

In recent years, Lake Erie water levels have risen to record levels, rising as much as 30” above normal in 2019. 

High water levels, coupled with severe weather, ice movement, strong winds and more have accelerated erosion damage along the fragile Lake Erie shoreline.  

In some areas along Ohio’s northern coast, property owners have lost up to 100 ft of shoreline property. 

If you’re concerned about losing acreage, property damage, or even your house falling into the lake, we can help.

Shoreline erosion is preventable with a properly installed revetment. And the best part? Revetments are very low-maintenance or maintenance free. The revetment we installed in Sheffield Lake has been maintenance free since 2008.

our Work

Check out examples of our recent projects below. We’ve worked in a variety of weather conditions and circumstances to complete projects quickly and on-budget.

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