Madison Coastal Erosion

Madison erosion Control contractor

Are you battling Lake Erie Erosion in Madison, OH? Whether you live near Madison-on-the-Lake, Madison Township Park, or Erie Shores Golf Course, our team of experienced professionals is here to help protect your lakefront property.

At Mark Haynes Construction, we understand that a failing shoreline can make you feel unsafe – even in your own home. That’s why we construct durable, ODNR-approved armor stone revetments.

Our team of experience professionals have helped to control coastal erosion in Ohio for decades and we have found that armor stone revetments are one of the best ways to reduce and eliminate coastal erosion. We have experience constructing piers, breakwalls, off-shore breakwalls, and revetments.

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!


Shoreline Erosion Client

They finished the job in just under three weeks, which not one other company could guarantee. His 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. All in all we are extremely pleased with the out come and would highly recommend Mark Haynes Construction.


Shoreline Erosion Client

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


Shoreline Erosion Client

Our Erosion Projects Near Madison

We’ve completed several shoreline erosion control projects near Madison, including a 3 month project to restore Madison Townline Park.

We also constructed a revetment along OH-531 in Ashtabula that received ODOT’s Outstanding Highway Project Award in 2015.


To protect and revitalize Madison’s local beachfront park, we constructed an Armor stone revetment utilizing 16,000 Tons of 3-5 Ton Armor stone.

We cleared the bluff in the park, excavated for rock toe, and proceeded to lay concrete rubble core and geotextile separation fabric.

As part of this project, we also worked with the Army Corps of Engineers to add sand prefill back into the lake and we nestled precast concrete steps into the revetment for enhanced guest experience.


After severe conditions eroded a 1.5 mile stretch of the Lake Erie shoreline, we got to work placing 50,000 tons of revetment stone, widening the roadway and installing 5000′ of storm sewer.

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. $500 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 Method of Controlling Shoreline Erosion is Best?

There are many excellent options available to control erosion at your lakefront property – from a revetment to a breakwall, and even off-shore breakwalls. We have experience constructing all of these methods of shoreline protection.

However, after decades of shoreline work on the Lake Erie coast, we have found revetments to be the best solution for many of our clients. This is because revetments are known for:

1. Cost-Effectiveness
2. Quick Construction Time
3. Long-term Durability

Many of our clients want their shoreline project completed quickly and they’re looking for the best price for a quality solution. What they don’t want is a solution that comes with constant, costly maintenance. For these reasons, Armor Rock Revetments the best option for many of our clients.

Revetments are made of durable, Army Corps-Approved Limestone, Armor Rock, and Concrete Materials. Specially-designed fabric is secured beneath the rock and concrete to hold the revetment in place. 

Revetments are recommended by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the Ohio Department of Natural Resources; both organizations use this method of erosion control.


Why Are Revetments So Effective?

Revetments hold up well against brutal weather and lake conditions on the northern coast. Revetments work by dissipating wave energy as the waves crash against the Shoreline.

When the shoreline isn’t adequately protected, the force of incoming waves, or shelf-ice in winter, can erode fragile soil. Some property owners have lost up to 100 feet of shoreline in some areas along Lake Erie.  

Why a Revetment and Not a Breakwall?

Revetments and breakwalls are fantastic erosion control methods, and we offer services to construct both types. However, many of our clients hire us to build revetments because of the time it takes to get a revetment permit compared to a breakwall permit. 

Breakwall permits can take to 2-3 years to be issued by The Army Corps of Engineers. This amount of time can exacerbate your property damage. Some people lose as much as several feet from their backyards in a 2-3 year time-frame, depending on the area they live in.

On the other hand, revetment permits are available in just 1-2 weeks through the Ohio Department of Natural Resources. When our clients are concerned about property damage, this time frame is a more suitable option.

If you are interested in a new breakwall but are concerned about the time it will take to get a permit, you might consider having a revetment installed to control erosion while your breakwall permit is processed.


Is Lake Erie Erosion Getting Worse?

In the last few years, Lake Erie water levels have risen to record levels — as much as 30” above average in 2019. 

High water levels, coupled with severe weather, ice movement, or strong winds, can accelerate erosion damage along coastal Lake Erie.

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’re here to help.

Shoreline erosion is preventable with an adequately installed revetment. And the best part? Revetments are very low-maintenance or maintenance-free. A revetment we installed in Sheffield Lake has been maintenance free since it was constructed in 2008.

What Is Your Process for Installing a Revetment?

If you decide to partner 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 to install your armor rock revetment quickly 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 Will My Revetment Construction Take?

We would love to give an exact schedule 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.

In general, we can complete a standard single lot revetment in 1-2 weeks, from the start of construction to completion. Of course, your project schedule could vary significantly based on your circumstances. We can provide you a more accurate timeframe when you schedule your $500 initial site assessment.

Will Installing a Revetment Damage my Yard?

We understand how much time and energy it takes to maintain a beautiful lawn. That’s why, we lay specially-designed mats on your property before we drive our heavy machinery across your yard. We do everything possible to protect your lawn and underground utilities from damage.

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?

It’s impossible to give a price range for coastal erosion control because no two revetments are the same. To give you a better idea of what to expect, here are the factors that make the most difference to your final cost:

  1. Existing Conditions – How severe is your erosion?
  2. Materials Required – How much square footage of shoreline needs attention?
  3. Ease-of-Access – Is your shoreline difficult to access? Will we need to access from a neighboring property?

If it’s possible, we recommend maximizing your savings by partnering with neighboring landowners for your erosion control project.

How Do You Install a Revetment?

To install a revetment, we start by laying specialized fabric to protect the fragile soil along the shoreline. You can think of the fabric we lay down as a kind of seal that protects underlying soil and holds rock and concrete in place in the revetment. The fabric prevents additional erosion and keeps materials from migrating. 

We use an aggregate of concrete and 3-6-ton army corps-approved limestone rock, called toe rock.

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

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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