Port Clinton Coastal 
Erosion Control

lake erie Erosion repair Port Clinton

Are you battling Coastal Erosion in Port Clinton? Do you need a new pier, breakwall, or revetment to protect your property against further damage?

At Mark Haynes Construction, we understand the urgency you might feel if you’re battling erosion at your lakefront property. Whether you live near Camp Perry Pier, the Port Clinton Lighthouse, the mouth of the Portage River, or another area along E Sand Road or OH-163, we’re here to help. Our team of heavy equipment operators and constructors have decades of experience stabilizing fragile areas along Ohio’s Northern Coast. And, we can help protect your property too.

Coastal erosion is preventable with adequate shoreline protection; and we only construct the best. Using 3-6 ton armor rock limestone, concrete materials, and specially-designed fabric to hold everything in place, a new revetment can help you feel safe near your coastline once again. 

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.


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

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. An aggregate of Army Corps-approved limestone rocks and concrete that is laid on specially-designed fabric to protect fragile soil along the coast and prevent materials from migrating.

Our Coastal Erosion Work Near Port Clinton 

Our team of experienced shoreline constructors and equipment operators have completed multiple coastal erosion control projects near Port Clinton. 

Have you driven on the Cedar Point Chaussee lately? Or, visited the Free Public Boat Ramp in Huron? We’ve completed work at both of these sites to combat coastal erosion, enhance property value, and boost tourism along Lake Erie. Click the projects below or use the map to explore our local shoreline projects. 


Residents of Cedar Point Road on the Chaussee were facing severe coastal erosion issues prior to 2018. So severe that frequent road closures and roadway damage were becoming the norm. 

Our crews stepped in to construct a significant size revetment using 23,700 tons of Rock Armor along approximately 4,200 linear ft of shoreline. Our crews worked quickly to shore up the shoreline and make the area safe and protected once again.

Because of this collaborative project between our company and local municipalities, the Chaussee is no longer at risk and taking the ‘scenic route’ to Cedar Point is a reliable option once again.


Located on the city of Huron’s harbor front, our teams worked with the city of Huron to construct the Huron City Municipal Boat Ramp. This project included a four lane boat ramp and launch facility, handicapped-accessible docks, restrooms and parking for 135 vehicles/trailers.

We completed extensive shoreline work to ensure the safety and preservation of this public boat launch site and oversaw reseeding and planting for the beautification of the park.

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. Service Fee: $500.



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.

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What’s the Schedule I Can Expect for my Revetment Installation?

If you decide to work with us for a new revetment, here’s the work schedule you can expect:

  1. First, we complete your site assessment and provide a cost estimate.
  2. Next, we secure all necessary permitting.
  3. After that, we find the best access point to your shoreline.
  4. Then, we build a staging area for our materials and machines.
  5. After building a staging area, we get started on your revetment ASAP.
  6. After your revetment is complete, we repair any erosion damage.
  7. Then, we re-slope your grade according to your specifications.
  8. At the end of the project, we can reseed your grass, if needed.
  9. Finally, we clean up and leave using specialized mats to keep your lawn and underground utilities safe (you can check out a photo below.)

Our #1 priority is to install your armor rock revetment as quickly as possible to protect your property from additional damage. Once your revetment is in place, we’ll work with you to make further changes to your property according to your specifications.

What Method of Shoreline Protection Do You Recommend?

We’ve completed Shoreline Erosion Control projects for decades and have found Armor Rock Revetments to be the best choice for many of our clients.

Revetments offer a cost-effective and low-maintenance solution to shoreline erosion, and we can construct them quickly. This reliable method of erosion control is recommended by The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the Ohio Department of Natural Resources for coastal erosion in the Great Lakes Region.

In addition to revetment installations, we also build custom breakwalls and off-shore breakwaters. These are also excellent options to enhance your shoreline and protect your property.

How Do Revetments Work?

If fragile soil is left unprotected at the shoreline, wave action, and shelf-ice gradually erode the soil away over time. When powerful waves crash against the soil, it can fail in the form of drop-offs, and land collapses. If your ground has failed and given way to Lake Erie, you know just how unsafe conditions can become. If left unaddressed, you might find yourself in a losing battle with your receding property line.

That’s where revetments come in. Revetments are made of 3-6 ton armor rock limestone, making them the perfect shield against Lake Erie wave action and ice push. Revetments dissipate the destructive power of turbulent lake conditions, acting as a barrier between the crashing waves on Lake Erie and your fragile soil.

How Do you Install a Revetment?

Revetments are made of Army Corps-Approved Limestone, Fabric, Armor Rock, and Concrete Materials.

To install a new revetment, we start by laying down specialized fabric to protect the soil along the coast. This fabric works twofold. First, it acts as a heavy seal to protect the land. Second, it holds the armor stone revetment in place and keeps materials from migrating.

Once we’ve laid the fabric, we cover it with an aggregate of concrete and 3-6-ton army corps-approved limestone rocks, called toe rock. 

How Long Does Revetment Construction Take?

Because everything from weather conditions to the severity of your erosion and ease-of-access determine the time it takes to complete an erosion control project, it’s impossible to give an accurate estimate.

To give you an idea of what to expect, we have completed single lot revetments in 1-2 weeks from the start of construction to completion. However, your project could vary significantly depending on your unique conditions and specifications. If you decide to schedule an initial site assessment, we’ll be able to provide a more accurate construction schedule.

Will You Damage My Yard and Utilities When You Install my Revetment?

We understand just how much time and attention it takes to maintain a beautiful lawn. That’s why at Mark Haynes Construction, we drive our heavy earthmoving equipment on specially-designed mats that are made to protect your lawn and underground utilities.

Lawn and Utility damage is always possible during heavy earthmoving, so we take every precaution possible to prevent damage.

Should I Get Engineering or a Permit to Build a Revetment?

ODNR has a straightforward permitting process for revetment installations. We are familiar with the process and can partner with you to apply for a permit right away. If your project requires engineering or additional permitting, we offer high-quality referrals in your area.

How Much Will a Revetment Cost Me?

There are many variables at play in determining the price of a revetment. Would you like to know the factors we’ve found to affect costs the most? Check out our list below.

  1. The Condition of your Property – How severe is your erosion?
  2. The Amount of Materials your Property Requires – How many linear feet of shoreline need attention?
  3. Ease-of-Access – How challenging is it to access your shoreline? Will we need to access your beach from an adjoining or neighboring property?

Whenever possible, we recommend partnering with your neighbors to maximize your savings for your revetment project. 

Why a Revetment and Not a Breakwall?

We have experiencing constructing both revetments and break walls, so why do we recommend a revetment? The short answer is time. We’ve found that breakwall permits typically take 2-3 years, whereas revetment permits only take 1-2 weeks.

The Army Corps of Engineers issues breakwall permits that can take much longer to process than revetment permits. For many of our clients facing severe erosion and an unsafe, rapidly receding shoreline, two to three years is too long. 

That’s why revetments are often a preferred and recommended option. Revetment permits are available through the Ohio Department of Natural Resources and can be obtained in a short 1-2 weeks. If you’re concerned about fixing your coastal erosion problem quickly, a revetment is likely your best option.

Some of our clients are interested in a breakwall but want a short-term solution for erosion control. If this sounds like you, you might consider installing a revetment as a short-term erosion control plan while your breakwall permit is being processed.

Quality shoreline protection can keep your property safe and boost your property value, so any investments you make in this area will likely pay off down the road. 

Is Lake Erie Erosion Getting Worse?

Homeowners on Ohio’s Lake Erie coast have dealt with erosion for decades. However, Lake Erie water levels have risen to record levels in recent years — levels were as much as 30” above average in 2019.

Although exposure to wave-action and shelf-ice has always led to drop-offs, these record-high lake elevations are increasing erosion along the shoreline. In some areas along Ohio’s northern coast, property owners have lost up to 100 ft of shoreline property since the early 1990’s.

Keep in mind that coastal erosion is preventable with adequate shoreline protection. And the best part? If you choose a revetment as your preferred method of coastal erosion control, revetments are very low-maintenance or maintenance-free. 

If you’re ready to learn more about coastal erosion control for your lakefront property, call us today at 419-663-2457 or scroll to the bottom of this page to fill out a contact form. A member of our management team will be in touch with you right away.

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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