willowick coastal erosion control

lake erie erosion control willowick

Are you battling Coastal Erosion in Willowick? An eroding 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 heavy equipment operators are ready to step in to help protect your section of shoreline.

After decades of stabilizing the fragile north coast, our construction crews have found that armor stone revetments are one of the best way to reduce and eliminate coastal erosion in this part of Ohio. This method of shoreline protection was developed by the army-corps of engineers and provides a lasting solution to lakefront erosion. Whether you live near Lakewood Beach Park, the Sheffield Lake Community Center, or another area off of Lake Road, an Armor Rock Revetment may be the solution to coastal erosion you’ve been searching for. 

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

Our Erosion Projects Near Willowick

We’ve completed several successful revetment and pier projects in the Willowick area. From single homeowners, to groups of neighbors, and even large-scale public works, we have the experience and equipment to repair even the most severe shoreline erosion damage.

Our shoreline protection solutions are designed to provide low-maintenance, cost-effective answers to Lake Erie Erosion.

Use the drop-down menus below to learn more about our past projects near Willowick.


We worked with a group of 6 neighbors in Eastlake who were battling a rapidly deteriorating coastline on Lakeshore Blvd. The erosion damage was getting worse by the day.

One of the neighbors invited us to give a presentation to the group of neighbors describing how we would tackle their erosion problem. We gave the presentation and answered any questions the homeowners had, leading them to hire us based on our experience.

We got started right away, installing the multi-residence revetment in just under 3 weeks. Our crews worked overtime to secure the shoreline as quickly as possible.

We used 3-6 ton armor stone rock to complete this project and graded the slope of the properties according to homeowner preferences. We worked hard to answer any questions the property owners had and reseeded their lawns before leaving. We received positive feedback from the homeowners who were pleased with the final outcome.

Click Here to check out a review written by one of these Eastlake homeowners.


In 2008 we completed the public boat ramp shown above at Sheffield Lake Beach. Our scope of work for this project included constructing one of the few in-lake boat ramps in Lake Erie, a breakwall, revetment, and parking lot. This project was similar to the boat launch project we completed in Huron.

Our crews worked hard to make this beach in Sheffield Lake a safe and accessible destination in the community. The revetment has been maintenance-free since 2008!

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.

about erosion control

What is Your Process for Installing a New Revetment?

If you choose Mark Haynes Construction for your shoreline erosion control project, here’s what you can expect:

  1. We start by securing all necessary permitting.
  2. Next, we take measurements of your property and provide a quote.
  3. We get started on our work by finding an access point to your beach.
  4. Then, we build a staging area and it’s time for the main event:
  5. We install your revetment. We like to do this as soon as possible.
  6. After the revetment is installed, we’ll repair your erosion damage.
  7. We can also re-slope your grade.
  8. At the end, we’ll reseed your lawn where it’s needed.
  9. Finally, we’ll clean up and leave using specialized mats to keep your lawn and underground utilities safe.

Our top priority is to install your armor rock revetment as quickly as possible to protect your property from further erosion. After we install your revetment, we’ll work with you to regrade the slope of your property and do any additional services according to your preferences.


Which Method of Shoreline Erosion Control is Best?

After completing Shoreline Erosion Control projects for decades, we have found Armor Rock Revetments to be the most effective method to eliminate erosion along the lakefront

This reliable method of erosion control is used and recommended by The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the Ohio Department of Natural Resources.

In addition to revetment installations, we also offer services to construct break walls and off-shore breakwaters to enhance your shoreline and provide additional protection.


Why are Revetments So Effective?

Revetments are so effective because they dissipate damaging wave energy. When waves crash against the Lake Erie Shoreline, the force of the incoming waves erodes the fragile soil along the coast if the shoreline isn’t protected, or is inadequately protected.

When a properly-installed revetment is in place, this rock barrier absorbs the force of the waves, protecting the soil underneath.

Revetments protect against ice movement as well. When waves push frozen blocks of ice, known as an ice-shelf, against the coast, it naturally exacerbates the rate of erosion. However, revetments can protect the coast against this powerful movement of ice.

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


How Is a Revetment Installed?

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

The fabric works twofold. It acts as a heavy seal to protect the soil underneath and it also holds the revetment in place and keeps the rock and concrete materials from migrating. 

After we lay the fabric down, we cover it with an aggregate of concrete and 3-6-ton army corps-approved limestone rocks, called toe rock.

These armor stone revetments absorb wave energy, dissipating their destructive power and protecting your beach for years to come. Revetments are known for withstanding huge waves and ice pushes.


How Long Will it Take You to Construct my Revetment?

We would love to give you an accurate 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 erosion project.

On average, we complete 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. If you schedule an initial site assessment, we will be able to provide you with a more accurate time frame.

Will you Protect my Yard During Construction?

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 during coastal erosion control projects.

We drive our specialized earthmoving equipment on these mats to ensure minimal damage to your property.

Do I Need Engineering or a Permit for a Revetment?

ODNR has a simple permitting process for revetment construction and we can partner with you to apply for one of these permits. If your project requires engineering or additional permitting, we offer local referrals.

How Much Does a Revetment Cost?

No two revetments are the same, making it impossible to provide a general estimate. Here are the factors we’ve found to effect costs the most:

  • 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 who could also benefit from shoreline protection.

Why a Revetment and Not a Breakwall?

Although we construct piers, breakwalls and off shore breakwaters, revetment construction is our most popular method of shoreline protection. This is typically because of the time it takes to get a permit.

Breakwall permits can take up to two-to-three years to be issued by The Army Corps of Engineers. This amount of time can make an astonishing difference to an at-risk property. In two to three years, we’ve seen properties lose as much as several feet of valuable land because of erosion. 

For this reason, revetment permits, which take a short 1-2 weeks to process, are the more popular option. If you find that your property is at-risk or soon to be at-risk, we recommend a revetment.

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

Is Lake Erie Erosion Getting Worse?

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

These high water levels, combined with severe weather, ice movement, strong winds and more have accelerated erosion damage in some areas along the Lake Erie shoreline. In the last few decades, some property owners have lost as much as 100 ft of shoreline property.

If you’re concerned about losing valuable acreage, the safety of your property, or even your house falling into the lake, we’re here to help. Shoreline erosion is preventable with a properly installed revetment. And the best part? We offer no-obligation site assessments and cost estimates. Click the button below to sign up for this $500 service.

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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