Corps rolls out guidance on floating cabins

NASHVILLE — The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has issued new guidance on floating cabins at its lakes throughout the Cumberland River Basin. The guidance implements Section 1035 of the Water Resources Reform and Development Act (WRRDA) of 2014 that allows floating cabins at marinas on Cumberland River Basin lakes.

Under the new guidance, marina operators will be able to rent floating cabins to the public who recreate on Cumberland River Basin lakes.

“I am very proud of our outstanding commercial marina concessionaire program in the Nashville District,” said Mike Abernathy, chief of the Nashville District Real Estate Division. “This is an example of how we partner with our marina operators to create additional recreational opportunities within our district boundaries.”

In order to inform the public about the new floating cabin implementation guidance, the Corps is holding four public meetings at the following locations and times: June 29, 6-8 p.m. at the Center for Rural Development in Somerset; July 1, 6-8 p.m. at Lee S. Jones Convention Building in Eddyville; and July 2, 6-8 p.m. Upperman High School, 6950 Nashville Hwy. in Baxter, Tenn.

The public is invited to attend the public meeting nearest to their lake. Each meeting will provide the same information to all attendees.

Abernathy said marina operators will ultimately be renting these floating cabins to the public after their floating cabin development plan is approved by the Corps. When marina operators submit proposals, the public will have the opportunity through the NEPA process to provide comments concerning floating cabins. These opportunities may be in the form of written comments submitted to the District concerning a proposal addressed in an associated NEPA document and/or public meetings as needed.

The implementation guidance seeks to ensure the safety and structural integrity of any floating cabins by requiring the completion of annual inspections and health and safety checklists. It is a paramount goal of USACE to provide safe and healthy recreational opportunities on its projects. More information on floating cabins is available at

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