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Group/Club Application To Install Fish Habitat

Appalachian Power Company and the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries (VDGIF) encourage retention and enhancement of habitat along the shoreline.  Providing structure in the water can provide valuable fish habitat, increase fish populations or attract fish to your shoreline depending upon the type of structure and water depths in which they are placed. For additional information please review the brochure entitled, Guidelines for Fish Habitat/Enhancement along Shorelines at Smith Mountain Lake.

Placing habitat structure in the lake is illegal without a permit. To avoid being cited by VDGIF, an application to install fish habitat must be submitted and permission obtained from Appalachian.

Groups, fishing clubs, or other organizations should submit the requested information below and if acceptable, a permit will be mailed to you.

Individual lake residents wishing to install fish habitat should use the following link.

Individual lake residents Application to Install Fish Habitat

If you need assistance in completing this form or selecting the best habitat, please contact the VDGIF by email, or by phone at 1-434-525-7522, Ext. 103.

If you're looking for some approved types of habitats, the VDGIF has asked us to provide links to the following products:

(*) - indicates a required field

*Group/Club Name:
*Representative Name:
*Representative’s Mailing Address:
*City:
*State:
*Zip Code:
*Phone:
*Email Address:
*Confirm Email Address:
*GPS Coordinates:

Habitat Install 1

NOTE: Up to three habitat types/locations can be added per submission (see below).

*Type of habitat to be installed:
Please specify:
*Number of structures to be installed:
*Type of anchor:
Please explain:
*Water depth at bottom of habitat as measured from the 795 foot contour elevation:
*Height of structure:
*Estimated date of installation:
Name of installer - if different from applicant (Optional)

Add a second habitat

Habitat Install 2

*Type of habitat to be installed:
Please specify:
*Number of structures to be installed:
*Type of anchor:
Please explain:
*Water depth at bottom of habitat as measured from the 795 foot contour elevation:
*Height of structure:
*Estimated date of installation:
Name of installer - if different from applicant (Optional)

Add a third habitat

Habitat Install 3

*Type of habitat to be installed:
Please specify:
*Number of structures to be installed:
*Type of anchor:
Please explain:
*Water depth at bottom of habitat as measured from the 795 foot contour elevation:
*Height of structure:
*Estimated date of installation:
Name of installer - if different from applicant (Optional)

Please allow at least 1 week before your permit can be issued.