How far back does my cabin have to be from the lake?
A chart in Section III.4.A shows the standards for lakes and rivers. The chart defines lakes in 3 different categories:
  • Natural Environment
  • Recreational Development
  • General Development

Rivers are defined as transition, agriculture and urban and tributary. If you need to learn of your lake or river classification, refer to the Waters of Otter Tail County database or see the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources website.

Section V.2.E of the Otter Tail County Shoreland Management Ordinance refers to the setback rules, also.

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1. Can I construct a guest house or second dwelling on my lake lot?
2. How far back does my cabin have to be from the lake?
3. How much dirt can I move without a permit?
4. I am planning to purchase a resort, what can I do with it?
5. I am thinking about purchasing a lake lot that does not meet the minimum lot size requirements. Can I build or place a structure on it?
6. I just bought a lake lot, what are the guidelines for shoreland management?
7. Who can install my septic system?