Score Your Shore




Score Your Shore: A Citizen Shoreline Description

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Score Your Shore: a citizen shoreline description survey
available from the MN DNR


Score Your Shore is a tool to assess habitat conditions of developed lake lots. The protocol is designed for use by lakeshore property owners to self-assess habitat and stewardship on their land and adjacent aquatic areas. This tool may also be used by organizations, such as lake associations, to assess multiple sites on a lake. Score Your Shore provides an objective and systematic method to assess the type, quantity and quality of the existing shoreland habitat.


The Score Your Shore tool will enable you to:

  • Assess the amount of habitat at developed lake sites
  • Generate awareness of what makes a high quality functioning shoreline buffer
  • Provide a system to recognize landowners with functioning shoreline buffers.

The following self-guided materials are available to view and download, free of charge, on the DNR website:


Groups may adapt these basic materials to meet their specific assessment needs.