FOVLAP Welcome Guide to

Vermont Lakes & Ponds Users

— The Door Knocker Project —

FOVLAP Door Knocker


If you have arrived at this page, you may have scanned a QR code on a door knocker left by your lake association. Below, you will be able to visit the URL resource links that were listed on the door knocker’s front side that apply to all Vermont lakes and ponds. The items listed on the back side of the door knocker have been customized by your lake association, and are unique to your lake.
Or, you may have arrived here looking to create a unique door knocker for your lake association – that information is also available below. When you do so, please give thought regarding whether you wish to have the backside of the door knocker be used for multiple years or be renewed annually.

FOVLAP Welcome Guide to Vermont’s Lakes & Ponds Links:

The Federation of Vermont Lakes and Ponds (FOVLAP) welcomes you and asks that you familiarize yourself with the following information that will enhance the enjoyment of your lake experiences while protecting our lakes’ water quality, tranquility, and intrinsic beauty.

Aquatic Invasive Species (AIS), including Eurasian watermilfoil and other Vermont “Nuisance” AIS adversely impact water quality and the natural environment. Help our Vermont DEC AIS Program by:

  • Preventing AIS spread is the 1st line of defense. Reduce spread by always thoroughly washing watercraft, trailers, ballast tanks, anchors, and other equipment to remove all debris when entering or leaving a different lake. THINK: “Clean-Drain-Dry!”
  • Identifying “unusual” aquatic plants & algae. Regularly observe shoreline for unfamiliar or concerning plants and algae. Note exactlocation and report to greeter station personnel or lake leaders. Do not attempt to remove or disturb unusual plants.

Greeter Public Access Program stations throughout Vermont

  • Friendly, certified AIS greeters are often on duty at boat state fishing access launch area from late May to early Sept. Some stations are approved for decontaminating boats.
  • Greeters inspect and clean boats and trailers and water related equipment upon entering and leaving the lake; they provide education and serve as reliable sources of AIS information.

Protect the shoreland environment (Lake Wise Program) by:

  • Preventing erosion by maintaining and/or restoring lakeside plantings that filter water and debris run-off into the lake (see DEC’s Vermont Bioengineering Manual).
  • Preventing removal of trees and shrubs or the protective duff layer.
  • Preventing structures to be built within 250 feet of shore without first reviewing Vermont “Lakes and Ponds Permitting” and consulting “Permit Navigator” when needed.
  • Not fertilizing within 25 feet of the shoreline and using only phosphorous-free fertilizers in permissible shoreland areas.
  • Avoid using pesticides, herbicides and chemicals that leach into and pollute the lake, harming native aquatic plant and animal life.
  • Maintaining septic wastewater systems by having sludge pumped out every 2 to 5 years, and by using EPA recommended eco-friendly, green cleaning products.

Follow Vermont Boating Laws and Public Water Use Rules by:

  • Operating registered motorized watercraft only with valid Operator License (must be more than 14 years of age & born after 1974).
  • Observing no wake zone (less than 5 mph) within 200 feet of shore AND within 200 ft of swimmers, other boats, docks, floats, etc.

Have fun while respecting the safety and enjoyment of boaters, swimmers, and wildlife (maintain 300-ft distance for nesting loons).

FOVLAP Door Knocker – Template & Printing

If your lake association would like to create a door knocker, you can download our template, based on the 4.5″ x 11″ template from

Click here [add link] to download the template.

The back side can be fully customized for your lake association, and you’ll see that we’ve included some suggestions for items to possibly include:

FOVLAP Door Knocker

Examples of door knocker back sides for local lake specific activities and events:

Shadow Lake Door Knocker