The information on this page is intended to help new owners or persons new to the area with some basic rules/regulations and information about the Sweetwater and Cordry Lakes. A complete list of the rules/regulations can be found at

1. Homeowner Information
-TRANSFER OF REAL ESTATE: All transfers of real estate within CSCD shall he filed in the Office of the CSCD prior to recording with the Brown County Recorder. The filing shall include the name and address of the party purchasing real estate, and the date of transfer. All warranty deeds must contain the following statements:

Conveyance accepted for the purpose of CSCD assessments this ____ day of ______,20__. All prior assessments are paid to the date.

Financial Clerk, CSCD

– Trash: The CSCD does not provide trash collection services. Low owners must provide their own trash disposal. Trash Service Businesses can be found on the Sweetwater/Cordry Vendor List.

– Improvements: A real estate property owner, holding a valid title, owns the land as described in their deed, subject to taxes, assessments, and the rules and regulations of the CSCD. All improvements to the land must meet Brown County Building Codes and he environmentally approved by the CSCD.
– Prior to construction of docks, boathouses, or any structure projecting over or into the lake must have construction plans approved, and permits issues by the CSCD.

– Leash Law: All dogs must he on a leash, under control and have current rabies shot and owner identification tags. Dogs showing malicious or nuisance tendencies shall he reported to the Brown County Animal Control. All State and County leash laws apply.

– Septic Inspection: Individual septic systems must be cleaned and evaluated at least once every five years. Systematic and regular cleaning and evaluation of individual septic systems to insure they are functioning properly and not discharging untreated or partially treated waste into the watershed of the Lakes and the Conservancy. More info can be found at

Utility Information:
– Cable TV: Avenue Broadband Communications, Inc.
2603 Hart Street Vincennes, IN 47591
Customer Service: (800) 882-7185
– Electric: South Central Indiana REMC
300 Morton Avenue
Martinsville, IN 46151 Phone: (800) 264-7362 or (317) 342-3344 Office Hours: 7:30 am to 4:30 pm Monday – Friday
– Water: Cordry Sweetwater Conservancy District Department of Water Works
8377 Cordry Drive
Nineveh, IN 46164
Phone: 317-933-2893 Office Hours: 7:30 am to 4:00 pm Monday -Friday
8:00 am to Noon (April thru September)
– Telephone: CenturyLink
1147 Morton Street
Franklin, IN 46131
Phone: (317) 736-6630
Office Hours: 9 am to 7 pm Monday Pay by Phone: (877) 813-7604
Customer Service: (800) 788-3600 Internet:

2. Lake Rules/ Regulations

– Boat Regulation:
1. Power or Speed Boat – no longer than 19 ft
2. Pontoon Boat – no longer than 28 ft.
3. Fishing Boat – no longer than 19 ft. Fishing boats with motors greater than 30 H.P.
purchased and registered after March 31. 1990 will he classified as a power speed boat. A fishing boat purchased and continuously registered with the CSCD before March 31, 1990 can he classified as a fishing boat regardless of H.P.
4. Personal watercraft, Jet Ski, Wave Runner, or other similar craft are prohibited with the exception of those purchased and continuously registered with CSCD before January 1. 1994.
* A Decal must be purchased at the CSCD office for each watercraft registered. *

5. Paddle boats. row boats, windsurfer, kayaks, and canoes. A lot owner may register no more than three (3) craft in this classification. Proof of purchase of non-motorized craft will he the Affidavit proving ownership.
6. Sail boat \with mast — no longer than 17 ft.

1. Houseboats of any size.
2. Airboats, hovercraft, or similar watercraft,
3. Watercraft of an size with sleeping quarters, galleys. toilets or cabins.
4. Watercraft designed to create large wakes, or watercraft that have been modified to
create a large wake.

Registration Info:
– Prior to being allowed on the lakes, all watercraft must have their primary lot letters and numbers attached and clearly visible to both sides of the craft. The lot numbers must be in plain block lettering, at least three (3) inches in height, and in a color in contrast with the craft.
– Decals can be purchased at the CSCD office for each watercraft.

3. Lake Rules

– All operators of motorized watercraft must have a valid driver’s license and shall observe the following traffic rules in addition to the Indiana Boating Rules:

(a.) In coves, hays, and waters designated as idle or no stake zones, persons must operate their craft at the slowest possible speed, not exceeding five (5) MPH. whereby the wake or wash created is minimal.
(b.) Watercraft leaving an idle zone, dock, pier, shore or ramp, shall yield the right of way to watercraft underway.
(c.) Watercraft must follow a counter-clockwise pattern. Turn right and enter the pattern before crossing the line of traffic.
(d.) No watercraft shall he moored or anchored to a buoy, or moored or anchored in any location that impedes the flow of traffic or presents a danger to persons or property
(e.) No watercraft shall he moored or anchored within the ski area during green light periods.
(f.) No “DONUTS”, tight circular or other erratic patterns will be permitted except to retrieve downed tuber or skier.
(g) Watercraft under headway over ten (10) MPH shall remain at least fifty (50 feet from shorelines, beaches, one hundred (100) feet from dams and spillways, thirty (30) feet from other watercraft, and shall stay clear of all buoys.
(h.) No watercraft will he permitted to speed over forty(40) MPH on weekends and legal holidays.
(i.) Sailboats under sail, windsurfing craft, kayaks, canoes, paddle boats, and all other non-motorized craft should operate in the ski areas during the green light period.
(j.) No occupant of watercraft underway shall be permitted to sit or stand on the gunwales, seat backs or stand on the craft’s bow, except for the purpose of anchoring, mooring or casting off.
(k.) No dangling of legs or feet in the water while watercraft is in motion.
(l.) The continual use of bright lights on any craft, except for emergencies or docking is discouraged.
(m.) Power loading at the ramps is not recommended, since it destroys ramp approaches.
(n.) A life preserving floatation device must he on board for each occupant. It is recommended that children six and under have on a life jacket when underway.
(0.) No unnecessary sounding of whistles or horns, unless used as a warning to persons or watercraft in immediate danger.

Ski areas are the inner most portions of the lakes, the exterior perimeter is defined by the “NO WAKE” buoys.

1. No watercraft shall tow a skier or persons on any other device, unless the watercraft is occupied by an operator and at least one other competent person (observer). The observer shall give their full attention to watching the objects and persons being towed. The operator must give their full attention to operating the watercraft safely.
2. A plain RED or ORANGE flag must be displayed by the observer whenever a person or object is down in the water. The flag must be at least twelve (12) by twelve (12) inches of a flat flexible material and visible 360 degrees around the watercraft.
3. No watercraft shall pull more than two (2) people at one time. No towed devices shall carry more than two (2) persons at one time.
4. Purposely dropping of skis is prohibited. Any ski dropped must be retrieved immediately.
5. Personal watercraft shall not tow any object in the water. All personal watercraft will follow the same traffic pattern as required by all watercraft. Personal watercraft shall not trail within one hundred (100) feet of other watercraft, skier, or towing device. Personal watercraft must remain at least twenty five (25) feet from other craft when passing or going along side of other watercraft.
6. Towing a ski kite or similar device is not permitted.
The lot owner is responsible for all persons operating the watercraft registered to their lot. Lot owner must inform their guests of all State and CSCD boating Rules and Regulations.

1. There shall be no swimming, floating on rafts, tubes or any floatation device in the areas designated for skiing, as defined by the buoys, during the green light period except for downed persons waiting to be retrieved by the towing craft.
2. Swimming, floating on rafts, tubes or any floatation device must remain within twenty five (25) feet of the shoreline, except within the prescribed beach area, and within fifteen (15) feet of any watercraft or platform in an idle or “no wake” zone. Lake Patrol will monitor these areas.

Floating platforms shall include, but not be limited to. single person mats, air mattresses, bounce or trampoline type platforms.
2. Floating platforms shall not extend past 25 feet from the shore. At no time shall a platform take up more than 25% of a cove. At no time shall a platform, or swimmers around the platform, become a navigational impediment. When not in use, these platforms shall be pulled and secured to the shore.