I have scouted a few places to install a slalom course next spring. These are all fingers off of the Tennessee river (Kentucky Lake) that are only open on one end (no flow) and no residences on adjacent land. They are all in Perry county/Decatur county Tennessee. Each spot has 8-9 feet of water, 1/2 mile long and 350-500 feet wide. I have found little information online about installing courses in public water. From what I understand the permitting for this would have to go through the TVA (Tennessee Valley Authority) and ACOE. This is gonna happen as long as I can get the permits but would appreciate some guidance from the BoS community. I also have just a couple of fellow skiers in my area willing to help. Not many but a few.
Guidance from BoS members needed.
-What has been your experience with courses on public water
-What steps, in addition to the basic requirements of the permitting system, should I take to increase the odds of permit approval?
-Has anyone gone through the permitting process, installed the course and then voluntarily pulled the course out because of frustration? If so, Why? (I have heard stories that vary from fishermen cutting buoys to people shooting out the balls and in one case someone stealing the whole course)
-What are some of your best recommendations/experiences?
-What are some of the pitfalls I should be aware of prior to starting this endeavor?
-Anyone in the middle Tennessee area that would be willing to help/ski?
I am fairly determined to do this and I am going in with the understanding that there will be some issues and required maintenance of the course due to the ignorance of others, but that being said, I would like to be as prepared as possible in advance and able to answer questions when I am asked. Thank You