Rip rap is stone used to form a foundation along shorelines to reduce erosion. They can be effective in the right conditions, but often times they are expensive and have negative effects on lake and wildlife quality. Rip rap is not always the best solution to erosion control because it is expensive and can be destructive to native plants and wildlife habitat.
Rip rap should never be used to replace stable vegetation along the shoreline. Consult professionals before installing rip rap along river and creek shorelines to ensure that is the best solution and that it will hold properly. Incorporating native plants in your rip rap will enhance appearance as well as provide extra support for stabilization.