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Offline livemusic

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Re: Property rights in a pond
« Reply #20 on: November 29, 2020, 02:14:28 PM »
Not sure if its changed or not but when I was a teen Oklahoma law was as long as you had some form of legal access to waters edge like owning a small strip of land that runs to shoreline then you had legal rights to all water as long as you where afloat. Could float tube or boat all you wanted but couldn't walk around the edge. There was several ponds that would back water up to the roadway deep enough we could but in our tubes and fish that way.
That's the way I recall it being here and the reason for the thread, but I do not know if this is/was correct. Might've been just wishful-thinking lore.
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Re: Property rights in a pond
« Reply #21 on: November 29, 2020, 02:36:23 PM »
Put your big boy pants  on and get in your raft and go over on his side and tell him from the raft you got every right to be on his side and see what he says or does 😂😂

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Re: Property rights in a pond
« Reply #22 on: November 29, 2020, 07:23:53 PM »
As many people have pointed out, the answer to whether you can publicly access water depends on the state.  Here in New Hampshire, any pond (natural or manmade) is publicly accessible if it is 10 acres or larger.  This size also seems to be a pretty common standard, at least in the New England states.  In your case, since the pond is only 8 acres, I would say that you have rights to the section that is on your property.  Like a lot of people have said, though, is the other owner really going to have a problem if you pull a bass out on his portion?  If you are really worried, or interested, then I would do a quick Google search on Louisiana water access laws.  Louisiana is actually a special case, too, because your legal system is partially based on the old French civil law.  I don't know what effect this will have.

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Re: Property rights in a pond
« Reply #23 on: November 29, 2020, 07:31:22 PM »
Don't know if this helps.  It has some info and codes you could lookup.  http://www.dnr.louisiana.gov/assets/Legal/PRATF/C5AttC20181029.pdf

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