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MICHIGAN WATERFRONT ALLIANCE, INC

P.O. Box 369, Fenton, MI 48430   Email: skibones@mwai.org

Riparian Law

Riparian rights are property rights which run with the land. Only land which abuts a natural body of water has riparian rights.

A riparian property owner has the following property rights:

  1. Access to water.

  2. Install a dock anchored to his bottomland.

  3. Anchor a boat on his bottomland or secure it to his dock.

  4. Use water from the lake or stream for domestic purposes.

  5. Controls any temporarily or periodically exposed bottomland from the water's edge to the high water mark against trespass

 Click HERE to download the MWA Riparian Law Informational document  

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