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Old 09-11-2015, 06:42 AM
 
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I am moving to Caldwell from Michigan with my fiance tomorrow. Wow!!! How scary is that??? We have 2 horses and a house on 40 acres that don't have water rights. I have searched for info on obtaining water rights and agricultural wells but haven't come up with anything. Black Canyon ditch runs thru the lower half of the property. Does anyone have any advice or knowledge? Also, I have tried Google searching for horse trails and camping but haven't come up with anything. We are lucky because BLM land backs up to our land. Are we allowed to ride anywhere on BLM land? Any restrictions? Are we allowed to put in a gate on our fence line? Any answers will be greatly appreciated. We know only our realtor in Idaho so this is going to be a challenge.
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Old 09-11-2015, 08:37 AM
 
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I am moving to Caldwell from Michigan with my fiance tomorrow. Wow!!! How scary is that??? We have 2 horses and a house on 40 acres that don't have water rights. I have searched for info on obtaining water rights and agricultural wells but haven't come up with anything. Black Canyon ditch runs thru the lower half of the property. Does anyone have any advice or knowledge? Also, I have tried Google searching for horse trails and camping but haven't come up with anything. We are lucky because BLM land backs up to our land. Are we allowed to ride anywhere on BLM land? Any restrictions? Are we allowed to put in a gate on our fence line? Any answers will be greatly appreciated. We know only our realtor in Idaho so this is going to be a challenge.
Idaho Department of Water Resources.

BLM and USFS will have trail maps that show designated uses for each district or unit.

Technically, yes and no when it comes to being able to ride anywhere on BLM land. I say yes because it is public land and, technically, you can go just about anywhere on it. I say no because both the USFS and BLM have travel planning management completed and they have designated or "preferred" use for the lands. The rule of thumb is to stay on the trails. There are a lot of reasons for that, so it's best to do so. The idea is to prevent a tragedy of the commons, whereby everyone does what they want and in time a place is ruined. So yes, stay on the trails.

Dunno about the gate. Is it your fence? If not, then probably no. On the other hand, BLM land that is fenced is typically fenced by the rancher who grazes that allotment, so there is supposed to be access at all times. Find out who leases the AUMS behind you, talk to the rancher and see what you can work out.
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Old 09-12-2015, 12:58 PM
 
Location: Boise, Idaho
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I think you will find both the Idaho Department of Water Resources and the BLM pretty accommodating of your questions. I would make an appointment with each and talk to them in person about your property. Check out nearby well boring logs from recent wells to give you an idea of depth and types of soil prior to drilling even a domestic well.

Since your are buying the property, your title report might show history on the water rights. It is possible that the property had them and they were sold or transferred somewhere along the line.

Hope this helps!
Jim
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