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Old 07-18-2011, 02:09 PM
 
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I recently went tubing on a river in the North Georgia mountains.

One of the properties along the river ( down on the banks ) had hand written No Trespasing signs that stated that you could not do the following in front of this property.

1) No swimming

2) No Fishing ( standing on the bank or the river )

3) No wading

( we did none of that - just floated on by !)

I know that propery owners have certain rights in Georgia but I didn't think that included river banks and the rivers themselves ?
Am I right ?
I have always heard that rivers and river banks are for public use.

Last edited by go falcons; 07-18-2011 at 02:12 PM.. Reason: spelling
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Old 07-19-2011, 07:21 AM
 
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I forget the exact rules but the landowner is correct. I just cannot recall why. This came up when I lived in N GA. In some streams, the property line extends to the center of the flow. I hope someone else has the data on this.
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Old 07-19-2011, 12:30 PM
 
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You had the pleasure of trying to cross some property owned by some Floridians. It seems that posted signs happens to be the official state map of Florida folks fom the city who move to Blue Ridge because they think its cute. By the way those spots make for the best fishing. Just like the best huntings on posted property.
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Old 07-19-2011, 08:55 PM
 
Location: Snellville, GA
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It's called riparian rights - for rivers and streams. It's a common law right granted to owners and includes unrestricted right to use the water. They kind of 'own' to the middle of the river (provided the river is not for commercial navigation).

There weren't any barges going along with you, were there? lol
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Old 09-08-2011, 02:00 PM
 
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It's called riparian rights - for rivers and streams. It's a common law right granted to owners and includes unrestricted right to use the water. They kind of 'own' to the middle of the river (provided the river is not for commercial navigation).

There weren't any barges going along with you, were there? lol
You are correct. If the waters are navigatable, one can float down, but touching the bottom of the water can be considered trespassing. If the waters are used for commercial navigation, then laws dictate that the rights to the water and its use are held in trust by the state.
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