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Old 07-26-2017, 08:53 PM
 
Location: Mendocino, CA
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Is there such a map? I kind of doubt it.

If no such map exists, how do I find the mean high tide line on a beach?
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Old 07-26-2017, 10:42 PM
 
Location: on the wind
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There isn't a map entry for this...too subjective. Believe me I have often wished there was as there are some metes and bounds legal descriptions that use it. A royal PITA to interpret as tide reach on any particular stretch of beach is constantly affected by wind and sea state off shore. Why do you need to know? Maybe there's a different way to get to what you want to find out. You can track the tide cycles using the local tide table and observation. At the middle of a tide cycle (between the full and new moon when the difference between high and low tends to be smaller) watch to see where the wrack line forms. Over time you'll get a sense for it on that particular beach. But, a storm or strong wind can mess that up!
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Old 07-27-2017, 08:51 AM
 
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Trying to figure out if you're in Maryland or Virginia?
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Old 07-28-2017, 05:44 PM
 
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Is there such a map? I kind of doubt it.

If no such map exists, how do I find the mean high tide line on a beach?
Mean high tide is a monthly average of all of the high tides that occur in an area. It will be approximately between the high tide at the full/new moon and the one at the half moon.

And yes, it is a calculated value on a map, just not one you are likely to have access to like a property map.

Most important high, why do you think you need it?
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Old 07-30-2017, 12:22 PM
 
Location: Mendocino, CA
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I'm in California actually. My property goes to the edge of the water. Just curious where my property ends.
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Old 07-30-2017, 04:13 PM
 
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I'm in California actually. My property goes to the edge of the water. Just curious where my property ends.
What does your deed actually say? To "the edge of the water" doesn't make sense to me. Does it say to "the mean high tide"? Either way, its nebulous and difficult to work with. For example, you would have a hard time keeping other people from crossing "your" property as they could always say they were walking below this invisible line when the tide happens to be lower. Again, a PITA for everyone to interpret.
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Old 08-06-2017, 09:07 AM
 
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I'm in California actually. My property goes to the edge of the water. Just curious where my property ends.
California is one of the states where you you actually don't own the beach. According to the California coastal act you do not in fact own property down to the edge of the water, and if your deed predates that, it is not grandfathered.

You only own down to the mean high tide, which means except for the exact moment of high tide, you do not own "to the edge of the water" at all.
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Old 08-09-2017, 10:45 AM
 
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Two thumbs up to lkb0714.

If you have questions about what your property includes and what mean high tide means, contact the California Coastal Commission because they are the sole agency that can determine the location of the ordinary high water mark on any coastal location in California.

http://www.slc.ca.gov/Info/Water_Boundaries.html
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Old 08-09-2017, 04:33 PM
 
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Also, if you go to the link above, the California Coastal Commission has provided information on how to determine the high water mark. If you have questions, they provide a phone number.
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