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Posted by wendell mosley on January 17, 2011 at 12:12 PM

 

 

In Alabama you can't enter or transverse a stream that is bounded by private property without the land owners permission unless it is a navigable body of water. Public access is denied to non-navigable streams. The stream is considered property of the landowner. Most states consider all waters within the state are for public use. Alabama, Colorado, Indiana,Kansas & Pennsylvania are a few states that do not. If you are in a stream that is bounded by private property you are trespassing if you do not have landowner permission. Game wardens or any law enforcement officers can issue you a citation for trespassing and you will pay a fine. Any stream that is subjected to tidal changes are controlled by the state and fall into a different status.

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2 Comments

Reply newdigs
6:19 PM on May 3, 2011 
So State Parks don't qualify? And what is he definition of navigable water? Is this motor boat? Canoe? A particular depth or width?
Reply wendell mosley
6:13 AM on May 4, 2011 
I will have to find out for shure

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