What are riparian rights?

Riparian rights are interests in real estate and they automatically are included with most land that is in physical contact with a natural lake or river. Riparian rights include ownership rights in the bed of the lake or river to the center of the lake or to the thread of the river. Riparian rights could also include islands in the lake or river.

Your precise riparian rights depend on the legal description of your property. Although the water itself is not part of your riparian rights, using the water, including boating or fishing, and placing docks, are included. The extent of your riparian rights as well as the rights of the public to access a lake or river is dependent on many factors. If you have questions regarding your riparian rights, you may consult with one of our attorneys experienced in this unique area of law.