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Old 11-24-2012, 03:56 PM
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Default Re: Weber River & private property

Hi Joe,

You're in the right place to find a good group of people to talk fishing with, Welcome.

The access issue is spreading far & wide. Here there is a river, a big river that I like to hike up in order to fish the lower few miles above where you can have road access. I can run it with the river boat but doing so kinda puts the trout down and is counter productive to an extent.

There are a few folks who have bought land down near where there is road access and the land is plastered with Trespass Notices. This creates an interesting situation, if I am not to tread up the side of the river for fear of trespassing on someone, is this river now closed to my being able to access it on foot. This is a big water with a hundred miles of main stem, forks, and tributary waters involved.

Where I grew up Posted Land was normal but the owner or lease holder had to Sign the posters. In that way a person wishing to contact said owner or lease holder to ask permission to cross the land. Without a signature the posters were not legal. The thinking behind that was that anyone could hand posters anywhere even if they didn't own or lease the land. In Pennsylvania it was not unheard of for someone to post State Land in order to keep out the 'rif-raff'. Here they just staple posters to trees in the outback and you have no clue as to who you might contact to seek permission to travel along the shore line. I have had no bad experiences to date but I will need to speak with the AK. Dept. of Fish & Game and also try to find who owns the land. Otherwise I'll have to drive the boat up the same water I want to fish.

Because I have an abundance of open water that I use I have not pursued the issue of the posted land at the access point of this particular river but I will have to do this over the winter. I know that you guys are discussing access laws in Utah here but was only stating that the debate is spreading to the farthest reaches of the United States. The argument over the right of the holder of property and the rights of and for access to rivers and creeks is a difficult one. We own remote property and I don't wish to find any squatters on the land but like wise just because the property is on a lake we don't intend to attempt to stop anyone from fishing from the 700 foot of shore line that we have. This is not a current problem because of the remote (80 miles off road) location of our cabin & land but I have found places in the middle of nowhere with Trespass Posters on the trees at the edge of the water. I know the owners are seeking to tell me that they don't want me on the land but what about the shore line of the river............ I pass them without a thought but they are becoming more common even deep in the bush.
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