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Rights of Riparian Owners


RIGHTS OF RIPARIAN OWNERS. When the government sells land bordering on a river, or fresh water stream, the several riparian owners have a right to use the water in common for all ordinary purposes. If it is a lake or stream of considerable size and irreg ular shape the right to use anv particular portion of the water for a special purpose, as cutting ice, will have to be fixed and determined by a partition suit in equity. In ordinary cases where the lake or stream is small, each riparian owner has the right to cut ice on that portion of the water bounded by the center line of the water and a line drawn from the point where the boundary line of his land touches the water at right angles with the center line, or within the sec tion lines projected into the lake.