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Riparian Rights Made Simple

michiganlakesriparianrightsSometime ago I posted on Riparian Rights and later posted More on Riparian Rights. I was asked recently out what you can and cannot do with your Michigan waterfront. Generally speaking, you may have sand brought in to place and spread along your shoreline. You may not place any sand or any other type of fill on or under the water of the lake. You may construct a seawall at or above the high water line, but you may not construct a seawall below the high water line or in the lake. You may construct a seasonal dock of 300 feet or less on your waterfront, but nothing permanent or longer than 300 feet. You may use the water for sprinkling of the lawn or other domestic purposes. You may not dredge or dig any channel to connect a pond or wetlands to the lake. No construction of a marina or any building below the high water mark. If you are in doubt, call the local office of the DNR or DEQ.

Written by Dave.