Stream bottoms private property

Friday, June 22, 2012

SOUTHWEST NEBRASKA -- With minimal or no water flow in area streams and rivers, the Red Willow and Furnas County sheriff's departments and local Game and Parks Commission conservation officers are reminding the public that the beds of streams are private property.

Permission from landowners is required to ride motorcycles, ATVs operate 4-wheel drive vehicles or even walk in these areas.

Where the river or stream is a property boundary, permission is required from both landowners.

For more information, contact your local sheriff's department or conservation officer: Red Willow County, 3080345-1850; Furnas County, 308-268-2245; George Sund, 308-655-0028; Brian Piernicky, 308-340-6627.

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  • It seems like the State of Nebraka disagrees on who owns the river bottoms as they have sold the mineral rights under the Republican river. Here is the web page.

    -- Posted by ddub on Mon, Jun 25, 2012, at 8:44 PM
  • I believe that the State of Nebraska retains title to lands under streams determined to be navigable. This appears to be the case with the Republican River as noted in the Oil and Gas Lease link submitted by ddub. The Ordinary High Water Line is used to establish the divide between private and public lands.

    -- Posted by Geezer on Tue, Jun 26, 2012, at 5:38 AM
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