Pudeldog wrote:@waveslider. "Around Here" is a relative comment. I do a lot of hunting in eastern Or. this particular blind in in EO. Trespass laws are not so liberal there. This blind is on a piece of property that you have to pass through 3 different gates, with 2 different land owners to get to. You could try to float to it, but you would be doing a lot of wading and pushing your small craft. So public access has never really been an issue. Your comment on high water mark would not hold up in this area. The two bigger floods in the last 10 years on this spot, covered a number of corn and wheat fields that border the waterway. I am not sure if the farmers would agree that their fields were a first come first serve situation. I wish I had all of the pictures I have taken over the last few years. We have watched the banks, channels, islands, trees, completely change over the years. It really shows the power of nature, and the ever-changing landscape. The long and short of it is this. We will build some new blinds, and hopefully still be able to produce some good green head numbers even with the new competition.
Sounds fun. To be clear, the mean (aka average) high water mark, also known as the ordinary high water mark is not the same as flood mark or flood stage necessarily. As such, the farmers don't really have a say about the public vs private discussion. In Oregon or Idaho for that matter. On navigable streams at least for the most part.
Lots of arguments have ensued from people who build structures on what equates to public land and then attempt to lay claim to it as though it were private.
Sounds like you guys have a good mix of difficult access and low pressure which sounds ideal. The way things are headed you would do well to keep it a secret or you may walk out one day and find someone sitting in "your" blind and not be able to (legally) run them off.