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Navigable Water

Postby Ncgoosekilla » Tue Dec 18, 2012 3:37 pm

Can anyone quote the law word for word concerning navigable water in nc? Or does anyone know the specific General statute number?
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Re: Navigable Water

Postby Dingbatter 2 » Tue Dec 18, 2012 6:46 pm

Navigable water is what the judge thinks it is, and there are lots of judges. :hammer:
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Re: Navigable Water

Postby Ncgoosekilla » Tue Dec 18, 2012 7:42 pm

Dingbatter 2 wrote:Navigable water is what the judge thinks it is, and there are lots of judges. :hammer:



Yes, from what I have heard in previous conversations is that the law is widely open to interpretation. Which is why I asked if someone would be kind enough to quote the law word for word or point me in the right direction with the specific Nc G.S. number. So I can read it and form an opinion for myself.
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Re: Navigable Water

Postby Tango2Echo » Tue Dec 18, 2012 8:25 pm

You can do a serch on the NCGAGS, but here is the long and short of it;

In NC, Navigable Waters are defined as bodies of water suitable for navigation of a "vessel". Vessel is defined as a boat or ship capable of being propelled by a motor or sail and licensed as a vessel within the State. Bodies of Water are defined as Swamp Lands that are contiguous and over 2000 acres, canals, creeks, lakes over 2000 acres, and rivers, not associated with drainage, cooling, or run-off.

I will give an example from personal experience:
If you put a boat in on a creek from the roadside, paddle into a swamp under 2000 acres, step out and hunt OR stay in the boat, you just broke the law. There is no "public-right-of-way" to waterways in NC, which means you crossed private land to get to the creek that someone pays taxes on, the swamp is under 2000acres, so it is not "reasonably associated with navigation", the boat is not "propelled", and you stepped out of the boat onto flooded land or floated a boat on someones floded land. Either way, you can and will eventually be charged with tresspassing.

Yes, it is stupid, but the laws are geared toward protecting the landowner.

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Re: Navigable Water

Postby Metalman » Wed Dec 19, 2012 10:32 am

North Carolina General Assembly
1981 Session
Chapter 581
Senate Bill 616
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Re: Navigable Water

Postby EastBound&Down » Wed Dec 19, 2012 3:45 pm

Metalman wrote:North Carolina General Assembly
1981 Session
Chapter 581
Senate Bill 616


W.T.F. :huh:
absolutely has nothing to do with navigable waters or in no ways answers the man's question
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Re: Navigable Water

Postby wood duck commander » Wed Jan 02, 2013 9:24 pm

It is a bunch of bull.A running swamp should be fair game .
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