ClayFL wrote:I would like to hear some explanations of "public access". I'll give a few examples all of which refer to the launching of a canoe or kayak
* a public dock that does not have a boat ramp.
Sure as long as your not trying to trailer a boat with your truck and tearing up state/ county property.
* a shoulder of a roadway that runs parallel with a body of water
Absolutely as long as the road easement meets the water
* bridges that have access to the water where it's common to see people fishing
* parks that have trails leading to the waters edge
If you can legally get the water with your equipment on public land (possession of firearms is irrelevant to legality of access) its public water. The only way a body of water is private is if one single landowner owns the shoreline completely surrounding said body of water. 360 degrees. If just a tiny stretch of shoreline is owned by another entity, the water itself becomes public. Your only issue is legal access at that point. If the water is entirely surrounded by private property, you would need a riparian landowners permission to have ingress/egress to the water. However all of your places mentioned above are public, so its a non issue.
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