Landowner Rights

Creek after snowstorm

Creek after snowstorm

Spring Creek is a private, nonnavigable stream. There is no public access available to Spring Creek except for one or two commercial operations that allow swimming, picnicking and camping for a fee.

According to the District Attorney for the 12th District, although landowners do not own the water flowing over the land, they do have the same rights and ownership to submerged lands as they have to land surrounding or adjoining the streambed. For example, they have the right to eject or take other actions against trespassers, that is, anyone who makes contact with the streambed or adjacent land. Read the District Attorney's legal opinion here.