Riparian/Littoral Rights

Riparian/Littoral Rights: Overview

Riparian rights and littoral rights refer to the rights appurtenant to the ownership of land partially covered by or bordering on a body of water. These rights are not easily defined and may be considered interchangeable for purposes of title insurance. They may include the right to ingress, egress, boating, fishing, and bathing (swimming), among others. These are the rights to use the abutting body of water. The extent of rights to use the connected body of water by the landowner, neighboring riparian landowners, and the public in general vary from state to state and within given states depending upon the nature of the body of water.