The Problem with Beach Easements…People.


As long as I’ve been coming up to the Upper Thumb the ongoing topic is property lines and easements. Because of the varied lines of the lake, there is no truely square lot within the first 1/4 mile of the beach. Everything is at odd angles and measurements. As a result folks are always putting sheds on their neighbors lot or cutting down someone elses trees. Harsh words are spoken and sometimes hard feelings are felt for years.

Beach Easement
Sylva Beach

Any beach with an easement is always fodder for potential for words and out right blow ups. Easement folks are viewed dimly by property owners who border the area. Conversely guests of those who use the easement tend to spawl outward as they near the waters edge. It has all the makings of a potential border war each and every weekend. It doesn’t help that, because of the low water level, there is now over 100 yards of sand between the waters edge and the old breakwalls from the 1970’s. Fences, berms, signage all seem to spring up in an attempt to mark the territory. Some areas have a sandy getto look.

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