The Problem with Beach Easements…People.

Easements Along the Lake

As long as I’ve been coming up to the Upper Thumb the ongoing topic is property lines and easements. Because of the varied couture of the lake, there is no truly 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 neighbor’s lot or cutting down someone else trees. Harsh words are spoken and sometimes hard feelings are felt for years. 

Beach Easements Can Lead to Harsh Words

Beach Easement

Any beach with an easement is always fodder for the potential for words and outright blow ups. Easement folks are viewed dimly by property owners who border the area. Conversely, guests of those who use the easement tend to sprawl outward as they near the water’s edge. It has all the makings of a potential border war each and every weekend. It doesn’t help that, because of the high water level, there is now only a few short yards of usable beach vs. the over 100 yards of sand between the waters edge and the break-walls. When the water was low, berms, trees and snow fence sprung up in an attempt to mark the territory. Now the water threatens to take these impediments back out into the lake. 

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Mike Hardy

Author of a fun loving and event blog covering topics of the Upper Thumb of Michigan , the wind energy capital of the Great Lakes. Offering great trove of information on Wind Energy, Cheeseburger in Caseville, Saginaw Bay, Sailing.

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