Littoral rights

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In United States law, Littoral rights refers to rights concerning properties that abut an ocean, bay, delta, sea or lake, rather than a river or stream (riparian). Littoral rights are usually concerned with the use and enjoyment of the shore.[1]

An owner whose property abuts tidal waters(i.e. oceanfront) owns the land to the mean low water line or 100 rods below mean high water, whichever is less. The land between low water and high water is reserved for the use of the public by state law and is regulated by the state.

See also


  1. Black's Law Dictionary