On March, 2012, Lieutenant Governor Brian Calley signed the House Substitute for Senate Bill 778 into law. This is the so‑called “Public Road Ends at Lakes Law.” It can be found at MCL 324.30111b (the “New Law”). Of course, the New Law is not perfect. But as the old saying goes, don’t let the perfect be the enemy of the good! Overall, the New Law is pro-riparian, pro-public lake access, pro-rule of law, and pro-local government. The language for the New Law is contained in the side bar to this article.
Predictably, a few people are unhappy with the New Law. They claim (falsely) that the New Law will “privatize” all of Michigan’s inland lakes and streams. Some have asserted that the New Law will “cripple revenue in areas dependent on tourism.” A few have even claimed that “throwing your anchor over will violate the statute.” Those assertions are flat-out false.
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