Riparian Rights and Waterfront Legal Issues Archives

The archive of past articles of Attorney Writes from noted riparian rights and water law attorney Clifford H. Bloom, Esq. This archive goes up to 2019, the documents are in PDF format and made available by MLSA.

You will find the most current Attorney Writes articles HERE and will need an MLSA membership for access.

The information provided on or through this website and its links is for informational purposes only and does not constitute the giving or offering of legal, accounting, technical or other professional advice or counsel.  Although Michigan Lakes & Streams Association, Inc. (“MLSA”) strives to be accurate, errors do occasionally occur. This website (and any information contained hereon or any links hereto) is not a substitute for legal, accounting or other professional advice. Using or accessing this website (or any page, matter or link on this website) does not create an attorney-client relationship or other professional-client relationship.

Copying, distribution or modifications of or to any material or information contained on this site, in any form, is strictly prohibited unless with the prior written permission of MLSA.

Is there any legislation pending in Michigan that could affect Michigan riparians?Download PDF11/1/2019
Hazards to NavigabilityDownload PDF11/1/2019
Local Government TransparencyDownload PDF8/1/2019
WAKE BOATS, AGAIN!Download PDF8/1/2019
What does Marijuana have to do with Lake Living?Download PDF5/1/2019
Lake Parks – A Disappointing Court DecisionDownload PDF5/1/2019
To Disclose or Not to Disclose?Download PDF02/1/2019
Some Key Points regarding Special Assessment Districts for Lakes in MichiganDownload PDF02/1/2019
More on Wake BoatsDownload PDF10/1/2018
Are All Easements and Roads at or Near Lakes Forever?Download PDF10/1/2018
Can a lake association or the local government raise or lower the level of our lake via a dam, impoundment or pump?Download PDF10/1/2018
The Difficulty of Bottomlands Ownership LocationDownload PDF6/1/2018
Twixt the Water and the LandDownload PDF6/1/2018
What is a marina?Download PDF6/1/2018
Do All Riparians Hate Public Lake Access Sites?Download PDF4/1/2018
Important Michigan Court of Appeals DecisionsDownload PDF4/1/2018
The Road End Legislation at Six Years OldDownload PDF4/1/2018
Mooring One’s Boat Over the Riparian Bottomlands of AnotherDownload PDF1/1/2018
Title InsuranceDownload PDF1/1/2017
The Importance of Liability Insurance for RipariansDownload PDF6/1/2017
Short-Term Rentals, Long-Term ConsequencesDownload PDF6/1/2017
Tips for Sellers of Waterfront Property Download PDF4/1/2017
The Freedom to Assemble...Download PDF6/1/2016
The All-Important Purchase/Sales Agreement Download PDF4/1/2016
Has any lake association asked to be taxed as a special assessment district to pay for preservation of the lake frontage or island property? Is this a legal option for an association looking to prevent over-development of their lake?Download PDF4/1/2016
Bottomlands OwnershipDownload PDF10/1/2016
Another Road End Case from the Michigan Court of AppealDownload PDF4/1/2016
Municipalities with No Lake AccessDownload PDF3/21/2016
Road EndsDownload PDF3/21/2016
IncorporationDownload PDF3/21/2016
Weed ControlDownload PDF3/21/2016
Property Drainage IssuesDownload PDF3/21/2016
Trojan HorseDownload PDF3/21/2016
Permit Requirements: Permit MeDownload PDF3/21/2016
Public Access--Rights and RequirementsDownload PDF3/21/2016
Preemption and Local ControlDownload PDF11/1/1997
What to Do About Items Impeding NavagationDownload PDF7/16/1998
Recent Statutes and Current EventsDownload PDF7/16/1998
What Can Be Done About Water SkisDownload PDF8/21/1998
Urban SprawlDownload PDF8/21/1998
What is Navigability?Download PDF8/21/1998
A Modest ProposalDownload PDF8/21/1998
Dock WarsDownload PDF11/1/2000
One Definition of ChutzpahDownload PDF10/8/1998
Lake Access--Keyhole OrdinancesDownload PDF2/1/1999
Dormant Lake Access Devices-Let Sleeping Dogs BeDownload PDF6/8/1999
Survey Stakes on Lake Front LandDownload PDF7/15/1999
What Happens if the Dog Catches the Car?Download PDF10/19/1998
Trepass!Download PDF2/1/2000
Keeping it in the FamilyDownload PDF11/1/2000
Who Pulled the Plug on My Lake?Download PDF11/1/2000
Property BoundariesDownload PDF11/1/2000
Getting in the ZoneDownload PDF4/4/2001
Top 10 Excuses-Are you Kidding Me?Download PDF3/23/2016
Why Funneling is BadDownload PDF3/23/2016
Maximum EnforcementDownload PDF3/23/2016
What Hath Michigan Court of Appeals Wrought?Download PDF3/23/2016
Zoning Tools Affecting RipariansDownload PDF3/23/2016
Riparian Rights and Other Legal MattersDownload PDF11/1/2002
Adverse Possession and Prescriptive EasementsDownload PDF3/23/2016
Recent Cases of InterestDownload PDF5/1/2003
Amicus Curiae BriefsDownload PDF7/7/2003
On Water - Does Anything Go?Download PDF7/8/2003
Michigan Supreme CourtX1/11/2004
The Top Eleven Threats to RipariansX1/11/2004
Lake Front Legal IssuesDownload PDF2/1/2004
Wither Ice Mountain?Download PDF3/23/2016
Pro-Riparian Appellate Cases Regarding Lk. AccessDownload PDF3/23/2016
Current Topics of Interestx4/1/2004
Blueprint to Protect your LakeDownload PDF6/2/2005
Recent Eventsx4/30/2005
Liability ConcernsDownload PDF4/30/2005
Recent Michigan Appellate Cases of InterestDownload PDF4/30/2005
But my Realtor Told Me...Download PDF4/30/2005
Why Insurance is So Important for Lake PropertiesDownload PDF4/30/2005
No More Excuses for MunicipalitiesDownload PDF8/23/2005
The Beach Walker CaseDownload PDF12/2/2005
Associations - What Good Are TheyDownload PDF2/26/2006
New Michigan Appellate CasesDownload PDF5/22/2006
Debunking MythsDownload PDF8/30/2006
Chauvette V OwczarekDownload PDF11/29/2006
Debunking Myths Part IIDownload PDF11/29/2006
Additional Favorable Riparian Appellate CasesDownload PDF3/11/2007
Buyer and Builder BewareDownload PDF5/21/2007
DocksDownload PDF1/2/2008
Odds and EndsDownload PDF1/2/2008
Riparianism for the Great LakesDownload PDF5/1/2008
Wetlands - Not Swampsx5/1/2008
MI Supreme Court Reviews Tomecek Vs BevasDownload PDF7/26/2008
MI Supreme Court Corrects Sunseekers DecisionDownload PDF7/26/2008
Free Lake Weed TreatmentDownload PDF"7/26/2008
MI Court of Appeals on Riparian Boundary LinesDownload PDF" 10/1/2008
Riparians and Estate PlanningDownload PDF10/1/2008
MI Lake Homeowners Assn, Inc V Keeler Townshipx1/3/2009
Am I a Lakefront Property Owner?Download PDF1/3/2009
Two More Pro-Riparian Road End Court Opinionsx4/7/2009
Amicus Curiae Briefs-MLSA & MWAI working for you!Download PDF4/7/2009
Maximum EnforcementDownload PDF4/7/2009
Uh-Oh... Parallel Roads case at Lake Charlevoixx6/1/2009
Montcalm County-Jacobs V Lyon Twp Road End Casex6/17/2009
Yet Another Pro-Riparian CaseDownload PDF9/30/2009
Weed Whackerx2/10/2010
Take Advantage of the PauseDownload PDF9/4/2010
ML&SA and MWA Work for You: Amicus Briefsx9/4/2010
MI Supreme Court to Hear Appeal: Baum V Bable Download PDF9/4/2010
A Clear-cut Riparian Victory in Barry CountyDownload PDF9/4/2010
You Win Some and You Lose SomeDownload PDF9/9/2010
Proposed MI Legislation on Public Trust DoctrineDownload PDF9/9/2010
Important Riparian Appellate CasesDownload PDF9/9/2010
Are Artificial Lakes in Michigan Real?Download PDF9/9/2010
Yours Mine or TheirsDownload PDF9/9/2010
Lk. Property--Tax Assessment: Appeal or Not?Download PDF9/20/2010
Natural Landscaping or Blight?x2/16/2011
To Litigate or Not to Litigate?x1/20/2011
2000 Baum Family Trust v Babel - R.I.P.Download PDF5/4/2011
Dock Permits on MI Lakes Tied to the Great LakesLx5/4/2011
Do I Need a Permit Before Installing My DockDownload PDF12/26/2011
No Good Deed Goes UnpunishedDownload PDF8/24/2011
Two More Interesting Lake Access Easement CasesDownload PDF8/24/2011
Why ML&SA and MWA?Download PDF12/27/2011
Another Court Case that Restricts Lake AccessDownload PDF2/1/2014
What is an Easement? (2014)Download PDF2/1/2014
The Road Ends Problem Solved - AlmostDownload PDF2/1/2014
Of Mosquitoes and Killer Beesx2/1/2014
You Can't Do That -- Deed RestrictionsDownload PDF6/1/2012
The New Public Road Ends at Lakes LawDownload PDF6/1/2012
A New Road End BillDownload PDF1/29/2014
Public Road End Bill is Almost Michigan LawDownload PDF5/1/2012
Limits on Prescriptive Easements-Private Road EndsDownload PDF1/30/2014
Keeping the Family Cottage: New Tax BenefitDownload PDF1/29/2014
Land Gaps at Lakesx1/14/2014
Lake and Lake Access Issuesx5/14/2011
Improper Dock and Boat Moored (Dock Wars)Download PDF1/30/2014
Buying - Selling Waterfront Property-The PitfallsDownload PDF1/1/2012
Beachwalker Case--Some Seven Years HenceDownload PDF5/1/2012
ArmageddonDownload PDF5/1/2012
Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Plats!x1/29/2014
Potpourri 2012Download PDF1/30/2014
Unusual Local, but Helpful, RegulationsDownload PDF1/30/2014
What Riparian Rights Do Canal Property Owners HaveDownload PDF5/1/2012
What Permits Needed to Install a Seawall?Download PDF1/1/2012
Legal for Someone to Build Cottage Blociking ViewDownload PDF10/1/2012
What are Easements? (2013)Download PDF6/1/2013
Can ORV be Driven on Beach?Download PDF10/1/2013
On-Lake RegulationsDownload PDF10/15/2015
Aquatic Assessment DistrictsDownload PDF1/15/2014
You CANNOT Give it AwayDownload PDF4/15/2014
Liability Potential for AssociationsDownload PDF7/15/2014
What is RiparianDownload PDF10/15/2014
What to do About a FreeloaderDownload PDF1/15/2015
Passing the BuckDownload PDF4/15/2015
Artificial Or RealDownload PDF7/15/2015
Bubblers - and we don't mean ChampagneDownload PDF11/1/2000

MLSA Membership


Includes Single Annual Subscription



Annual Subscription for Lake Associations
(Requires MLSA Lake Association Membership)


Multiple Annual Subscriptions



Individual Riparian Magazine Subscription


Single Annual Subscription



Advertise With Us!

Reach a broad Michigan audience with our print and online advertising opportunities.