- Alaska Statutes.
- Title 38. Public Land
- Chapter 5. Alaska Land Act
- Section 126. Navigable and Public Water.
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. Access to Navigable or Public Water.
AS 38.05.126. Navigable and Public Water.
- (a) The people of the state have a constitutional right to free access to and use of the navigable or public water of the
- (b) The state has full power and control of all of the navigable or public water of the state, both meandered and
unmeandered, and the state holds and controls all navigable or public water in trust for the use of the people of the
- (c) Ownership of land bordering navigable or public water does not grant an exclusive right to the use of the water and a
right of title to the land below the ordinary high water mark is subject to the rights of the people of the state to
use and have access to the water for recreational purposes or other public purposes for which the water is used or
capable of being used consistent with the public trust.
- (d) This section may not be construed to affect or abridge valid existing rights or create a right or privilege of the
public to cross or enter private land.
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