Jackson River Privatization Update

Beau Beasley continues his coverage of public water access in a section of Virginia’s Jackson River, exploring two anglers’ claims that they were fishing land that “state-printed materials told them they could do so.” Beasley notes, “The landowners in this case clearly believe that they have an exclusive claim, and they might even be correct. But instead of petitioning the state and following proper channels—onerous as they often are—to recognize their claim to the river bottom, they have opted to sue individual anglers.”

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  • Benfishing

    I live in the Alleghany Highlands and am deeply saddened and embarrassed in the manner the landowners have handled this case. For years these waters have been fished with no problem. The state DOES have these waters marked as publicly wadable and fishable. As of yesterday anyway! I support private land rights. I support fishing public waters. I don’t support trying to make public waters private by claiming Kings Grant rights where they do not apply. I can only hope the courts see through the bill of goods the landowners were sold.