Photo: Tonawanda Creek is public property
Submitted by Howard Owens on June 12, 2011 - 9:31pm
Earlier today, reader Kyle Couchman posted a comment about seeing a man chase a group of boys who were fishing from the banks of the Tonawanda Creek, near the Walnut Street footbridge.
The man, according to Couchman, claimed he owned the bit of creek bank the boys were on.
But according to the County's GIS parcel map, just about every inch of the Tonawanda Creek is public property.
Its path through the city is owned by Batavia and includes a few feet of creek bank (and in some places, such as near the footbridge, it includes slightly more).
Of course, that doesn't mean you can trespass on private property to get to the banks, but if you are on the banks, you're on public property.
This evening, for my bike ride, I thought I'd go to the spot Kyle described and guess who I found fishing there? That's Kyle above, rod in hand, and bragging that he'd already snagged a couple of nice fish. But nobody had tried chasing him off, either.