We were fishing a good size lake today from a canoe that branches off into another section. A guy in a new house on the lake said he owns that section and we couldn't be on the water (Mind you we fished this lake for 6 years before he built his house with no problems). The entire lake it connected and there are woods and some houses surrounding the banks.
We said he doesn't own the water, only the land where his house is on it and we have permission to access the lake from our friends on the other side. He said that wasn't true and that he owns a large section of land around the lake near his house AND a section of the lake itself. When we didn't move far enough away from his house, he actually paddled a canoe over to us and told us where he owned the lake to.
He threatened to call the cops on us at which point we decided to drop it and move.
Can you actually own a section of a lake in NJ, or is this guy just a total J/O.
I'd love to hear from property attorney on this one if there are any here.