Serving Truckee, Sacramento, Reno, Tahoe City, South Lake Tahoe, and Roseville, Call: 530-214-0385

Real estate disputes: Fishermen claim easement over couple's land

California has its own laws regarding property issues, as does every other state. When two or more parties differ in their interpretations of existing agreements, real estate disputes sometimes arise. That's what happened in another state to a family who happens to own property near a popular local fishing spot on the river.

A man built his family a home near the river in 2011. However, he and his wife noticed that many people were driving pickup trucks across a particular strip of their land to access the river and haul loads of fish they caught out of the area. The couple believed the constant vehicle activity would contaminate the land (and perhaps, the water) and was damaging the property they believed they owned.

The homeowner tried to rectify the situation by posting a sign that stated vehicles were only welcome if they transported elderly or disabled occupants. The man said he and his wife had no problem with people walking to and from the river to fish. The situation wound up in litigation, and at one point, the couple is said to have placed  a boulder in the path that the trucks used to get to the water.

The particular fishing location in question is apparently of significant historical value in the area; natives have reportedly been going there to fish for thousands of years. Alaska state law (which is where the events transpired) grants an easement on property that is accessed without permission for 10 years. A California property owner currently facing real estate disputes may reach out for support by requesting a consultation with an experienced attorney who can advocate on the owner's behalf, particularly if the situation leads to litigation.

Source:, "What if things go wrong in a real estate transaction?", Meghan Webber, July 29, 2017

No Comments

Leave a comment
Comment Information
Set up an Initial Consultation »

Need Our Help?

Contact us today to set up an initial consultation with an attorney in Truckee, Sacramento, South Lake Tahoe, or Reno. We can be reached at 530-214-0385. Or send us an email.

Bold labels are required.

Contact Information

The use of the Internet or this form for communication with the firm or any individual member of the firm does not establish an attorney-client relationship. Confidential or time-sensitive information should not be sent through this form.


Privacy Policy

Office Locations – For an Appointment, Call 530-214-0385

Truckee Office
10280 Donner Pass Road
Truckee, CA 96161

Phone: 530-214-0385
Fax: 530-214-8158
Truckee Law Office Map

Sacramento Office
1830 15th Street
Suite 100
Sacramento, CA 95811

Phone: 530-214-0385
Fax: 916-848-3500
Map & Directions

Reno Office
527 S. Arlington Avenue
Reno, NV 89509

Phone: 530-214-0385
Fax: 775-201-1444
Map & Directions

South Lake Tahoe/Zephyr Cove
212 Elks Point Road
Suite 553
Zephyr Cove, NV 89448

Phone: 530-214-0385
Fax: 775-201-1444
Map & Directions

Incline Village/Crystal Bay
22 State Highway 28
Crystal Bay, NV 89402

Fax: 775-201-1444
Map & Directions

Truckee High Street Office
10343 High Street
Suite One
Truckee, CA 96161

Fax: 530-587-0707
Map & Directions

Chico Office
2585 Ceanothus Avenue
Suite 178
Chico, CA 95973

Phone: 530-214-0385
Fax: 530-267-3933
Map & Directions