Lousiana Water Body Ownership
“What determines if a water body in the U.S state of Louisiana is public or private?”
Louisiana was a French and Spanish colony until it entered the United States in 1812. Before this time, all navigable water bodies were deemed to be for the public’s benefit. Once it became a state, all water bodies that were navigable by 1812 were still considered public property, but water bodies that became navigatable after were now considered private. This is what determines Lousiana Water Body Ownership.