Lake Oswego Real Estate Riperian Rights And Oswego Lake Rights

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Riperian Rights

Every real estate agent will tell you that all the questions on the real estate exam when they obtained their license have nothing to do with actually selling real estate. Most agents remember that 43,560 sq. ft. = an acre and not much else from their exam.

One of those topics I remember from licensing 40 years ago is riperian rights. In fact, riperian, or water rights, have been an issue I’ve had to deal with in many sales I’ve made along bodies of water or when houses sit next to water.

Just because you own property that abuts to water, is on water or close to water, you may not own the rights to actually ever use the water.

Do You Have Water Rights?

On one of our hot days recently, I visited with some clients to whom I sold a house along a creek a while back. We got to talking about their “riperian” rights. I’ve sold houses with riperian rights to other clients as well but this one was a little different.

During the course of the sale, my buyers went to the appropriate county and state offices to find out if they had riperian rights. They obtained their proper paperwork showing they indeed not only had water rights but they were allowed to fish and pump water from the creek and they owned to the middle of the creek. The property at one time had an older home and sat on a large tract of land. That large tract of land had water rights. However, that piece of property was subdivided into several other pieces and those other parcels did not receive any water rights. The water rights stayed with the original parcel and with the original owner.

Obtaining Necessary Permits

The State of Oregon Water Resources Board is the agency that enforces, permits and restricts water rights. Landowners with water flowing past, through, or under their property do not automatically have the right to use that water without a permit. And in fact, the owners of those smaller parcels are not only using water but are pumping water and fishing the creek illegally if they don’t have the required permits.

Oswego Lake

Oswego Lake in Lake Oswego is managed by the Lake Corporation.

The Lake Oswego Corporation (LOC) is an organization of lake residents that manages the 415-acre Oswego Lake and its lakefront properties. The LOC is responsible for safety, water quality, maintenance, boat and operator licensing, lakefront building permits, and special events. Oswego Lake is a private lake and just because you live in Lake Oswego, does not mean you have access to the Lake or the right to use it.

The Lake Corporation owns 20 lakeside properties, dedicated easements, that supply deeded lake access privileges to over 3,000 homeowners in the surrounding area. Each easement is governed by its own individual set of by-laws and has its own volunteer board of directors. Facilities and rate structures vary from easement to easement. Before purchasing a property in Lake Oswego, you should confirm whether your property is eligible and to find out which easement(s) you are entitled to join.

Also, when you purchase a Oswego lake front property, there is a one-time $5,000 Lake Corp transfer fee plus yearly Lake Corp fees.

Do You Have A Lake Easement?

Your property, even if not directly on Oswego Lake, may have a lake easement or in some cases, several easements.  Each easement is different and may include only a picnic site, access, swim, etc. easement.

I have recently heard that there have been several buyers who recently purchased Lake Oswego real estate thinking they had the right to use Oswego Lake when in fact they didn’t.  The main reason they purchased the property was to be able to put their boat on the lake. When purchasing Oswego Lake property, make sure you check to determine not only if you have the right to use the lake or if you have an easement, and the type of easement you can enjoy.

Current Easement Association Information

ALDER POINT CLUB
BLUE HERON EASEMENT
BRYANT PARK
FOREST HILLS EASEMENT
GOODIN EASEMENT
LAKEVIEW RECREATION
LAKEWOOD BAY COMMUNITY CLUB
LAKEWOOD YACHT CLUB
MAPLE CIRCLE EASEMENT
NORTH LAKE CLUB EASEMENT
OSWEGO LAKE VILLAS
OSWEGO SHORE ESTATES
PALISADES PARK
SOUTH SHORE GLEN
SOUTHVIEW CLUB
SPRINGBROOK EASEMENT
SUMMIT COURT EASEMENT
UPLANDS EASEMENT
VILLAGE ON THE LAKE
WOODSIDE CIRCLE

 Oswego Lake Swim Parks

Lake Grove Swim Park

SEARCH FOR REAL ESTATE

There are links above to search for real estate.  I have a new website where you can search or you can use my mobile phone app as well. My website and mobile app provide you with access to all listings available on the RMLS™ system regardless of who the listing agent or brokerage may be. Listings are updated frequently throughout the day giving you the information you need, when you need it.

Thinking of Selling Your Lake Oswego Home?

Prices are increasing at a fast pace in Lake Oswego. Interest rates are still low and there is a huge pool of buyer demand. I have ready, willing and able buyers ready to purchase your home. If you want to know the value of your home in today’s real estate market, please call me at 503-804-9685.

Moving to Lake Oswego?

Want to know more about Lake Oswego? I’d love to be your buyer’s agent, please give me a call at 503-804-9685.

I have worked in Lake Oswego as a Real Estate Broker since 1978 and have lived in Lake Oswego since 1988 and know all the neighborhoods! The real estate market is “hot” here in the Portland metro area and Lake Oswego. I am ready to assist you with all your real estate needs! “There is no substitute for experience.”

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