Water Rights

Contention Over Motorboat Usage on Crooked Lake Leads to 25 years of Litigation

Contention Over Motorboat Usage on Crooked Lake Leads to 25 years of Litigation

In the Sylvania Wilderness of the upper peninsula of Michigan, a few property owners have been squaring off with the United States Forest Service for a quarter century. This contest lead to Herr v. United States Forest Service, the latest in a storied tradition of litigation over Crooked Lake, where the 6th Circuit ruled in favor of the private land owners because the United States Forest Service had over stepped its regulatory authority by restricting motorboat usage.