Ownership of Submerged Lands in Louisiana
INVENTORY OF STATE LANDS OFFICE OF STATE LANDS DIVISION OF ADMINISTRATION (2018)
The state does not have clear title to an estimated 286,467 acres of water bottoms, as private parties also claim ownership of these lands. These “dualclaimed” water bottoms cause several issues, including restricted public access, negative economic impacts, and potentially reduced revenue generating opportunities.
Mestayer, Jacques. “Saving Sportsman’s Paradise: Article 450 and Declaring Ownership of Submerged Lands in Louisiana.” La. L. Rev. 76 (2015): 889.
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