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Government Owned Land

Government Owned (Public) Land

Land which is owned in fee by the government consists of both the land where Somerville Lake is located and the surrounding property. The limits of this public land are defined by the U.S. boundary line, the corners of which are marked by concrete monuments. The boundary markers or monuments are each topped with a bronze cap.

As an Adjacent Landowner, You May:

  1. Apply for a permit to mow or clear underbrush to reduce fire hazard or pest infestation. Upon inspection and approval, restrictions as to method of removal and types of vegetation to be removed will be included in the permit.
  2. Construct a fence to or along the Government boundary line.
  3. Have unlimited pedestrian access to public land except those areas specifically restricted.
  4. Foot trails from private property to the lake's shoreline can also be maintained with approval from the Natural Resource Manager.

As an Adjacent Landowner, You May Not:

  1. Use public lands for any type of private exclusive use, or for commercial purposes.
  2. Place unattended personal property of any kind on public land.
  3. Construct buildings, roads, bridges, improved pathways, or any other facilities on public land.
  4. Restrict public access to public land either verbally, by posting signs, or by any other method.
  5. Operate vehicles of any kind on public land, except on paved roadways and at authorized access points.
  6. Dispose of any type of garbage, debris, or other refuse on public land.
  7. Camp on public land, except in designated areas.
  8. Have fires on public land except in authorized receptacles.
  9. Gather fallen timber for firewood except for use on public lands.
  10. Allow horses, cattle, or other livestock on public land except by lease from the Government or as otherwise permitted.
  11. Destroy, alter, or remove any facility, vegetation, natural or archaeological feature.

For more information contact the Somerville Lake Office .

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