Riparian Owner Law and Legal Definition

A riparian owner refers to a person who owns land bounding upon a river, lake, or other water course.

The following is an example of a case law on riparian owner:

The right of a riparian owner to have the water retained in its original state is qualified by the right of other riparian owners to make a reasonable use of the water, even if such use results in some damage to the complainant. The riparian owner has well defined rights in the water and soil below low-water mark and becomes owner of land attached to his property by recession of the water. The private riparian rights extend to any use of the water and soil not inconsistent with the public right. [Meyers v. Lafayette Club, 197 Minn. 241, 248 (Minn. 1936)].