Okay, so I live in Orlando, and got wind of a local freshwater canal that holds some fish, just something quick to get to without having to take the skiff out. Deal is, the canal backs a bunch of homes. Now, it is a good bit away from the back of the houses, probably a good 30-40 foot, but they are still there. What I am wondering is, do folks that do not live there, have access to the water? And is it legal for me to be walking along the canal, or is it violating some property laws? When I was in High School, I lived in Southwest Florida, and fished a lake in the middle of a development. Would start in a specific spot, and work my way around the lake, and it would be the same situation as this, basically, right behind someone's home, but close to the water's edge. I was young, and didn't give it a second thought. But now, obviously, I want to be more clear on the issue. I don't intend to be raising hell out there, and I think that generally people really wouldn't mind, but if I get the one homeowner who wants to complain, I simply want to have the knowledge to back it up. I thought I had heard somewhere about an easement of some sort, that is basically state owned or whatnot, I could be wrong, and probably am. But hopefully you folks understand what I am saying. No docks, really only a drainage canal. So, anyone have any idea? Steve Ninja edit: Yes, I can access the canal by the roadway, I do not need to walk through somebody's front yard. Just wanted to clarify.