Who owns the lake bed?

Check out this link to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources’ Water Law Basics and ’Pardon Me Myth! - Who Owns the Lake Bed?

Minnesota has riparian water rights. People can be anywhere on the water as long as they gained access to the water legally. Even if the land under the water is privately owned, the water above it is available to anyone owning shoreland. Where the public is a riparian landowner, such as a public road or at a public access, the public has riparian rights. 

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1. The surface of my lake or pond appears green. What is it?
2. Are motor boats allowed on lakes, ponds, and streams?
3. Does my dock need a permit?
4. Can swimming pool water be pumped into the street and/or the storm sewer?
5. What is done to control mosquitoes?
6. I have new sod or recently seeded my lawn. Can I water it daily?
7. Do residential lakeshore property owners pay higher taxes than non-lakeshore property owners?
8. Who owns the lake bed?
9. Who manages the flow of Minnehaha Creek?
10. Do I need a permit to install a fountain?
11. Purple Loosestrife - what should you know and what can you do?