It's a long story but ill keep it short. I fished a stream in NW michigan tonight. This stream has a ton of fisherman, it is well known, and it has been declared that it was navigable. So, I drove to the bridge ,walked down river and started fishing. I was unaware of Michigan laws, I am a transplant trout hunter from Montana, and I thought the High water mark was the legal access, so I was walking the bank, where the grass was clearly pushed down from the spring floods, and I thought the few feet on the low side of the river were always allowed to walk through while respecting the land owner. Dude shows up, clicking photos, threatening to call the state cops, yata yata. We argue about it. I again, thought the high water mark was legal, and he told me to stay in the stream. After we both calmed down, I kept fishing, while staying in the water. I was fishing streamers downriver...but my question is, when I walk back, don't I have a legal right to walk along the stream on the bank, as walking up river, with the force of the water, and exhaustion could be considered a hazard. At the end of the arguing with the dude, he started yelling that, the DNR is a joke, they took his land, when he bought his house it said private river, then ten years ago things changed, and now he is fighting the DNR that they took his land and they haven't re paid him for anything. I don't know, just seemed weird, and I didn't know who was in the right/wrong. That being said, I hooked a MONSTER brown trout, and screw the guy, I pay tons of taxes in the same county running the old family farm, and this stream is 15 mins from the house, and it is perfect for me to get on for an hour or two a week. Any help is awesome, thanks guys!