I too have gone solidly on the side of protecting one’s property from trespassers. Not that I knowingly trespassed before, but now owning a nice chunk of land that for decades was trespassed through to access other land that was also not for public access, we began augmenting the existing fencing and gates and signs, and have added more locks. We have to constantly keep an eye on things, because with the ubiquitous unlimited spreading of often-wrong maps and other information, the potential for harm has exploded: there is always a fresh crop of both the clueless and the deliberate trespassers.
The problem is not specific to either water or paddlers. It is the growing attitude that the the general public is entitled to go anywhere they or their ancestors ever went, regardless of land status or the fact that present owners bought private property, fair and square.
Add to the entitlement attitude the Look At Me! I Was There! selfie-wielding peacockery all over the ‘net, and THEN the COVID-vacationers last year, and it sometimes feels like an invasion of the bored crawling all over anything that is “in the boonies” or at least not in a suburb. Both on land and water.
Last year and this year, our region and many other “rural” areas began getting ever greater numbers of people fleeing densely-populated areas, looking to buy property in a kneejerk reaction to the pandemic.
Just wait to see the fallout when they start biching about no high-speed Internet, dirt roads, no malls, little foofoo and fluffy getting eaten by wild critters, bears raiding the trash bins they are supposed to put out ONLY the morning of pickup (if any), mail delivery not available on the road they live on, “no streetlights” (SHEESH), etc etc.
Before making such a big, expensive, lifestyle-changing purchase/move, people need to SLOW DOWN, THINK, and let the pandemic-caused flight reaction pass. The last thing anybody wants is for the mobs to ruin the very things that brought them out.
In the case of waterfront owners allowing a few and occasional and leave-no-trace water travelers on the beach, the idiotic mobs will cause such indulgences to be revoked if at all possible.
Specific to oceanfront property, there were one or two places in WA where the owners had grandfathered rights to the entire beach down to the water, regardless of level. One of these places was a commercial campground with a great beach and even some surf. The fee they charged for day use was so reasonable I gladly paid it, because this beach was kept CLEAN (no litter, no dogs allowed on it), while the nearby public beach and campground drew more than a few visitors that were—call it what it is—dirtbags. That public beach was also gorgeous, but it was more crowded, and the dirtbag factor made some nondirtbaggies hesitate about parking or camping there.