Re: I need everyones help on this one!!!
I'm not too sure how this ones going to play out. But I can make a few things clear (maybe).
Bingham is private property. The DOW stocks that lake under the condition that it remain open to the public. This is the reason you can fish at the lake without being required to have a fishing license in your possesion.
I have no idea about whether or not keeping the lake open to boating is part of the land owners agreement with DOW or not.
The only thing I can think to reccomend is this...
Contact the land owner and find out what his position is on whether or not he still allows boats on the water, and if he says he does then tell anyone else who harrasses you to go find something better to do with their time. If he says he does not, then he probably has that right. You can contact the DOW and try to find information about his contract with the DOW to see if it requires that he keep the lake open for boating, but I'd bet he is not required to do so.
Just because a private lake is open to the public for fishing, does not mean that people can just do whatever they want on that private property. If I recall, there are signs posted at the lake, as well as mention on the website, that say the lake is open to boats with electric motors only, as long as that sign still exists, I'd continue useing the lake for boating, and telling anyone who harrasses you about it to go mind their own business.