We live near a lake and there is a strip of land that I found out by going to our county office and having them look into it and found out this 20 foot wide strip of land (that a few of us use because we don't have lake front land) is owned by the state and is public land and one of the neighbors claims its on his deed (as he was told by the person he bought the house from) but it does not say on his deed that he has lake rights or lake access (the county told me that it would have to say that on his deed) all it says on his deed is he has excess and easement (and the county told me that the property was land locked and that allowed access to cross another property to get to the road. I also went to our town and inquired about the public land we have been using for the last 22 yearsand they said they new nothing about the land and they seamed surprised when I told them I went to the county and was told the 20 foot strip of land that goes to the lake was public access land. We where told when we bought our house 22 years ago that the piece of land going to the water was access that came with our house. Can the neighbor clam the land as his? And how can we make sure we will be able to use it for years to come?