Ravell Call, Deseret News
FILE - Doug Sears fishes on the Weber River near Peterson, Thursday, Nov. 5, 2015. Anglers scored a key legal victory when the Utah Supreme Court ruled that a 1-mile stretch of the Weber River will remain open even where it winds through private property.

OGDEN — Anglers scored a key legal victory when the Utah Supreme Court ruled that a 1-mile stretch of the Weber River will remain open even where it winds through private property.

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In the Tuesday ruling, the state Supreme Court found the stretch is "navigable water" because people used it float railroad ties and mine timbers about a century ago, the Standard-Examiner reports.

The Utah Stream Access Coalition had worked to get access since 2010. Coalition President Kris Olson said in a statement the ruling ensures rivers that are part of the state's heritage are secured for future generations.

Private landowners on the other side of the legal battle argued the waters aren't "navigable" because they were never used for passenger travel.