Leave No Trace Principles

  • There are seven (7) principles:
    • Plan Ahead and Be Prepared
      • Learn about river-specific issues, regulations, and permits.
      • Use river guidebook and map to plan your trip.
      • Schedule your trip so that you encounter appropriate river flows for your group’s ability.
      • Schedule your visit to avoid times of high use; visit in small groups.
      • Repackage food to minimize waste.
      • Know river skills and carry necessary equipment to minimize your impact.
    • Travel and Camp on Durable Surfaces
      • Camp only at designated campsites.
      • Durable surfaces include rock, gravel, and sand.
      • Focus activity where vegetation is absent.
      • Concentrate use on existing trails and campsites.
      • Select campsites large enough for your group.
      • Leave campsites clean and natural looking.
      • When on day hikes in the river corridor, walk single file in the middle of the trail, even when muddy.
      • In pristine areas, disperse use to prevent creation of new trails or campsites.
    • Dispose of Waste Properly
      • Pack it in, pack it out.
      • Use washable, reusable toilet or other approved method to pack out human waste, toilet paper and tampons.  http://www.cleanwaste.com/wag-bag
      • Liquid wastes can be dumped into main current in many high volume (over 500 cfs) rivers.  In low volume rivers, scatter liquid waste 200 ft. from water, campsites, and trails.
      • Urinating directly into the river is often the best option.
      • Use a tarp in the kitchen to catch food and trash.
      • Pack out all small food particles and trash.
    • Leave What you Find
      • Appreciate ancient structures, artifacts, rock art, and other natural objects, but leave them undisturbed.
      • Do not build structures or dig trenches in campsites.
      • Avoid introducing non-native species, including live bait, by cleaning equipment between trips.
    • Minimize Campfire Impacts
      • Minimize campfire impacts by using camp stoves.
      • Use a fire pan or designated fire ring for open fires and charcoal.
      • Elevate fire pan and use fire blanket to catch embers.
      • Use dead and downed wood.
      • Consider bringing your own firewood.
      • Burn all wood and charcoal to ash.  Carry out ash with other garbage.
    • Respect Wildlife
      • Observe wildlife from a distance.  Do not follow or approach them.
      • Never feed wildlife; it damages their health, alters natural behaviors, and exposes them to predators and other dangers.
      • Protect wildlife by storing food and trash securely.
      • Control pets or leave them at home.
      • Avoid wildlife during sensitive times: mating, nesting, or when food is scarce.
    • Be Considerate of Others
      • Respect other visitors and protect the quality of their experience.
      • Communicate with other river visitors about your floating and camping plans.
      • Leave larger campsites for large groups, or share the space.
      • Avoid camping or eating near major rapids where scouting and portaging take place.
      • Non-motorized crafts usually have right-of-way over powerboats; slower boats should keep to the right.
      • Downstream boat has right-of-way.
      • Let nature’s sounds prevail.

More information on Leave No Trace Camping visit their website: www.lnt.org

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