Allagash Wilderness Waterway: Leave No Trace, Video 8 of 9


WHEN VISITING THE WATERWAY COMMON COURTESY IS A MUST HELP PROTECT THE ALLAGASH WILDERNESS WATERWAY AND REMEMBER YOU ARE A VISITOR TO THIS HISTORIC AND PRISTINE WILDERNESS AREA BE RESPECTFUL OF YOUR SURROUNDINGS LEAVE YOUR CAMPSITE JUST AS YOU FOUND IT STAY ON THE ESTABLISHED PATHS DON’T CHOP DOWN OR MARK UP TREES AND KEEP ALL POTENTIAL CONTAMINANTS OUT OF THE WATER CANOEING AND CAMPING WITHOUT A TRACE ARE SIGNS OF A CONSCIENTIOUS TRAVELER ONE WHO CARES FOR THE ENVIRONMENT TRAVEL LIGHTLY ON THE LAND PLEASE APPLY THE SEVEN PRINCIPLES OF LEAVE NO TRACE WHEN VISITING THE
ALLAGASH WILDERNESS WATERWAY ONE PLAN AHEAD AND PREPARE PROPER TRIP PLANNING AND PREPARATION ENSURES CANOEISTS AND CAMPERS ACCOMPLISH TRIP GOALS
SAFELY AND ENJOYABLY WHILE MINIMIZING DAMAGE TO NATURAL
AND CULTURAL RESOURCES CAMPERS WHO PLAN AHEAD CAN
AVOID UNEXPECTED SITUATIONS AND MINIMIZE THEIR IMPACT BY COMPLYING WITH THE WATERWAY
RULES AND REGULATIONS PROPER PRIOR PLANNING HELPS ENSURE LOW RISK ADVENTURES BECAUSE CAMPERS OBTAIN CRUCIAL
INFORMATION CONCERNING GEOGRAPHY AND WEATHER
AND PREPARE ACCORDINGLY THE ALLAGASH WILDERNESS WATERWAY HAS EIGHTY FIVE OFFICIAL CAMPSITES ALL CAMPSITE ARE FIRST COME FIRST SERVE AND YOU MUST CAMP AT A DESIGNATED SITE THESE CAMP SITES ARE CLEARLY
MARKED WITH TRIANGLE SHAPED SIGNS AND THEY COME EQUIPPED WITH
TABLES, A TARP POLE, AN OUTHOUSE AND A FIRE PLACE IN HIGH USE AREAS LIKE CAMPSITES CAMPERS SHOULD CONCENTRATE THEIR ACTIVITIES WERE VEGETATION IS ALREADY ABSENT MINIMIZE RESOURCE DAMAGE
BY USING EXISTING TRAILS AND BY CAMPING ONLY
AT DESIGNATED CAMPSITES MAKE SURE YOU DISPOSE OF
YOUR WASTE PROPERLY CARRY IN YOUR TRASH AND CARRY IT OUT INSPECT YOUR CAMP SITE FOR
TRASH OR SPILLED FOODS PACK OUT ALL TRASH,
LEFTOVER FOOD AND LITTER THIS PARK IS HERE FOR YOU AND
YOUR FAMILY AND FRIENDS TO ENJOY BE MINDFUL WHILE TRAVELING IN THE WOODS AND ON THE WATERS OF THE ALLAGASH AND DO YOUR BEST TO PROTECT RESOURCES HELP PREVENT CONTAMINATION
OF NATURAL WATER RESOURCES AFTER STRAINING FOOD PARTICLES
PROPERLY DISPOSE OF DISH WATER BY DISPOSING OF THE WATER AT LEAST ONE HUNDRED FEET FROM
SPRINGS STREAMS AND LAKES USE ONLY BIODEGRADABLE SOAP AND WASH DISHES ONE HUNDRED FEET OR MORE FROM ANY WATER SOURCE OUT HOUSES ARE PROVIDED
AT ALL WATERWAY CAMPSITES AND THEY SHOULD BE USED WHENEVER POSSIBLE COMING DOWN THE…..YOU KNOW WHEN YOU’RE WHEN YOU’RE DOING A RIVER TRIP SOMETIMES AH NATURE CALLS IN THAT JUST BECAUSE A CAMPSITE IS OCCUPIED DOESN’T MEAN YOU CAN’T…. YOU KNOW ASK HIM IF YOU COULD JUST RUN
INTO THE OUTHOUSE IT’S NOT A BIG DEAL THE OUTHOUSES ARE THERE FOR EVERYONE WHEN YOU’RE UNABLE TO ACCESS AN OUTHOUSE YOU SHOULD DIG A CAT HOLE
SIX TO EIGHT INCHES DEEP AT LEAST ONE HUNDRED FEET FROM WATER TRAILS AND CAMPSITES THE ALLAGASH WILDERNESS WATERWAY
HAS A RICH HISTORY ALLOW OTHERS A SENSE OF DISCOVERY PRESERVE THE PAST LEAVES ROCKS, PLANTS,
ARCHAEOLOGICAL ARTIFACTS AND RELICS FROM THE LUMBERING ERA
AS YOU FIND THEM IT IS ILLEGAL TO REMOVE ARTIFACTS
FROM THE ALLAGASH WILDERNESS WATERWAY OPEN FIRES ARE
ALLOWED ONLY IN THE FIREPLACES FOUND AT THE
DESIGNATED CAMPSITES CAMPERS SHOULD KEEP FIRES SMALL AND CONSTANTLY TENDED BEFORE LEAVING YOUR CAMP FIRE DROWN IT IN WATER AND STIR UNTIL YOU CAN PLACE YOUR
HANDS IN THE ASHES CUT ONLY DEAD OR DOWNED WOOD FOR FUEL WHEN POSSIBLE BURN ALL WOOD TO ASH
AND REMOVE ALL UNBURNED TRASH AND FOOD FROM THE FIREPLACE ALLAGASH VISITORS HAVE A THOUGHTFUL TRADITION OF LEAVING ENOUGH DRY FIREWOOD SO THAT THE NEXT CAMPERS CAN START A FIRE LIGHT WEIGHT CAMP STOVES MAKE LOW IMPACT CAMPING POSSIBLE BY ENCOURAGING A SHIFT AWAY FROM FIRES CAMPERS ARE STRONGLY ENCOURAGED TO KEEP A SAFE DISTANCE FROM ANIMALS BE RESPECTFUL AND CAUTIOUS AND OBSERVE WILDLIFE FROM AFAR PLEASE BE MINDFUL AND CONSIDERATE
OF OTHER VISITORS TO THE PARK SELECT A CAMP SITE FAR AWAY
ENOUGH FROM OTHER CAMPERS TO HELP ENSURE THEY EXPERIENCE THE
PEACEFUL QUIET SOLITUDE OF THE ALLAGASH TRAVEL AND CAMP IN GROUPS
NO LARGER THAN TWELVE PEOPLE THIS PARK IS HERE FOR YOU AND
YOUR FAMILY AND FRIENDS TO ENJOY BE MINDFUL WHILE TRAVELING IN THE WOODS
AND ON THE WATERS OF THE ALLAGASH AND DO YOUR BEST TO PROTECT RESOURCES AND MINIMIZE YOUR IMPACT ON THE ENVIRONMENT

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