CHOOSING
A TENT SITE

Here are some helpful things to keep in mind when planning your next camping adventure. Remember to stay safe and have fun!
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Choosing a tent site is an important aspect of low-impact backcountry use. A decision about where to camp should be based on information about the level and type of use in the area, the fragility of vegetation and soil, the likelihood of wildlife disturbance, an assessment of previous impacts, and your party’s potential to cause or avoid impact.

Whenever possible, use established campsites or camp on durable surfaces that won’t be as easily damaged. If you must move objects, like logs or rocks, return everything to its original spot before you leave. Camping 200 feet away from the water’s edge is recommended because it allows access routes for wildlife. Overall, keep in mind that good campsites are found, not made. Altering a site is not usually necessary.

For your safety, it is always best to pitch your tent away from dead or decaying trees. Avoid camping near lone trees and other likely lightning targets. You should also try to find a site that’s located away from low-lying places that could flood, such as the banks of shallow rivers.

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