If you are headed out into the woods for a weekend of off-the-grid camping, keep in mind these camping etiquette tips:

  • Leave No Trace: If everyone does their part, we can keep our forests clean!
  • Drown Your Fire: Take a cue from Smokey the Bear and make sure that your fire is completely out before leaving your site. Never leave a fire unattended! Before you embark on your camp-out, be sure to check for any fire restrictions that may be in place.
  • Contain Your Food: Wildlife is great to look at from a distance, but the last thing you want is baby bear rifling through your snack bin. Keep food in coolers or containers and consider putting them in the car when you are away from camp or overnight.
  • Control Your Dog: When you are in the backcountry, dogs generally get to be off leash, but that doesn’t mean they shouldn’t be under your control at all times. If hiking, please be aware of other trail users, especially those with pack animals. In the presence of pack (or wild) animals, grab your dogs leash/collar and prevent barking.
  • Respect The Need For Space: When you want to get away from it all, the last thing you need is for another group to set up camp right next to you. General etiquette suggests that if another group is in the area, put as much distance as possible between you and the surrounding campsites.

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