Primitive Camping Guidelines and Ethics
Primitive campers spending no more than 1 night at a campsite
do not need a Camping Permit. However, a Camping
Permit is required if:
1) you desire an emergency
2) you stay at a campsite more than
3) a campfire is desired during
spring or fall fire seasons;
4) you camp using a vehicle for
storage or transportation;
5) you are “group camping”; or,
6) you camp within the Pine Creek
Gorge / Canyon in Tiadaghton or Tioga State Forests.
A Camping Permit will not be issued to anyone under the age of 18.
When planning and starting your
camping trip, you must: check with the local forest district office to
determine where to camp OR if designated dispersed campsites are available;
bring sacks to carry out your trash; take a light trowel to help with personal
sanitation; carry a small basin for washing; and, let someone know of your
Take a little extra time to select your campsite. Make sure it’s a
well-drained area and where you don’t need to clear vegetation. Keep your
If more than 10 people are in
your group, a Letter of Authorization is required, in addition to a Camping
Permit, from the District Forester 30 days prior to the date of camping.
All camping should be at least 100 feet from any stream or
open water source.
Wash yourself, your dishes and your clothes using a
container. Washing in a spring, lake or waterway is prohibited. Dispose of
waste water at least 200 feet from water resources.
All campsites must be at least 25
feet from the nearest edge of a trail, and the camp should be out of sight of
the trail where possible.
Deposit solid human waste in cat
holes dug 4-6 inches deep at least 200 feet from water, camp, and trails.
Cover and disguise the cat hole when finished. Self-contained portable toilets
are encouraged and may be required to be used at designated dispersed
Use of camp stoves is encouraged.
Small campfires for cooking and warming purposes are permitted EXCEPT when the
fire danger is high, very high or extreme and from March 1 to May 25 and from
October 1 to December 1, unless authorized on a Camping Permit. Put your fire
OUT COLD and scatter the stone fire rings at “new”, non-designated dispersed
campsites before leaving. Leave stone fire rings intact at established and
designated dispersed campsites.
Only downed and dead wood within the
immediate campsite may be gathered for firewood. Collect only the amount
needed for your stay. Power saws are not permitted without a Fuelwood Permit.
Cutting, picking, digging, damaging
or removing living or dead plant material is prohibited. Edible wild plants
may be gathered for one’s own personal or family consumption.
Horses may not be tied to trees.
Horse manure must be scattered at
least 100 feet from the campsite.
All trash and refuse must be carried
out. Leave the camping area better than you found it.
Respect other visitors and let
nature’s sounds prevail. If you bring pets, keep them quiet and under control
at all times.
There are no modern facilities, water, dump stations or utility hook-ups on
State Forest lands.
It’s Carry In—Carry Out
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