Campsite and Visitor Survey - 2001
Lake Temagami and Vicinity
Recommendations - B
standards would be upheld by:
• A can and bottle ban.
• The prohibition of chainsaws in or around campsites.
• The continued cooperation of resident youth camps to reduce litter should be encouraged and reinforced.
• Restricting group sizes to a maximum of 8 individuals per site. (Large canoe groups exceeding this number should divide the group at the end of a day among neighboring campsites).
• Forbidding the use of open fires on island campsites. Open fires deplete limited fuel wood causing islands to become denuded. ( A secondary benefit is that island sites would become less used by campers who prefer open fires).
• Campsites where numerous campfires have been built should be installed with fire-rings. Etiquette standards should restrict camp fires to fire rings when they are available.
• Encouraging the use of a large tin can in which toilet paper can be burned after privy use.
Bathroom sink left at campsite on Cross Lake.
Photo: Ian Huggett
|[*Note: Reinstating management responsibilities by the MNR while desirable remains unlikely following the withdrawal of the local Temagami MNR office in the mid-1990s . Until the jurisdiction to manage campsites is transferred ( ex. memorandum of understanding) to the Town of Temagami or the TLA , etiquette guidelines remain discretionary and compliance monitoring remains educational in nature. However, once an agreement is reached with the provincial authorities on the transfer of management responsibilities, etiquette standards would become mandatory. Often a phasing- in component is desirable to accustom visitors to changes already prevalent in outdoor recreational environments throughout the province].|
Reducing Crowding on Popular Canoe
• The implementation of a mandatory backcountry camping fee collected at major access points should reduce the large numbers of commercial youth camps currently entering Temagami from southern Ontario. The majority of these organizations including Scouts Canada, YMCA, and Youth at Risk organizations often choose Temagami as a tripping destination to avoid the entrance fees collected at operating provincial parks in Ontario. (Camping fees are now $8.00/night. in Algonquin Park).
A permit system charging a nominal fee ( $3-5.00)
will allow a visitor's trip inventory to be recorded. Should it
become apparent that certain routes are becoming saturated, an advisory
can be posted outside the permit office identifying high use areas. This
will allow incoming groups the option of avoiding these routes and
selecting an alternative
itinerary. This method of reducing congestion has already proven extremely
successful in other jurisdictions ( Studies in Outdoor Recreation, R.E.
• Temagami youth camps, and outfitters would pay a set annual contribution ( ex. $200-600) towards managing the region's campsites. While the visitor survey reveals a willingness to implement a user pay system, implementing a quota system did not receive equal support. The informational strategy described above is likely to make imposed user limits unnecessary.
Maps and information herein are not intended for navigational use, and are not represented to be correct in every respect.
All pages intended for reference use only, and all pages are subject to change with new information and without notice.
The author/publisher accepts no responsibility or liability for use of the information on these pages.
Wilderness travel and canoeing possess inherent risk.
It is the sole responsibility of the paddler and outdoor traveler to determine whether he/she is qualified for these activities.
Copyright © 2000-2014 Brian Back. All rights reserved.
We do not endorse and are not responsible for the content of any linked document on an external site.