Campsite and Visitor Survey - 2001

The State of Outdoor Recreation in and around Lake Temagami

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Three hundred and forty eight (348) campsites were evaluated in the Temagami area using eight  criteria; (1) soil loss, (2) degree of ground vegetation loss (3) root damage, (4) vandalized trees, (5) litter/garbage, (6) amount of human feces, (7) number of appliances and (8) the presence/condition of  privies. Two hundred and  eighty four (284) of these sites are identified on the region's recreational maps. The remaining 164 ( or 43% of all sites) are "unofficial" unmarked sites.

Of the total number of  campsites  investigated ( e.g. 348),  only  47 ( or 13%) had legitimate privy boxes installed. Twenty one ( 21) of these privy boxes ( 45% ) had reached ground level and required maintenance.  Fourteen (14) privies ( 30% ) were at over capacity, forcing visitors to defecate outside the box.

Twenty five (25) campsites ( 7% of total ) had make-shift privies. The most common variety was two cut poles nailed horizontally on either side of a mature tree, with/or without a toilet seat attached.

In short, the vast majority of privy boxes were discovered to be at or above capacity  (35 out of 47 or 75%) and required emptying or new holes dug. Only twelve (12) functional boxes were encountered at the completion of the study period. Thus, only 3% of campsites in the Temagami area had functional privy boxes  up to standard.

Forty two (42)  or 12% of campsites showed signs of severe degradation with a combination of:

(a) - Permanent soil loss or compaction, with ground vegetation removal ( see photo #11 Cross Lake).

(b) - Dead or dying  dominant shade trees ( see photo#12 Sharp Rock Inlet)).

(c) - Fecal matter distributed over half the site ( Photo #13 Kokoko Lake).

(d) - Substantial waste ( e.g. abandoned dump) present on site.

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