Campsite and Visitor Survey - 2001

The State of Outdoor Recreation in and around Lake Temagami

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VISITOR SURVEY

Recommendations - A

Several options exist to address the management challenges facing the protection of Temagami's interior recreational environment.

General Management Objectives:

(1) Implement an immediate interim management strategy based on this reports findings. The strategy would involve compliance monitoring, public education, visitor use restrictions  and campsite closures, until an official  management strategy or inter- agency agreement is reached.

(2)  The MNR (Ontario Parks) should devise a partnership agreement

( memorandum of understanding) with TLA staff to  provide technical support and resources should it be required. Resources might include wilderness etiquette fliers, closure signs, educational materials, and radio equipment (to allow the dispatch of emergencies information to the authorities, e.g.. fire,  boating accidents, theft, poaching, etc.).

(3) Temagami Township could be  issued a land use permit for Lake Temagami's campsites permitting the collection of user fees to be redirected into maintenance, privy box construction, and compliance monitoring.

(4) The TLA should support a Backcountry Patrol Ranger, to assist and  educate visitors, organize campsite restoration and closures, monitor water quality, liaison with government authorities, report and act on  the complaints of resident cottagers and Youth Camps and follow up on other issues of concern. The use of additional backcountry field personnel ( deputy rangers) should be considered following the implementation of a user-fee system.

Specific Management Objectives:

Addressing the problems of campsite deterioration:

     12%  of campsites should be  closed immediately ( n=42) to prevent further irreversible degradation. Closure signs should be posted  to notify visitors at each of the campsites. ( see map)

     An inventory of the location and condition of privies should be maintained (see survey tables).

     Campsites with  terrestrial fecal levels rated 3 and above, should be targeted for new privy instillation ( see tables).

     Sites with existing privies at over- capacity should have new holes dug. Project- Canoe, Youth CORE projects  and other volunteer organizations should be targeting these sites for clean-up until a formal management structure is implemented (see tables).

     A label should be attached on the inside lid of privy boxes warning against dumping food wastes down the hole.

     Backcountry etiquette hand-outs and laminated signs posted in strategic locations should be installed to educate the traveling public.

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