Camping In The National Forests

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Camping is a fun activity for a family or single people to enjoy. Many people go camping to escape from city life and enjoy the outdoors and wildlife. Most people use a camper or a tent to camp in. There are many different campgrounds around the state. They are in the National Forests, around lakes and rivers and many other places. A lot of people go camping in late spring, summer and early fall, after or before those times it may be too cold to camp outdoors in Montana. Going on a camping trip the first thing is to decide if a camper or a tent is the right shelter to stay in. Before heading off into the great outdoors a brochure of campgrounds of the area you are going to, a map to get there, a vehicle to pull the camper or hold all the camping equipment. Money is important to pay for a camping site and for gas to get there. When packing, a few good things to remember are bedding, food, warm clothing, hiking shoes, and bug spray, a cooler to keep food in, water and other drinks, wood, matches to light the fire, if fires are prohibited bring a grill and lighting, and a couple flashlights. There are always campground hosts at the camp sites. Information for this camping trip include the campground rules, maps, list of hiking trails, and a list of extra activities. Other activities to take part in while camping are hiking, fishing, white water rafting if near a river, boating, trail rides, relaxing, and sight seeing. Things that interfere with camping are the gas prices, the desire to stay in cabins or in motels in the surrounding towns. Campgrounds are only open at certain times of the year. The desired outcome of camping is to get away from busy town life, relax, and spend quality time with family.

Juridic Controls
If you are going camping in National forests there are many rules you have to obey. They are the written and unwritten rules of camping. Most of the regulations are published in Title 36; you can find the list in a pamphlet from the ranger’s station, and on the internet. Each campground has its own rules which can be found on a board at the entrance, with the campground hosts, and at the stores in the surrounding towns. Also, reminders of certain rules are posted on trees and in and around the outhouses. If in violation of orders and regulations one is subject to punishment by a fine or imprisonment and/or could be removed from the facilities. Here is a list of rules to follow while camping,
1. Never approach the animals, feed the animals, or harass the animals you may come across.
2.Pets must be leashed at all times.
3.Must be 18 years or older to register for a campsite
4.Permanent residence at the campground is not allowed.
5.The length of stay is fourteen days.
6.Single sites may be used by up to 6 people with 2 vehicles, additional vehicles and visitors may be charged.
7.Remember to look for posted check out times.
8.Camp only in designated site put up a tent or a camper on the site after you have registered and paid for the site so it is obviously occupied.
9.Camping equipment cannot be left unattended for more than 24 hours without permission.
10.Do not start campfires with gasoline or camping fuel and remember to keep flammable materials away from campfires.
11. Obey restrictions on fires, fires may be limited or prohibited at certain times.
12. Do not put cans, bottles, plastic, food or rocks in fire ring.
13. Make sure the campfire is completely extinguished before leaving or going to bed.
14. Obey the traffic signs and while operating vehicles do not damage the land or vegetation.
15. Do not block, restrict, or interfere with the use of roads or trails.
16.Remove all personal property and put your trash in refuse containers when leaving.
17. Keep your site clean of all litter and waste.
18. Garbage containers are reserved for the use of campers and visitors of the campground only.
19. Use toilets properly, do not throw garbage, litter, fish cleanings, or other foreign substances in toilets and plumbing fixtures.
20.Do not carve, chop, cut, or damage any live trees.
21. Preserve and protect your National Forests.
22. Leave natural areas the way you find them.
23. No fighting or boisterous behavior.
24.Keep noise at a reasonable level, people two campsites down should not be able to hear everything your group is doing or saying.1

Qualitative Measure of the Load
People may find that there are too many rules to abide by and it is to much work to make sure they keep up with the rules. It can be frustrating when you have to take everything out in the morning and then whenever you go anywhere you have to pack it all back up and then when you come back you have to unpack it. Most people find themselves always thinking about the rules they have to follow to stay out of trouble. This could make people feel like there is more work to go camping then just to stay at home. I talked to some of my family member who goes camping every year. Everyone agree that there is a lot of work before you go camping, like packing all the food, cleaning the camper, packing clothes, and planning where to go. Then once they get to the campground there is a lot of setting up to do before you get to the relaxation part. You find that most people do good they want to enjoy this activity for themselves and others.

Ways to escape controls
Since there are so many rules to follow while camping most people will find it easier to stay home. If they do decide they want to see the mountains or be near the outdoors they stay at motels in town and they still can go hiking, fishing and enjoy their free time. Also people can stay in cabins that are available to rent. There are also many different areas in the state to camp where there are fewer rules then in National Forests. There are people out there though who find ways to escape the controls or just do not follow the rules and have not been caught yet.

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