Leave No Trace- Outdoor Ethics

Paddling is one of the least impacting ways to enjoy the outdoors.  Leave No Trace Ethics are often summed up with the phrase "Take only pictures, leave only footprints."  Well as paddlers we strive to leave only paddle strokes!  Here are a few tips to help reduce your impact.  

Plan Ahead and Prepare

Familiarize with route and plan trip accordingly

Pack appropriate amount of food, and minimize waste by repackaging food

Choose a river that matches your skills to minimize impacts

Travel and Camp on Durable Surfaces

Durable surfaces include rock, gravel, and sand.

Park only in designated areas. 

Minimize your impact during launching, portaging, and scouting.

Avoid disturbing riparian vegetation.

Leave campsites cleaner than you found them

Dispose of Waste Properly

Carry out what you bring in

Use toilets when available

Leave What You Find

Leave artifacts, natural objects

Take only pictures, leave only paddle strokes

Minimize Campfire Impact

Use camp stoves to cook rather than fires

When having a fire use a fire pan or fire ring

Carry out ash with garbage

Use dead and downed wood

Respect Wildlife

Observe wildlife from a distance and do not feed wildlife

Store food and trash in a secure place to protect wildlife

Be Considerate of Other Visitors

Respect other visitors and protect the quality of their experience.

Let nature’s sounds prevail.

Avoid camping or eating near major rapids where scouting and portaging take place.



For more information about the Leave No Trace ethics, visit www.lnt.org.