leave no trace
Challenge, beauty, adventure, discovery and solitude can be a part of everyone’s visit if you practice and pass on Leave No Trace ethics. You are one of the Park’s most important stewards! Check the website, lnt.org for more information and follow these guidelines:
Prepare and Plan Ahead
- Learn about the area before you visit including weather, terrain and BSP rules and regulations.
- Be prepared for your trip. Bring proper gear and clothing. Per BSP Regulation, carry a working flashlight and extra batteries, just in case you are stranded in the dark.
Travel on Durable Surfaces
- Durable surfaces consist of existing trails, rock, and gravel surfaces.
- Walk single file in the middle of the trail even when wet and muddy to protect fragile plants and habitat.
- Avoid widening, creating new trails or bypasses.
- Keep areas looking natural by not leaving rock piles, flagging or blazes.
Minimize Campfire Impacts
- Only make fires and use stoves in designated camping and picnic areas.
- Protect bird habitat, animals’ homes, and trees by not peeling birch bark or breaking branches off live or dead standing trees.
- Burn all wood and coals to ash, put out campfires completely and pack out nonburnables such as tinfoil, cigarette butts and food scraps.
Dispose of Waste Properly
- Please pack out all trash and leftover food.
- Protect yourself and wildlife by storing food and garbage in a tightly sealed container.
- Know what to do When Nature Calls.
- Wash yourself and dishes at least 200’ from any water source, being sure not to use any kind of soap (even biodegradable soap) in any water source.
- Strain dishwater through a bandana or sieve and put food scraps in a carry out litter bag.
Leave What You Find
- Per BSP Regulation, leave plants, antlers, rocks and historical items as where you find them, so the next person can enjoy them.
- Preserve the natural environment by not peeling birch bark off trees, building structures or carving into objects.
- Avoid introducing or transporting non-native species by cleaning boots, packs, tents and boats before entering the Park.
- Observe animals from a distance. Do not follow or approach them, especially during sensitive times of mating, nesting, raising young, and in winter.
- Never feed wildlife, human food is not healthy for them. Keeping them wild will help them survive.
- Per BSP Regulation, leave pets at home to protect your pet and the wildlife.
Be Considerate of Other Visitors
Hike quietly so others can enjoy the wilderness.
Yield to other hikers. Share the trail.
Use pullouts to let other vehicles pass on the Park roads. The slower you go, the more you see.