Delaware River Water Trail: Pennsylvania River of the Year 2011

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Leave No Trace

Enhance your experience of the river and respect its resources through use of "Leave No Trace" principles for outdoor recreation. For more information, visit

Plan Ahead And Prepare

  • Know the regulations and special concerns for the area you will visit
  • Prepare for weather, hazards and emergencies
  • Schedule your trip to avoid times of high use

Camp And Recreate On Durable Surfaces

  • Use existing sites that won't be damaged by your stay
  • Avoid long stays at one site
  • Keep groups small and avoid trampling plants

Pack It In, Pack It Out

  • Carry out all waste — leave the area cleaner than you found it
  • Protect wildlife and your food by storing rations securely

Properly Dispose OF What You Can't Pack Out

  • Do all cleaning and washing as far away from waterways as possible
  • Clean fish away from camp
  • Use biodegradable soaps
  • Carry out human waste where toilet facilities are not available

Leave What You Find

  • Respect all wildlife — enjoy from a distance without disturbing
  • Respect our natural & cultural heritage — leave rocks, plants, trees, and artifacts alone; observe but do not touch!
  • Respect the privacy of others & private property

Minimize Campfire Impacts

  • Use existing fire rings and keep fires small or use a camp stove
  • Use only downed, dead wood smaller than your wrist
  • Leave limbs on standing trees (dead or alive)
  • Make sure any fires are completely out and cold before leaving the site
  • Avoid fires during droughts or windy conditions

Be Considerate Of Other Visitors

  • Respect other visitors and protect the quality of their experience
  • Be courteous to other river users
  • Keep noises to a minimum — enjoy the sounds of nature
  • Take breaks and camp away from trails and other visitors