In keeping with the park’s wilderness character, visitor facilities are minimal and visitors are encouraged to camp at random locations of their choosing. If a location experiences frequent and concentrated use, management actions are considered to minimize impacts. The draft management plan proposes designating an additional four camping areas: The Gate, Lafferty’s, Glacier Lake and Fairy Meadows. These are in addition to the four currently designated camping areas: Gahnįhthah Mie (Rabbitkettle Lake); South Nahanni River Island; Náįlįcho (Virginia Falls); and Kraus Hotsprings.
In order to ensure that the camping areas are compatible with the park’s wilderness qualities, they must be primitive in nature. Potential infrastructure is limited to tent pads or cleared tent sites, food caches, fire rings, and outdoor privies. Do you have suggestions for appropriate infrastructure at each of the four proposed areas that would provide a quality camping experience, while minimizing environmental impacts? Is there infrastructure that is particularly important at one or more of the camping areas?
Jay Frederic Comment 4
7:50am, 29 January 2010
I would suspect that Moore’s Hotspring/Island-/Honeymoon-/Haywire lakes will be a more sought after flying-in destination in the future. Therefore, the NNPR management team should consider this locaation as an additioal new camping area with, however, a primitive infrastructure, but including cleared tent sites etc. and facilities to take care of human waste.
Skeeter Comment 4.1
12:21pm, 2 March 2010
One thing to keep in mind is that floatplane access to Haywire lake is not always a guarantee, depending on wind conditions at the time of arrival, and as such is not necessarily a good spot to set up much infrastructure.