Check with the Corp-of Engineers to be sure of the proper
Island Camping techniques.
Leave No Trace" Information 800-332-4100 or Visit the Leave No Trace Home Site
Lake Ouachita Leave No Trace Principles:
The Leave No Trace principles might not seem important at first glance, but their value is apparent when considering the
combined effects of millions of outdoor visitors.
Proper trip planning and preparation helps campers accomplish goals safely and enjoyably while minimizing damage to natural and
cultural resources. Campers who plan ahead can avoid unexpected situations, and minimize their impact by complying with area regulations.
This simple yet effective saying motivates backcountry visitors to take their trash home with them. It makes sense to carry out of the backcountry the extra materials taken there by your group or others. Minimize the need to pack out food scraps by carefully planning meals. Accept the challenge of packing out everything you bring.
Help prevent contamination of natural water sources: After straining food particles, properly dispose of dishwater by dispersing at least 200 feet (about 80 to 100 strides for a youth) from springs, streams, and lakes. Use biodegradable soap 200 feet or more from any water source.
Proper disposal of human waste is important to avoid pollution of water sources, avoid the negative implications of someone else finding it, minimize the
possibility of spreading disease, and maximize the rate of decomposition.
Cat-holes are the most widely accepted method of waste disposal. Locate cat-holes at least 200 feet (about 70 adult steps) from water, trails and camp. Select an inconspicuous site where other people will be unlikely to walk or camp. With a small garden trowel, dig a hole 6-8 inches deep and 4-6 inches in diameter. The cat-hole should be covered and disguised with natural materials when finished. If camping in the area for more than one night, or if camping with a large group, cat-hole sites should be widely dispersed.
Allow others a sense of discovery: Leave rocks, plants, animals, archaeological artifacts, and other objects as you find them. It is illegal to remove artifacts from Lake Ouachita.
Do not dig tent trenches or build lean-tos, tables, or chairs. Never hammer nails into trees, hack at trees with hatchets or saws, or damage bark and roots by tying horses to trees for extended periods. Replace surface rocks or twigs that you cleared from the campsite. On high-impact sites, clean the area and dismantle inappropriate user-built facilities such as multiple fire rings and log seats or tables.
Some people would not think of camping without a campfire. Yet the naturalness of many areas has been degraded by overuse
of fires and increasing demand for firewood. Lightweight camp stoves make low-impact camping possible by encouraging a shift away from fires.
Stoves are fast, eliminate the need for firewood, and make cleanup after meals easier.
Quick movements and loud noises are stressful to animals. Considerate campers practice these safety methods:
Day Use Areas
Special Use Facilities
Small Mouth Bass