Water Trail Etiquette

Planning for the Alapaha River Water Trail, we need to put river etiquette guilelines in brochures, on kiosks, on the web, etc. What should we include? Here are some possibilities.

Update 2016-02-21: Here’s what we put in the ARWT Brochure, Safety and Etiquette.

The latest of the old brochures from the 1970s contained these six items:

  1. Carry all litter out with you.
  2. Do not cut or damage living trees.
  3. Be extremely careful with campfires.
  4. Firearms are not necessary.
  5. Bring your camera.
  6. Help protect the landowners property.

Georgia River Network’s Water Trails website has this ten-point version:

  1. Practice ‘Leave No Trace’ Guidelines (www.lnt.org)
    • Plan Ahead and Prepare
    • Travel and Camp on Durable Surfaces
    • Dispose of Waste Properly
    • Leave What You Find
    • Minimize Campfire Impacts
    • Respect Wildlife
    • Be Considerate of Other Visitors
  2. Control pets or leave them at home.
  3. Know and obey all rules and regulations.
  4. Use only established access and portage sites and minimize impacts to shore when launching, portaging, scouting, or taking out.
  5. Examine, but do not touch, cultural or historic structures and artifacts.
  6. Respect other river users and riverfront property owners and do not trespass on private property.
  7. No glass (recommended for safety).
  8. Be courteous and polite when communicating with others.
  9. Avoid interfering with the recreational activities of others.
  10. Never engage in loud, lewd or inappropriate behavior.

More? Less?