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Plan early and reserve a campsite.
Don't show up on a weekend and expect to obtain
a campsite in a popular campground. Try to reserve
a campsite in advance. If the campground is a first
come first serve, make certain you get there early
enough in the weekend to grab a site. For some campgrounds,
this might mean arriving on Thursday evening, setting
up your tent and returning on the weekend to camp.
Please don't cut down any trees for firewood!
Never cut down any trees or damage the landscape in
any way, especially within the jurisdiction of the
Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area. Many
people find out the hard way with a big ticket from
a park Ranger for destroying the natural landscape.
I find it's best to bring your own firewood for a
camping trip. I realize not everyone is fortunate
enough to have a pick-up truck or a large vehicle
to transport wood, and for that reason many state-run
campgrounds sell firewood at the ranger station.
Watch out for those Rangers!
Don't think just because you're in the middle of
nowhere you can get away with anything. The State and
Federal Rangers that patrol the parks and forests have
seen everything and know what you're up to. If you think
you're going to drop a fishing line in the water without
a license, and not get caught, you better think again.
So many times I've watched people walk down to the River
with a fishing pole in one hand and a beer in the other
and get caught before they even get the chance to drop
the line in the water. Rangers sit out in their patrol
boats (looks just like two guys fishing) and watch everyone
with binoculars waiting for someone to break the law. Believe
me, it doesn't take them long to make a capture. The
same goes for drinking alcohol beverages on state or
federally controlled land. You may think it's a joke
when you look into the recycling bins at a campground and see them full to the top with beer
cans. Get caught with alcohol and you will be singing
the blues. Not only will you get a ticket, you will
get kicked out of the park and many times this gives
the Rangers an opportunity to dig a little deeper into
your personal stuff. I've seen people getting caught
with a beer and then getting arrested because the Ranger
found something else illegal in their possession.
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