Fire ring etiquette

By Josette Coffman, Stream Team 4617

Recently, I was fortunate enough to have three days to sneak away for a little “river recharge” to the Eleven Point River. 

The Eleven Point is part of the protected National Wild & Scenic Rivers System managed by the National U.S. Forest Service. It was one of those originally designated under the Wild and Scenic Rivers Act in 1968.

Accompanied by a good friend, a cooler full of tasty meals, and enough lazy time to soak in the perfect weather, the evening sky, playful otters, watchful eagles, and night herons… the river was indeed living up to its “wild and scenic” namesake.

That was until we arrived at the gravel bars and were accosted by campfire rings filled with half-burned plastics, glass, and everything else that didn’t reach the incineration point.

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