Thursday, August 11, 2016

Camping Rules Refresher

The PRVWSD manages quite a bit of quality forest land around the Pearl River and Rez. For outdoor enthusiasts, this land is prime for exploring, hiking, and camping.  There are rules and regulations in place for the safety of the users. If you intend to primitive camp on any portion of the PRVWSD, here are the Cliffnotes version of the regulations:

 - You may not camp within 1/2 mile of a platted subdivision.

 - You must get a permit from the PRVWSD before you will be permitted to camp.  You obtain a permit by calling the Goshen Springs Campground at 601.829.2751 (if during normal working hours), or the Control Tower at 601.992.9703 (if after hours).  During the call, you must give the PRVWSD your full name, address and telephone number, your camping location, your planned duration, and the number in your party.  The PRVWSD will then give you a permit number, which you must write down on a piece of paper and display on your tent flap.

 - You are limited to ten days per permit, but, if you are behaving yourself, it doesn't sound like it's difficult to get a subsequent permit.

 - If you are camping North of Highway 43, you must camp within sight of the Pearl River or Rez.  Don't ask me why.  That cuts out a lot of good camping locations.

 - Violations of these regulations result in a misdemeanor, and you could face up to a $500 fine.

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