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Old 08-07-2018, 02:38 PM   #1
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Question Rookie Family @ St Regis ?

Hello. I am researching a 3 day trip later in August for my wife, 12 yr old son and me. I havenít been to the area in quite a while. Many questions, but the primary is regarding pit toilet or outhouse at any of the sites in St Regis. I canít seem to find any resource to help target a camp site near one of them.... wife isnít keen to dig a pit with shovel . This is their first rustic camp....Ideally we find an island with a pit toilet... any help or thoughts are welcomed. Thanks in advance!
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Old 08-07-2018, 03:08 PM   #2
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There aren't many island sites in SRCA. On St Regis Pond there is and IIRC there is a facility.

I can't correctly identify which sites have them and which don't, and I haven't stayed at them all, but I've looked most of them over. As I recall, it's about 50/50 whether they have a facility of some sort.

My suggestion is just to check out some sites as you go and take the first one you find that has a facility. If you get choosy you may lose-y, if you get my drift.
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Old 08-07-2018, 06:41 PM   #3
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Island campsites are somewhat rare in the Adirondacks, outside of the developed campgrounds (Indian Lake Islands, Saranac Lakes, etc.). Islands tend to offer limited surface area to sustain the impacts of camping- dead and down wood fuel sources for campfires are quickly depleted and tree cutting becomes a problem, it's harder to dispose of human waste an adequate distance from water when water is close by in every direction, etc. Years ago, primitive island campsites used to be more prevalent across the Adirondacks, but as backcountry use (and abuse) has increased, the DEC has (rightfully so) closed down most of them.

The island campsites that are still designated and legal to use tend to be very popular so it's a really good idea to have a Plan B in mind if/when they are already occupied when you arrive (and to temper the group's expectations accordingly).
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Old 08-07-2018, 07:24 PM   #4
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Thank you so much for the guidance, sincerely appreciated!
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