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  floating campfire
  Posted by: old_user on Aug-12-09 10:04 AM (EST)

I was interested in seeing your article on the floating campfire. It brought back memories of a trip in the Bowran Lakes Provincial Park, British Columbia that I did with some friends in 1969. We were camping on a small lake connected to a river and I thought we should sleep in our canoes on the lake. I got three of the group interested and we put our sleeping pads etc. in four of the 17 foot canoes. I built a raft and anchored it in the lake for our camp fire. I put the coffee pot on the fire and we sat out there around the fire in our canoes drinking fresh coffee. I woke the group up around 2:00 AM so they could see an incredible display of northern lights. It was so bright one of the people read a book for a while before going back to sleep. I am happy to see that others have tried the floating fire.,

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  floating campfires
  Posted by: wavetamer on Aug-12-09 10:22 AM (EST)
Good to hear others have enjoyed this special treat as well...Yours sounds exciting...the lights, the floating camp. Truly what makes an adventure so unique. Thanks for the comments. Tom Watson
  Floating Campfire vs Leave No Trace
  Posted by: kayakdog on Aug-17-09 12:10 AM (EST)
"I've used shallow bricks of sod cut from the rough area around camp." This clearly is not a good idea when camping anywhere other than your own private property. Cutting sod from any public or wilderness campsite is definitely going against the principles of "Leave No Trace" camping.

The whole idea of building an elaborate raft for a fire, though sentimental, nostalgic, or romantic, is quite a heavy-handed endeavor for any wilderness setting.
  floating fire
  Posted by: wavetamer on Aug-19-09 12:31 PM (EST)
I agree. My experience with floating campfires goes back 40 years! It was a private site and the sod was taken from an area that would grow back quickly -we were thoughtful of that even back then. All the materials were from scrap around the camp and we dissassembled it all afterwards, nothing left to degrade the lake. Good points though and perhaps I should have added such comments to the end of the story. Also was not suggesting this be done in a wilderness or quasi-wilderness setting - that experience doesn't need a floating campfire or anything else to enhance that experience. Thanks for the good points!
  floating fire
  Posted by: wavetamer on Aug-19-09 12:27 PM (EST)
Your scene makes me want to strap on my canoe and head north. Yes, the fire is a fun activity. Thanks for sharing the experience...Have fun, Be safe out there!


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