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Old 04-24-2012, 05:17 PM   #1
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Can anyone help an ignorant Canadian? I am looking for a book or a map that shows BLM and forest service Campsites, particularly in the western U.S. If there is such a publication, where would I go looking for it.
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Old 04-24-2012, 05:29 PM   #2
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I have Google Earth with all the listed BLM sites on it, I can not remember how I did it but it is possible to have that.
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Hi Ian,

I like this Forest Camping website for US National Forest Service campgrounds. The Army Corps of Engineers' campgrounds are wicked nice, too, but harder to track down.

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Ian, You can also google the area your thinking of visiting and should be able to find info on BLM and Forest Service campgrounds.

You can go by the county, town and even the State. Just google, (Example) Camping Poudre Canyon Colorado and this is what you get. http://http://www.forestcamping.com/...n/roosinfo.htm

Here's another one for CO but there are tons more http://http://www.rv-camping.org/Colorado.html


I have bought several books (actually just gave them away to my Dh's Hospice nurse) and honestly I have found that local publication offered by the Visitor Center's most times tend to have better info. Especially in the Welcome Center's in Oregon. As many states as I have rv'ed thru they seem to have the best. But most visitor centeres have good info on camprounds in the surrounding area.
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What does BLM mean and what are forest service campsites?
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BLM= Bureau of Land Management. Forest Service Campsites are in Nat'l/State Forests.
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So for example, in Manitoba we have Riding Mountain National Park, that would have forest service campsites? Is there a difference between those sites and other sites. Sorry, I go camping quite a bit and I've never heard those terms before. Not even sure what the BLM does.
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State tourism booths in major centers, and the rest centers along most interstates have been handy resources for me in times past. Don't be afraid to ask the volunteers and other travellers for suggestions too.
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So for example, in Manitoba we have Riding Mountain National Park, that would have forest service campsites? Is there a difference between those sites and other sites. Sorry, I go camping quite a bit and I've never heard those terms before. Not even sure what the BLM does.
Actually those are both US designations. In BC we have a lot of crown land and have forestry sites - unserviced sites accessed via logging roads - but not so much in Manitoba. In national parks, like Riding Mountain, you must use designated camp sites.
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So I actually did some homework (googling) and I want to say that you're looking for open or back country camping. Am I close?
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Here's someother ways of finding a campground. http://http://www.recreation.gov/rec...to=camping.htm



And a link to what the BLM is all about http://www.blm.gov/wo/st/en.html


And a link to the National Forest Service http://www.forestcamping.com/
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There are lots of books on camping in both the National Forests & BLM land. Go to Amazon Books, & in the Search block at top, type in National Forest Camping Guides, or BLM Camping, & you'll find literally dozens of volumes. They're usually divided by area, SW, South, etc., except there ain't much BLM land except in the US west. I have NF books for almost the entire USA, & some BLM also. Some of the info (campsites) may be outdated, & some places closed due to cut-backs in funding but some listed as closed may still be open, just not serviced regularly. Some absolutely great back-country camping in the western US.
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I usually locate the local Forest Sevice Office and ask there for the "Red Post" campsites, as well as others they may know of. To be honest, most of the pubs that I have seen that list these venues were aimed at those with "Alternative Lifestyles", that may not want an evening visit from a host or ranger to interrupt their recreational activities. In the past three years I have arrived at, and then driven away from, a few of these more remote sites. But then again, I have enjoyed staying at many as well.
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"Red post campsites"? That's a new one on me. I googled the phrase and nothing came up. What are these?
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