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17 Pa. Code § 21.117. Camping.

§ 21.117. Camping.

 (a)  Primitive camping. Primitive camping without a permit is prohibited if the camper stays more than one night at a campsite. Primitive camping is overnight camping when a motor vehicle is not used for storage or transportation during the camping experience. Primitive camping does not include water trail camping.

 (b)  Motorized camping. Motorized camping without a permit is prohibited. Motorized camping is overnight camping in or near a vehicle when the vehicle is used for storage or transportation during the camping experience.

 (c)  Group camping. Group camping without written permission of the Department is prohibited. Group camping is primitive or motorized camping by a group consisting of more than ten persons.

 (d)  Water trail camping. Water trail camping is allowed without a permit but is limited to two nights at a site. Water trail camping is overnight camping at sites designated for water trail camping along designated water trails.


   The provisions of this §  21.117 issued under sections 302, 313 and 502 of the Conservation and Natural Resources Act (71 P. S. § §  1340.302, 1340.313 and 1340.502); and the Crimes Code, 18 Pa.C.S. § §  7505 and 7506.


   The provisions of this §  21.117 adopted September 4, 2015, effective September 5, 2015, 45 Pa.B. 5493.

Cross References

   This section cited in 17 Pa. Code §  21.123 (relating to violation of rules regarding conduct in State forests).

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