Originally Posted by Painted Horse
The Forest Service ( at least around here ) has prohibited camping with in 200' of ANY water. Most of the high alpine basins prohibit any campfires with in 1/4 mile of any body of water. Which in many basins means no fires at all.
We had a ranger threaten us with a ticket last summer because our hot wire fence was with in the 200 foot range of the lake. Rather than tie the horse, we had set up a 1/2 mile of hot wire around part of a meadow so the horse could graze and not trample just a small area. We had included a small stream of water going into the lake inside the fence so the horses could drink at will.
I am sorry to sound stupid but this makes no sense to me at all. Why are you not allowed to have a fire near water? Also how does a hot wire effect a lake? I would have thought that fire would be a high risk so the nearer your ignition source is to water the safer it would be.