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The Back40

Building on the successful inaugural year at Lakes of Fire 2019, we are pleased to announce the return of the “Back 40” camping area for LOF 2022!  This additional camping area is located north of Greeters, and is a short walk (less than 1/4 mile) from the Center Camp area, along the pedestrian-only path through the Pines area. For 2022 we have removed the “quiet zone”, but still anticipate that the Back 40 will not be as loud as some areas around the lake.

  • The Back 40 includes both theme camp spaces and open camping
  • Moderate daytime music and ultra-quiet generators are welcome
  • No general vehicle camping without a permit indicating medical need
  • There is designated space in the Back 40 available for limited RV camping
  • The Back 40 has porto-potties, water supply, and a call box for emergencies


The Back 40 is possible because of a shared understanding by campers who opt into this space.  The Lakes of Fire Leads have developed the following community rules for the space. These are meant to be clear, fair, and specific in how noise levels will be managed.

  • Generators
    • Ultra-quiet generators only
    • Rating must be 55dB or lower at ¼ load, as shown in operating manual or sales literature
    • Burden is on participants to demonstrate their generator dB rating
    • Non-compliant generators will be asked to shut down or leave
    • Baffle boxes are mandatory to operate a generator, even an ultra-quiet one
  • Sound systems
    • In general, sound is a privilege and not a right in the Back 40
    • Sound should not be distinctly audible in neighboring camps in the Back 40, especially at night
    • Talk to your neighbors and follow the spirit rather than the letter of the law!
    • If asked to turn your music down, the expectation is that campers will do so
    • No subwoofers allowed at all
  • Fire and flame effects
    • In a change from the 2019 event, raised burn barrels and raised fire pits are permitted. No on-ground fires or burn rings
    • Fires must be attended at all times
    • Fire art will be at the discretion of FAST. In general, flame effects will be allowed if they are quiet or silent
    • Poofers and other high-decibel flame effects are not allowed – they’re loud!
    • Gas grills and cooking stoves are permitted

Placement Process

The Placement team will work with theme camps who opt in to the Back 40; theme camps with a daytime focus are encouraged.  Significant space for open camping will be available on a first-come, first-serve basis.  As with all of Lakes of Fire, car camping is not allowed without a permit.

Lead Support

Some Lakes of Fire Leads camping in the Back 40 will once again be serving as “Mayors.”  Their role will be to help answer questions, act as additional contacts for safety, and moderate conversations if participants choose to involve them.