You'll be gazing at more than stars at this popular night-sky viewing spot. Ontario's Torrance Barrens Conservation Reserve could be banning certain activities, and a rise in littering is one of the reasons why. The Township of Muskoka Lakes has requested a temporary camping ban in order to address issues that are leading to the area's destruction.\nImagine looking out at twinkling stars, lush landscapes... and piles of garbage.\nTorrance Barrens Conservation Reserve in Muskoka is a frequented spot for stargazing.\nEditor's Choice: A Massive Fire In Ontario Destroyed An Entire Housing Complex (VIDEOS)\nThe 4,707-acre expanse of Crown Land is far away from the shining lights of the city, making it the perfect spot to see constellations and shooting stars.\nRecently, an increase in popularity has sparked concerns about the destruction of this starry paradise.\nOn August 12, 2020, the Township Of Muskoka Lakes requested a temporary camping ban in order to address some of the growing issues.\nIn the request, the Township outlined that growing popularity, lack of funding, and the absence of visitor responsibility has caused several issues.\nOn behalf of Muskoka Lake's Mayor Harding, the Township informed Narcity that they have received numerous complaints from the community over the past year regarding activities taking place in the reserve.\nI went for a hike around the Torrance Barrens a few days ago. Dozens and dozens of tents set up, and one porta-potty at the parking area. Human excrement and toilet paper all along the trails. Cans and trash. Wrecked bridge. Filthy thoughtless people.— Waterloonie (@waterloonie) August 16, 2020\nCommon complaints include the destruction of natural resources such as vulnerable species and the dumping of garbage and debris throughout the land.\nAccording to the Township, conflicting uses of the area, namely camping and conservation, have pitted visitor groups against one another.\nView this post on Instagram Let's go star Gazing this weekend! Bring your tent and make it a night to remember! Did you know that the best time to shoot Stars is when it is a new moon or basically no moon visible in the sky for the best star gazing and Milky Way Photos! ✨🌕 ° One more important fact is that you must find a good spot that is a dark sky. Meaning look for somewhere far away from any city lights or town. This was shot at a natural dark sky Preserve just 2 H away from Toronto! Where will you be shooting your milky way photos this Weekend? #milkyway #nightphotography #milkywayphotography #milkyway_nightscapes #nightphotography_exclusive #astrology #stars #skyfullofstars #astrophotography #constellations #torrancebarrens #darksky #darkskypreserve #nightsky #nightphotographer #discoverontario #explorecanada #exploreontario #ontario #muskoka #muskokatourism A post shared by Stephanie Wand (@flywithsteph) on Jul 17, 2020 at 6:17am PDT\nThe situation has become so extreme that there have been physical altercations between visitors and the OPP have had to intervene.\nAnother concern is the deteriorating state of the infrastructure, which is being deemed a safety hazard and has lead to several serious injuries.\n@Muskoka411 @philharding the Torrance barrens is disgusting! Littered with garbage what a disgrace!!! Clean that up! #torrance #muskoka #garbage— Jessica Kushner (@JessicaKushner) August 14, 2020\nWith a temporary ban on camping and associated activities, the Township means to implement a short-term work plan to address immediate issues in the reserve, as well as establish a long term strategy for sustainability.