Tonto Forest to Participate in National Get Outdoors Day - Enjoy fee free day, Fire Restrictions Still in Effect

Release Date: Jun 5, 2018  

PHOENIX, June 5, 2018 —For Immediate Release.  The Tonto National Forest will waive fees at several day-use recreation sites on Saturday, June 9, in honor of National Get Outdoors Day.

The fee-free program is held in conjunction with other federal land management agencies under the Federal Lands Recreation Act.  It involves waiving fees at day-use sites, including picnic grounds, shorelines, and boat launches operated by the Tonto National Forest.  Fees charged by concessionaires at facilities they operate, as well as fees for overnight camping at Forest Service campgrounds will not be waived, and fee machines are available to purchase overnight camping.

Three additional fee free days are scheduled in 2018:

  • Sept. 22, National Public Lands Day, the nation’s largest single-day volunteer effort in support of public lands.  For more information, see http://www.publiclandsday.org/.
  • Nov. 10-11, Veterans Day weekend, commemorating the end of World War I.  This holiday pays tribute to all military heroes, past and present.
  • Nov. 23, Opt Outside Day, to encourage people to enjoy the out of doors on the day after Thanksgiving.

Tonto National Forest Recreation Sites participating in fee-free days:

  • Apache Lake - Burnt Corral Boating
  • Apache Lake - Crabtree Wash
  • Apache Lake - Davis Wash
  • Apache Lake - Lower Burnt Corral
  • Apache Lake - Three Mile Wash
  • Apache Lake – Upper Burnt Corral
  • Bartlett Lake - Rattlesnake
  • Bartlett Lake - Jojoba
  • Bartlett Lake - Yellow Cliffs
  • Bartlett Lake - Bartlett Flat
  • Bartlett Lake - SB Cove
  • Canyon Lake - Acacia
  • Canyon Lake - Boulder
  • Canyon Lake - Palo Verde
  • Canyon Lake - Laguna Boating
  • Canyon Lake - Palo Verde Boating
  • Roosevelt Lake - Cholla Boating
  • Roosevelt Lake - Grapevine Boating
  • Roosevelt Lake - Schoolhouse Boating
  • Roosevelt Lake - Windy Hill Boating
  • Roosevelt Lake - Bermuda Flat
  • Saguaro Lake - Saguaro Del Norte Boating
  • Saguaro Lake - Butcher Jones
  • Saguaro Lake - Saguaro Del Norte
  • Salt River - Blue Point
  • Salt River - Coon Bluff
  • Salt River – Goldfield
  • Salt River - Granite Reef
  • Salt River – Pebble Beach
  • Salt River - Phon D. Sutton
  • Salt River - Water Users
  • Verde River - Box Bar
  • Verde River – Needle Rock

Forest officials hope these fee-free days allow people to enjoy the Tonto National Forest, and remind visitors that fire restrictions remain in effect.  A Tonto Pass is usually required at the above sites, and can be purchased at over 200 vendor locations or local Forest Service offices.  Tonto Daily Pass vendor locations are available at the Tonto National Forest website, www.fs.usda.gov/tontoFor more information regarding passes, call the Tonto National Forest at 602-225-5200 during business hours.

Warm temperatures, low relative humidity, and extreme fire danger prompted the Tonto National Forest to implement fire restrictions.  The following acts are prohibited:  building, maintaining, attending or using a charcoal or wood burning campfire; smoking outside a vehicle or building, operating a chainsaw or other internal combustion engine between 9 am to 8 pm; discharging a firearm, air rifle or gas gun; and the use of fireworks or other explosives.

The mission of the Forest Service, part of the U.S. Department of Agriculture, is to sustain the health, diversity, and productivity of the nation’s forests and grasslands to meet the needs of present and future generations.  The agency manages 193 million acres of public land, provides assistance to state and private landowners, and maintains the largest forestry research organization in the world.