Stage III Forest Closure Starts June 25th - some lakes, forest roads remain accessible

Release Date: Jun 24, 2021

Contact(s): Susan Blake


PHOENIX – June 24, 2021 — Tonto National Forest officials will close the state’s largest national forest due to ongoing extreme fire danger beginning at 8 a.m. on Friday, June 25.

The forest is implementing this forest closure as a precaution to protect the health and safety of the public, employees and firefighters by reducing the risk of human-caused fires.

“We understand that closing the Tonto impacts businesses, partner agencies and the public, but protecting life and property is a priority for the forest.” said Neil Bosworth, Forest Supervisor.

According to Bosworth, no one is allowed in the closure area, including Forest Service personnel, unless they are responding to a wildfire or other emergency or patrolling to ensure enforcement of the closure. The order shall remain in effect until July 31, 2021 or until rescinded, whichever occurs first. Residents or businesses using roads in the restricted area to the extent necessary to access their private property are exempt.

The entire closure order along with an accompanying map are available on the Tonto website.

Violations of these restrictions are punishable as a Class B misdemeanor, which means a fine of up to $5,000 for an individual or $10,000 for an organization, or imprisonment of up to six months, or both. Fines and punishments are determined by a federal court judge

The Stage 3 Forest Closure means that all National Forest System lands contained within the Tonto are closed to the public, with the exception of the following areas and roads:

OPEN Areas:

  • Roosevelt Lake within the boundary beginning at the intersection of State Route (SR) 188 and National Forest System Road (FR) 84 Grapevine Road, then following north along FR 84 to the east side of Grapevine Boat Ramp at the waterline of Roosevelt Lake, then following the waterline east to the confluence of the Salt River, then following along the Roosevelt Lake waterline northwest to the confluence of Tonto Creek, then following up Tonto Creek to FR 60, then following southeast along the Roosevelt Lake waterline back to the point of beginning at the intersection of SR 188 and FR 84.
    • Bermuda Flat, Cholla Campground (CG) and boat ramp, Vineyard, Roosevelt Lake Marina, Cottonwood Cove, Windy Hill CG and boat ramps, and Grapevine boat ramp are open
    • Indian Point CG and boat ramp, Cholla Bay CG, Orange Peel CG, Bachelor Cove CG, Schoolhouse CG and boat ramp, Eads Wash, Eucalyptus, HZ Wash, Rafter Take-out, Diversion Dam, and the entire north shoreline including Indian Point are closed
       
  • Apache Lake within the boundary beginning at Roosevelt Dam at the waterline of Apache Lake, then following southwest to and around Burnt Corral Campground, which is open, then continuing southwest along the waterline to Apache Lake Marina, then following around Apache Lake Marina which is open, then continuing west along the waterline to Horse Mesa Dam, then following north along the waterline, then following northeast along waterline back to Roosevelt Dam.
    • Burnt Corral Campground and Apache Lake Marina are open, but the entire north shoreline is closed
    • Also closed: Upper Burnt Corral, 3 Mile Wash, Davis Wash, and Crabtree Wash
       
  • Bartlett Reservoir within the boundary beginning at Bartlett Dam along the waterline, then following south and then east and then north up to the confluence of the Verde River, then following the western waterline south down to Bartlett Flats, Yellow Cliffs Boat Ramp, and SB Cove recreation areas, which are open, then following south down the waterline to the Rattlesnake Day Use Area which is open, then following south along the waterline to the Jojoba boat launch, which is open, then following up FR 19A to FR 19, then following south to FR 185 and Bartlett Marina, which is open, then following back down to the waterline of Bartlett Reservoir and then south along waterline back to Bartlett Dam.
    • Bartlett Flats, Yellow Cliffs boat ramp, SB Cove, Rattlesnake, Jojoba boat ramp, and Bartlett Marina are open, but the remainder of the shoreline is closed.
       
  • Canyon Lake within the boundary beginning Mormon Flat Dam, then following south along Mormon Flat Dam access road to SR 88, then following southeast along SR 88 to Tortilla Creek Drainage, then following the drainage northwest to Canyon Lake waterline, then along the waterline east to the base of Horse Mesa Dam, then following along the waterline west back to Mormon Flat Dam.
     
  • Saguaro Lake & Lower Salt River within the boundary starting at Stewart Mountain Dam, then following the waterline east to Mormon Flat Dam, then following along the waterline west to the courtesy dock near the end of FR 206 (Saguaro Del Norte Recreation Area) above the lake, then following FR 206B to the Bush Highway, then following north along the Bush Highway to SR 87, then following southwest along SR 87 to the National Forest Boundary, then following the Forest Boundary south and west and across the Salt River to the Bush Highway, then following along Bush Highway east to the Blue Point Bridge, then following the southern bank of the Salt River east back to the Stewart Mountain Dam.
     
  • Tortilla Flat Restaurant
     
  • Houston Mesa Campground
     
  • Roosevelt Lakeview Mobile Home Park off of SR 188 at Roosevelt Lake -- but not beyond the park.

OPEN Roads:

  • Bush Highway (FR 204)
  • FR 19 to Bartlett Reservoir Jojoba Boat Launch and Bartlett Marina
  • FR 459A to Rattlesnake Day Use Area
  • FR 459 to Yellow Cliffs Boat Launch and SB Cove Day Use Area
  • FR 79 to Apache Lake Marina, (SR 88 from SR 188 to FR 79 also is open)
  • FR 183 to Burnt Corral Campground
  • FR 582 from SR 87 to the Buckhead Mesa Landfill
  • FR 583 from SR 87 to Tonto Natural Bridge State Park
  • FR 524 from SR 188 to Tonto Basin Dump Station (only open on weekends)

OPEN Developed Recreation Sites:

  • Apache Lake Marina
  • Roosevelt Lake Marina
  • Bartlett Marina
  • Canyon Lake Marina
  • Saguaro Lake Marina
  • Tortilla Flats Restaurant
  • Entire Lower Salt River picnic areas and river, including Salt River Tubing
  • Houston Mesa Campground
  • Bermuda Flat Campground/Shoreline Area
  • Cholla Campground and Boat Ramp
  • Frazier Horse Campground
  • Windy Hill Campground and Boat Ramps
  • Grapevine (boat ramp only)
  • Vineyard Picnic Area
  • Cottonwood Cove Picnic Area
  • Burnt Corral Campground
  • Acacia Picnic Area
  • Palo Verde Boat Ramp
  • Laguna Boat Ramp
  • Bartlett Flats Campground
  • Yellow Cliffs Boat Ramp
  • SB Cove Picnic Area
  • Rattlesnake Picnic Area
  • Jojoba Boat Ramp
  • Butcher Jones Picnic Area
  • Saguaro Del Norte Picnic Area




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