There is good news concerning Roosevelt Lake from the U.S. Forest Service office in Tonto Basin: For the first time ever, the Schoolhouse boat ramp at Roosevelt Lake is open and available for use.
As of March 1, Roosevelt Lake was 82-percent full with a water depth of 26 feet at the end of the Schoolhouse ramp. The ramp is constructed of concrete surfacing and is suitable for launching boats with any type of tow vehicle. As the lake level continues to rise it is expected that the ramp will be available for use throughout the summer.
Since October 2002, the lake level at Roosevelt has risen 102 feet vertically and the lake has filled from 9 percent to 82 percent of water storage capacity. The majority of the runoff from the Salt River watershed normally occurs in March and April, so things look very positive right now for boaters wanting to recreate at the lake this spring and summer.
"The Forest Service expects the lake to fill to 100-percent capacity by May," said Quentin Johnson, a recreation specialist at Roosevelt. "Based on snowpack levels in the mountains, streamflow levels and historical records, Forest Service officials are confident that the lake will reach the new conservation pool elevation of 2,151 feet. This means that many of the developed campsites at Cholla, Windy Hill and Schoolhouse Recreation sites will be immediately adjacent to the shoreline.
"We know that the public enjoys camping as close to the water as possible, so these campgrounds were designed with this concept in mind."
For more information, contact the Tonto Basin Ranger District at (928) 467-3200 or visit the Tonto website, www.fs.fed.us/r3/tonto.
Town coed softball registration opens
Teams wishing to play coed softball began registering Monday, March 7. There will be open and recreation divisions. The entry fee is $225 per team and must be paid at the time of registration. Players cannot play in more than one division. Players also must be 16 years or older to participate. The deadline for registration is Wednesday, April 6. This will be the only coed softball league offered this year. League play begins April 18.
T-Ball on deck
Registration for T-ball also began Monday, March 7 and continues through April 13. Participants must be at least 4 years of age and not turn eight before June 30, 2005. The registration fee is $20 per child. The season begins in May.
For more information, call (928) 474-5242, ext. 7.