The Tonto National Forest will waive fees at day-use recreation sites on Saturday, June 8, 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.
Two additional fee-free days are scheduled in 2019.
Sept. 28, National Public Lands Day, the nation’s largest single-day volunteer effort in support of public lands.
Nov. 11, Veterans Day, commemorating the end of World War I. This holiday pays tribute to all military heroes, past and present.Tonto National Forest Recreation Sites participating in fee-free days:
• Apache Lake: Burnt Corral Boating, Crabtree Wash, Davis Wash, Lower Burnt Corral, Three Mile Wash, Upper Burnt Corral
• Bartlett Lake: Rattlesnake, Jojoba, Yellow Cliffs, Bartlett Flat, SB Cove
• Canyon Lake: Acacia, Boulder, Palo Verde, Laguna Boating, Palo Verde Boating
• Roosevelt Lake: Cholla Boating, Grapevine Boating, Schoolhouse Boating, Windy Hill Boating
• Saguaro Lake: Saguaro Del Norte Boating, Butcher Jones, Saguaro Del Norte
• Salt River: Blue Point, Coon Bluff, Goldfield, Granite Reef, Pebble Beach, Phon D. Sutton, Water Users
• Verde River: Box Bar, Needle Rock
Tonto National Forest officials remind visitors to be careful with campfires during the summer. While fire restrictions have not been implemented, the carpet of dry grasses in the lower elevations will carry a fire quickly. Fireworks are always prohibited on National Forest System lands.
A Tonto Pass is usually required at the above sites, and can be purchased at more than 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/tonto. For more information regarding passes, call the Tonto National Forest at 602-225-5200.