Arizona Lakes


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Arizona lakes, more specifically warm water desert lakes are the focus of this page. Follow this link to a page for Arizona's cold water, high country lakes and streams... they are My Favorite Arizona Fishing Waters.

Arizona lakes are important to the people and wildlife of our state. Water storage, flood control, and recreation are primary purposes of these scenic bodies of water.

Alamo Lake is located in west-central Arizona. The Big Sandy Wash and the Santa Maria River join to form the Bill Williams River. Alamo Dam is located a few miles below the confluence and forms the lake. Alamo Lake is usually the first desert lake to offer late winter bass and crappie fishing.




Arizona Lakes News and Information

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November 19, 2014

Glen Canyon National Recreation Area


Quagga Mussel Update Nov 2014


Glen Canyon National Recreation Area staff continue to monitor park waters to determine the distribution of quagga mussels. Quagga mussels were recently identified in sampling locations between Glen Canyon Dam and Lees Ferry. Mussel larvae (veligers) are passing through the Glen Canyon Dam and low numbers of adult mussels have been confirmed in the Glen Canyon stretch of the river. Managers and research staff remain hopeful that the river current and sediment in the water below the Paria River will restrict how far quagga mussels can expand and colonize downstream.

All boaters and fishermen are reminded to clean, drain, and dry their boats and equipment after contact with the water in Lake Powell and the Colorado River. Superintendent Todd Brindle would like to remind everyone that it is important now more than ever with mussels being confirmed both above and below the dam to clean, drain and dry and follow all applicable laws.

Utah and Arizona state laws require that boat owners decontaminate their vessels and conveyances to avoid the transport of quagga mussels to uninfested waters. Specific information on state laws for Utah can be found at or



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November 17, 2014

Glen Canyon National Recreation Area


Two Wahweap Area Services to Close for the 2014-15 Winter Season


The comfort stations at Wahweap Beach and the Wahweap picnic grounds will close for the winter in coming weeks. The Wahweap Beach comfort station will be winterized and closed onNovember 17, 2014. The picnic area comfort station will close onDecember 1, 2014.



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November 15, 2014

Glen Canyon National Recreation Area


Rainbow Bridge National Monument to Close for Trail Repair Jan 2015


Rainbow Bridge National Monument will be closed for the month of January to complete repairs to the trail from Lake Powell. On January 5, 2015crews will begin work to repair segments of the trail that were damaged in the monsoon floods that occurred in late September 2013. Because of the nature of this work there will be no access for visitors coming from Lake Powell. Hikers who have obtained permits from the Navajo Parks and Recreation Department to hike from Navajo Mountain will be able to access the viewing area but not the remaining trail going to Lake Powell.



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November 12, 2014

Western Outdoor Times


Ten Thousand Bucks Available For Best Safe And Clean Boating-Outreach Projects


Like the name implies, the goal of the boater-funded BoatUS Foundation for boating safety and Clean Water is to educate boaters about safe and clean boating. The Foundation is looking to fund Grassroots Grant projects that utilize new, innovative approaches that encourage safe and clean boating among the boating public.

Organizations with the best ideas will be awarded grants of up to $10,000 to implement their project. However, applications need to be submitted by Jan. 15, 2015, and public online voting on the applications will take place in early spring 2015.

Read more



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November 3, 2014



Life Jacket Type Code Labels Go Away


Step Toward Eliminating Confusion and Introduction of New Designs


A press release issued Sept. 30, 2014, “Life Jacket Type Code Labels Goes Away” discusses the US Coast Guard’s recent move to eliminate on Oct. 22 the familiar Type I-V code labeling requirements for recreational boat life jackets. Boat Owners Association of The United States (BoatUS) supports this move. We would like to provide some clarification and additional information to our original release:

--Type coding is being removed as a USCG requirement as of October 22nd. However, manufacturers will continue to use Type I-V coding until newer labels are designed and approved, and new standards are adopted.

--Removing type coding is simply the first step in a multi-year process, which includes designing new labels and developing new, ‘harmonized’ standards. Once that is accomplished, manufacturers will then be able to get jackets approved under the new standards. It’s at that point that we’ll see life jackets without the current type coding on their labels.

--Our friends in the life jacket manufacturing community further advise that 2017 is likely the earliest they could potentially see any new life jacket standards on production lines.

--Current life jackets that have Type I-V coding on their labels will be legal to sell and wear for the useful life of the jacket.

The original press release is here:



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October 28, 2014

Lake Mead National Recreation Area


Experience Wilderness with Lake Mead’s New Explore Maps


BOULDER CITY, Nevada –When people think of wilderness, they seldom think of houseboats, cars or four-wheelers, but at Lake Mead National Recreation Area, there is a way for visitors to experience the park's wilderness areas using all of these modes of transportation.

Lake Mead is home to nine wilderness areas, all located in Nevada. They were designated in 2002 to preserve the undeveloped land, so each one retains its primitive character and influence. Part of that designation means that motorized vehicles and bicycles aren't allowed in the wilderness areas.

Fortunately for enthusiasts who appreciate nature and a good four-wheel-drive experience or the comforts of home, most of Lake Mead NRA's wilderness areas are bordered by roads and waterways where the restrictions don't apply.

The park has just released six self-guided adventures that range from quick trips by car, to peaceful raft trips down the river to a four-wheel-drive backcountry trip to Lake Mead. All locations are just one to two hours from Las Vegas.

"We want people to explore these wilderness areas in ways that they like to recreate. We just ask that they do so respectfully, so that others may have similar experiences," said Christie Vanover, park spokesperson.

Each Explore Map highlights a wilderness area in the park and describes what makes it unique, including its flora, fauna and geologic features. The maps also include seven leave no trace principles as guidelines to help protect the resource.

Redstone is located just off Northshore Road at mile marker 27. People can drive straight to the picnic area, park and hike the easy half-mile trail or climb among the red sandstone outcroppings and ancient lava flows.

"Redstone is our mini-version of Red Rock Canyon or Valley of Fire," said Vanover. "The stunning pop of red geology is a ruby in the desert."

Just north of Redstone at mile marker 30 is Boathouse Cove Road. It's a 9.1-mile backcountry road that splits Pinto Valley Wilderness and Jimbilnan Wilderness areas and leads to Lake Mead. There are two primitive campsites along the route.

The first mile of the unpaved road has small rocks and is easily accessible with a high-clearance vehicle, but after that, the rocks turn to boulders and four-wheel-drive is needed.

For those who prefer the comforts of home like satellite TV, a full kitchen, hot tubs and a soft bed, Forever Resorts rents houseboats on both Lake Mead and Lake Mohave. Renters can observe the wilderness views along the Nevada shorelines, or they can pull the boat up to a beach and take a hike for the day.

Another way to experience the wilderness by water is along the Black Canyon Water Trail. Visitors can bring their own paddle craft or rent one from an authorized outfitter. Permitted businesses also offer guided raft, canoe and kayak trips from the base of the Hoover Dam down the river.

The final two Explore Maps are located in the Mohave District and offer a unique a look into human history.

At Grapevine Canyon, visitors can walk a short distance from the parking area to see petroglyphs etched into large boulders. At Pipe Spring, visitors can park at the end of the road and hike through granite and metamorphic rock that is about 1.5 billion years old.

"Both of these areas play a prominent role in the religion and mythology of the Yuman tribes of the lower Colorado River, so like all areas of the park, we ask that you enjoy these rare sites with respect," said Vanover.

Grapevine Canyon and Pipe Spring should be accessed from the south off Highway 163. They are also accessible from US 93, but that route has been damaged by recent storms and requires a four-wheel-drive high-clearance vehicle.

All of the Explore Maps can be downloaded from the park's website at

For more information about Lake Mead National Recreation Area's nine wilderness areas and the 50th anniversary of the Wilderness Act, visit

High-resolution photos of the wilderness areas can be downloaded here.



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October 27, 2014

Lake Mead National Recreation Area


Upcoming Events at Lake Mead National Recreation Area Oct 25 – Nov 30


The following events are happening at Lake Mead National Recreation Area or with its staff Oct. 25 through Nov. 30.

Get Outdoors Nevada Day, Oct 25

Lake Mead National Recreation Area, its business partners and the Southern Nevada Agency Partnership will be in full force celebrating recreation at Get Outdoors Nevada Day from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Oct. 25 at Craig Ranch Regional Park in North Las Vegas.

The free family-friendly event features interactive exhibits, walking, running and biking trails, a K9 area, tennis courts, basketball courts and baseball fields, lounging areas, theme lodges, a climbing wall and one of the largest skate parks in the country.

Come learn about ways to get out in Nevada to do everything from picnicking at a winery to snowboarding down a mountain or paddling the Southwest’s first National Water Trail.

The Southern Nevada Agency Partnership Explore! Mobile Exhibit will be on display with interactive videos, a photo gallery and recreation maps for public lands throughout Southern Nevada. The photography, artwork and poetry of students who have participated in the Graduation 2016 – Healthy Land, Healthy People program will be showcased.

In addition, staff from the federal agencies will provide information about volunteering at Lake Mead, Spring Mountains/Mount Charleston, the Desert National Wildlife Refuge Complex, Red Rock Canyon and Sloan Canyon . For more information, visit

Ranger Talk: Public Lands: Treasures of Southern Nevada, Oct 25-26

Rangers will share information about the variety of public lands that surround the Las Vegas Valley. Talks are at 11:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. Oct. 25 and 26 at the Lake Mead Visitor Center. For more information, call 702-293-8990.

Pumpkinman Triathlon, Oct 25

Around 1,000 athletes will race through Lake Mead National Recreation Area Oct. 25 during the Pumpkinman Triathlon. The swim portion of the race takes place at Boulder Beach. Then, athletes will bike along Lakeshore Road. Visitors to Lake Mead may experience delays. Drivers should use caution when passing cyclists. Cyclists are reminded that they must bike in single file on the roadways. Cycling abreast is not permitted within Lake Mead NRA. For more information on this permitted event, visit

Ranger Program: Scary Stories and Spooky Animals, Oct 30

Prepare for Halloween with rangers as they tell scary stories and teach guests about animals that some consider frightening from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. Oct. 30 at the Lake Mead Visitor Center. For more information, call 702-293-8990.

Halloween Night Hike, Oct 30

Join rangers on a night hike to learn about animals of the night from 6 to 8 p.m. Oct. 30. Meet at the Historic Railroad Trailhead. Bring a water and flashlight. For more information, call 702-293-8990.

Trick or Treat at Lake Mead, Oct 31

Trick or Treat at the Lake Mead Visitor Center all day Oct. 31. A costume contest will be held at 3:30 p.m. For more information, call 702-293-8990.

Ranger Talk: Park Invaders: Non-Native Species, Nov 1-2

Rangers will share information about non-native species that have invaded the recreation area and what scientists are doing to keep the species from overwhelming the park. Talks are at 11:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. Nov. 1 and 2 at the Lake Mead Visitor Center. For more information, call 702-293-8990.

Singing around the Campfire, Nov 1

Gather under the stars at the Boulder Beach Amphitheater from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Nov. 1 as Mike Kershaw, a local acoustic guitarist and vocalist, leads participants in songs, ranging from childhood favorites to popular songs of today to some of his own originals. For more information, call 702-293-8990.

Ride 2 Recovery Honor Ride, Nov 8

Around 500 people will ride through Lake Mead National Recreation Area Nov. 8 to honor the nation’s healing veterans. The ride begins on Las Vegas Boulevard and travels through Lake Mead on Northshore Road. Visitors to Lake Mead may experience delays. Drivers should use caution when passing cyclists. Cyclists are reminded that they must bike in single file on the roadways. Cycling abreast is not permitted within Lake Mead NRA. For more information on this permitted event, visit

Ranger Talk: Outdoor Fun: A Child’s Nature Perspective, Nov 8-9

Bring the kids and learn about the variety of ways they can learn about Lake Mead National Recreation Area. Talks are at 11:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. Nov. 8 and 9 at the Lake Mead Visitor Center. For more information, call 702-293-8990.

Fee-free day, Nov 11

Entrance fees will be waived at Lake Mead National Recreation Area Nov. 11 in honor of Veterans Day. Fees for camping, lake use or use of concessions still apply.

Ranger Talk: Lake Mead Rocks: Geology 101, Nov 16

Rangers will share information about how the landscape of the recreation area has changed over millions of years from tropical shallow seas to fiery volcanoes. Talks are at 11:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. Nov. 16 at the Lake Mead Visitor Center. For more information, call 702-293-8990.

Ranger Talk: Wingspan Myths, Nov 23

Rangers will share information about the wingspans of a variety of desert birds. Talks are at 11:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. Nov. 23 at the Lake Mead Visitor Center. For more information, call 702-293-8990.

Mountain Man Turkey Trot Nov 27

Around 1,000 people will race through Lake Mead National Recreation Area Nov. 27 along the Historic Railroad Trail for the annual Turkey Trot. The 12K races to the Hoover Dam and back. There is also a 5K and one-mile course. Visitors to Lake Mead may experience delays along Lakeshore Road. Due to limited parking, participants should park near the Hacienda on US 93. For more information on this permitted event, visit

Ranger Talk: Public Lands: Treasures of Southern Nevada, Nov 30

Rangers will share information about the variety of public lands that surround the Las Vegas Valley. Talks are at 11:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. Nov. 30 at the Lake Mead Visitor Center. For more information, call 702-293-8990.



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October 26, 2014

Cronkite News Service


Taking aim at party-spot image, Parker group fights drug use among kids


By Lauren Loftus
Cronkite News


Access Across Arizona is an initiative to increase news coverage in Arizona communities often underreported by mainstream news media. Using advanced cellular broadcast technology, Cronkite News students travel to Arizona’s rural communities to produce broadcast, digital and live-television reports via Arizona PBS. This technology was made possible by a grant from the ASU Foundation and Women & Philanthropy.

Drug Free Communities:

Grants are awarded by the Office of National Drug Control Policy's Drug-Free Communities Support Program. Recipients must match their awards with in-kind services to build stronger local solutions to youth drug abuse.

Arizona's other new grantees in 2014 were:

• CODAC Behavioral Health Services of Pima County, Inc.

• Coolidge Youth Coalition

• South East Arizona Behavioral Health Services Inc., Safford

• Our Family Services Inc., Tucson

PARKER – Roughly a million visitors pass through La Paz County every year, ranging from so-called river rats drawn to the Colorado River to RV-driving snowbirds seeking mild winters.

Though the influx is good for the economy, officials say this area’s reputation as a party spot can give children the wrong message – namely that daily partying and drug use are normal.

The Parker Area Alliance for Community Empowerment, or PAACE, was established in 1995 to combat this perception among the 3,000 or so permanent residents in the county seat of Parker. And after years of trying, this year the group was one of 197 programs nationwide to be awarded a federal Drug Free Communities grant.

“Around here, we’ve changed the old line, ‘The third time is the charm.’ No, it’s the fourth time is the charm,” said Duce Minor, the group’s executive director.

Minor said the $125,000 the group will receive each of the next five years will boost its efforts to empower children.

“We have kids in leadership roles in everything we do,” he said. “If we do things their way, we’re generally successful.”

PAACE offers several programs to keep kids involved in their community, including the Players After School Learning program for second- and third-graders and a parenting academy. They operate out of the Players 9th Street Youth Center, where those up to 18 years old are invited to just hang out. Everything is focused on positive messaging.

“I wouldn’t say we beat kids over the head with the ‘just say no’ message. It’s more about making good life choices,” Minor said.

Sheriff’s Lt. Curt Bagby, commander of the La Paz County Narcotics Task Force, said anti-drug education by the PAACE program is generally successful.

“When they get the kids over there on a daily basis, they get familiarity with them and they get respect … and when they talk to kids there, they can hear what’s really happening, you know who’s doing what, what’s going on,” he said.

To Bagby, PAACE organizers can sometimes be more successful than law enforcement when educating kids about drugs.

“A lot of kids don’t really to care to listen to a cop talk about drugs,” he said.

The Drug Free Community grant is given to communities that ensure effective, local solutions to local drug problems. According to Bagby, the two most abused drugs among local youth are alcohol and prescription drugs.

“A kid selling a handful of Vicodin or Xanax or something like that, selling them for 5 bucks a pop. And the only reason a handful or a pocketful is because that’s what they were able to get a hold of (from parents or a neighbor’s house),” he said.

According to the 2012 National Survey on Drug Use and Health, Arizona had the sixth-highest rate of prescription drug abuse at 5.66 percent of residents over the age of 12. In 2010, more than 10 percent of surveyed youth admitted to abusing prescription painkillers in the last 30 days.

To address this particular issue, PAACE works with the Sheriff’s Office to organize prescription take-back events and educate parents about the dangers of keeping old prescriptions in the house.

Sixteen-year-old Raven Evans, who volunteers with PAACE, said some of her peers have a hard time breaking away from drugs because their parents abuse drugs.

“But the kids that I hang out with, they had that problem with their parents, but they break away from it. Most of them hang out here,” Evans said at the 9th Street Youth Center.

Evans said at PAACE, there’s not the same pressures of school and work to just say no to drugs.

“That’s like someone saying be careful when you’re swimming instead of teaching them how to swim,” she said.

Parker native and former PAACE participant Oretensia Yazzie, whose two children now attend the after-school program, said she knows first-hand how the program can be effective.

“A lot of kids turn to drugs,” she said. “I was one of those kids, I got stuck in that lifestyle.”

Yazzie said being involved in the PAACE program made her more aware that she was heading down a dangerous path.

“I realized that I was going to mess up my life if I didn’t make a change,” she said.

PAACE director Minor said local kids can be influenced by what they see as a steady stream of partying weekenders who pass through the area.

“What they see throughout the summer and the winter is an ongoing, daily party atmosphere,” he said. “But they’re (the visitors) only here for a few days and then they’re going back home where they’re responsible adults, but I don’t think the kids make that connection.”

In response, Minor said PAACE has worked to draw focus away from that transient party scene and into the local, permanent community.

As a result, Minor said PAACE has received a lot of support from law enforcement, the school district, the Colorado River Indian Tribes and now the Drug Free Communities Support Program.

“At our monthly coalition meetings, we’ll have 30 to 35 people sitting around one big table talking about the issues together,” he said. “Attacking it from all those different angles is what’s making a difference.”


About this project:

About this project:

Access Across Arizona is an initiative to increase news coverage in Arizona communities often underreported by mainstream news media. Using advanced cellular broadcast technology, Cronkite News students travel to Arizona’s rural communities to produce broadcast, digital and live-television reports via Arizona PBS. This technology was made possible by a grant from the ASU Foundation and Women & Philanthropy.

Drug Free Communities:

Grants are awarded by the Office of National Drug Control Policy's Drug-Free Communities Support Program. Recipients must match their awards with in-kind services to build stronger local solutions to youth drug abuse.

Arizona's other new grantees in 2014 were:

• CODAC Behavioral Health Services of Pima County, Inc.

• Coolidge Youth Coalition

• South East Arizona Behavioral Health Services Inc., Safford

• Our Family Services Inc., Tucson




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October 25, 2014

Lake Mead National Recreation Area


Lake Mead RV Village Named a Top Scenic RV Park for 2014



Lake Mead RV Village has been named one of the most scenic RV parks in America and the most scenic in Nevada.

Editors and consultants of the Good Sam RV Travel Guide and Campground Directory selected the nation’s top eight scenic RV parks from a database of 8,000 private parks, looking for parks with landscaping that rivaled the stellar landscapes of surrounding areas.

“Many RV parks serve as jumping off points to scenic excursion. At Lake Mead Village on the shores of sprawling Lake Mead in Southern Nevada, guests can go on sightseeing tours or hike nearby trails to take in some of the spectacular surrounding scenery,” said Ann Emerson, vice president and publisher, Good Sam RV Travel Guide.

Just minutes from Las Vegas, Lake Mead RV Village offers 115 back-in, pull-through and lake view sites with power, water, sewer, cable TV, picnic tables and fire rings. The RV park also offers 24-hour laundry facilities, restrooms and a dump station. Most sites also have Wi-Fi.

"For our visitors, the beauty and outdoor recreation options surrounding Lake Mead RV Village are no secret," said Rod Taylor, regional vice president, Forever Resorts, which operates the RV park. "We're grateful for this recognition and – to all who like boating, fishing and hiking against a backdrop of majestic desert scenery – we look forward to seeing you here soon."

Along with a Bocce ball court, horseshoe pits and picnic areas, Lake Mead RV Village is walking distance to Boulder Beach and the River Mountains Loop Trail. Launch ramps and the Hoover Dam are also nearby.

Lake Mead RV Village has two meeting rooms for group activities with indoor seating and a deck with views of the lake. The on-site store sells firewood, groceries and RV supplies.

For more information about Lake Mead RV Village or to make reservations, visit or call 702-293-2540.

The other top scenic RV parks named by Good Sam include Eagle's Rest RV Park & Cabins in Valdez, Alaska; Indian Waters RV Resort & Cottages in Indio, California; Oak Creek RV Resort in El Cajon, California; Santa Nella RV Park in Santa Nella, California; Deer Creek Valley RV Park LLC in Topeka, Kansas; USA RV Park in Gallup, New Mexico; and Fort Tatham RV Park in Sylva, North Carolina.



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October 22, 2014

Lake Mead National Recreation Area


Swimmer’s itch possible this time of year


BOULDER CITY, Nev. – Every fall, waterfowl flock to shorelines at Lake Mead National Recreation Area. Parasites present in some of these birds may come in contact with human skin and lead to Swimmer’s Itch.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the parasites produce eggs that are passed in the feces of infected birds or mammals. Through a lifecycle process, larvae may burrow into swimmer’s skin, causing an allergic reaction.

“Because these larvae cannot develop inside a human, they soon die,” the CDC website on Swimmer’s Itch reports. “Most cases of Swimmer’s Itch do not require medical attention.”

Visitors who see excess waterfowl droppings at beaches are advised to stay out of the water. For those who choose to swim amid the birds, they should vigorously towel dry and rinse off as soon as possible.

If after swimming, a rash develops, first-aid treatment includes anti-itch lotion or corticosteroid cream.

This is a common occurrence worldwide during the migration season. For more information on Swimmer’s Itch, visit the CDC website at



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August 21, 2014

Coconino National Forest


C.C. Cragin (Blue Ridge) Reservoir and FR751 closed starting Friday


Clints Well, Ariz. – Starting tomorrow (Friday, August 22), the entire C.C. Cragin (Blue Ridge) Reservoir as well as Forest Road 751 will be closed. Rock Crossing Campground nearby will remain open for the season.

The closure will encompass the entire reservoir – not just the boat ramp – for public safety due to low water levels, loose rock falling on and around the boat ramp, as well as improvement work throughout the area. Forest managers on the Mogollon Rim Ranger District plan to reopen the reservoir in the spring.

For additional information and suggestions for other recreational opportunities in the area, visit our website at or contact the Mogollon Rim Ranger District at 928-477-2255.



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August 20, 2014

Lake Mead National Recreation Area


Road Closed, Trespassers Cited


BOULDER CITY, Nevada – The National Park Service closed Eldorado Canyon Road Aug. 4 due to major storm damage. Visitors who choose to violate the closure, may be cited, fined and could face up to six months in jail.

Capital Mine Road Damage

Aug. 4, a storm washed out half of Eldorado Canyon Road, which is the paved road within Lake Mead National Recreation Area that leads to Nelson’s Landing. Road crews reviewed the damage and are concerned about the stability of the remaining half of the road.


Initially, temporary barricades were used to close the area, but visitors moved the barricades and cut the locks and chains.


Aug. 15, cement barricades were put in place to block the hazardous road. When rangers patrolled the area Aug. 16, they found that someone had moved those barricades, as well.

This closure is in place to protect the public from driving across a road that could possibly collapse, which could cause major injuries or death, as well as damage to personal property.

Anyone caught violating the closure may be cited and could face up to $5,000 in fines and six months in jail. Aug. 17, rangers encountered more than 30 people violating the closure who were traveling along the damaged road from the lake back toward the city. Many received citations.

At this time, access to Nelson Landing and Placer Cove is only available from the water or via Aztec Wash Road, an unpaved approved road that starts near the town of Nelson, Nevada. Four-wheel drive, high-clearance vehicles are recommended for those who travel down the backcountry road. Travel through the wash should be avoided when it’s raining or when rain is in the forecast.

Visitors should not park at the closure and attempt to walk to the lake. In addition to the road being closed, the lake is 4.5 miles from the barricades. One person has already been rescued trying to attempt this trek.

A road crew from the Federal Highway Administration observed the damage and has estimated that the road repairs will take two to three months.

Outside the park, Nevada State Road 165 is still open, providing access to the Eldorado Canyon Mine and Aztec Wash Road.



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August 17, 2014

Coconino County Sheriff’s Office


Woods Canyon Lake Lightening Strike



Forest Lakes, AZ; On Saturday, August 10, 2014 at about 4:00 pm a Coconino County Sheriff’s Deputy assigned to the Forest Lakes Community and the Forest Lakes Fire Department were dispatched to the area of Spillway Campground at Woods Canyon Lake for a report of an adult male who was struck by lightning.  Once the emergency first responders arrived, they found a
41 year old man of Queen Creek, AZ had been struck by a bolt of lightning on his upper torso in the area of his right shoulder.  On scene observation revealed the lightning exited the victim’s body through his big toes.  Medical personnel immediately began life saving efforts on the victim who appeared to be seriously injured.

Due to the inclement weather, including heavy rain and hail, responders determined that air evacuation of the victim was not a safe option.  He was taken to the Payson Regional Hospital by ground ambulance and was subsequently transported to the Maricopa Burn Center. The investigation has revealed the victim, his wife and two children were at Woods Canyon Lake for a day of fishing when a large storm front moved over the Woods Canyon Lake area.  According to witnesses the victim lifted a metal framed camp chair over his head for cover at which time a bolt of lightning struck him and a tree located in close proximity to the victim’s location.  The last report received by the Sheriff’s Office listed the victim good condition.

You should be aware of the dangers that may come with monsoons.  The Coconino County Sheriff’s Office and the US Forest Service want visitors to enjoy their time on the forests and encourage visitors planning a trip to the area to “Know Before You Go


Lightning: What You Need to Know

· NO PLACE outside is safe when thunderstorms are in the area

· If you hear thunder, lightning is close enough to strike you

· When you hear thunder, immediately move to safe shelter: a substantial building with electricity or plumbing or an enclosed, metal-topped vehicle with windows up

· Stay in safe shelter at least 30 minutes after you hear the last sound of thunder

Last Resort Outdoor Risk Reduction Tips

If you are caught outside with no safe shelter anywhere nearby the following actions may reduce your risk:

· Immediately get off elevated areas such as hills, mountain ridges or peaks

· Never lie flat on the ground

· Never shelter under an isolated tree

· Never use a cliff or rocky overhang for shelter

· Immediately get out and away from ponds, lakes and other bodies of water

· Stay away from objects that conduct electricity (barbed wire fences, power lines, windmills, etc.)

Forecast weather conditions can be found at the National Weather Service webpage



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August 13, 2014

Bureau of Reclamation


2015 Lake Powell Water Release to Lake Mead Will Increase



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July 28 2014



Pull the plug and “Clean, Drain and Dry” your boat


Obey the law and stop the spread of Aquatic Invasive Species, or get a citation


The Arizona Game and Fish Department (AZGFD) reminds boaters to do their part in preventing the spread of Aquatic Invasive Species (AIS) in Arizona waters and preventing damage to their own watercraft. To protect Arizona lakes, rivers and streams from the devastating effects of invasive species, Arizona laws require boaters and anglers to clean, drain and dry their boats and pull the boat’s plug when leaving an AIS-affected lake.

While AZGFD Boating Education personnel continue to remind and educate boaters, Game and Fish officers and other law enforcement agencies will be on Arizona boat ramps this summer. They are making sure all boats leaving the water have removed standing bilge water, emptied live wells, cleaned off mud and vegetation and pulled their plugs to reduce the risk of invasive species contaminating other bodies of water.

“Pulling your plug and cleaning, draining and drying your boat are easy steps to prevent the spread of AIS,” said Tom McMahon, AIS program manager for AZGFD. “Do this every time you pull your boat out of the water, and you’ll be preventing these mussels from attaching and growing in your boat as well as protecting Arizona’s lakes and waterways.”

Invasive species have found their way into several Arizona lakes and rivers after being unwittingly transported from one body of water to another. Cleaning, draining and drying boats, trailers, waders and fishing equipment helps contain these invaders and minimizes damage to boats, canals, pipes, dams and aquatic habitats, not to mention native and sport fish populations.

“Boaters shouldn’t be surprised that we’re enforcing Arizona’s invasive species laws. They’ve been on the books since 2009, and pulling your plug when you leave an AIS-infested lake has been the law since 2012,” said Gene Elms, Law Enforcement Branch Chief for the AZGFD. “If you are observed leaving a lake without cleaning your boat, pulling your boat’s plug and keeping it out during transport, you will be cited. Ensuring the health and sustainability of Arizona’s rivers, lakes and stream for future generations is all of our responsibility.”

To view the Department’s watercraft decontamination protocols, visit:



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July 9, 2014

Bureau of Reclamation


Lake Mead Levels to Drop to Historic Lows


BOULDER CITY, Nev. – Lake Mead, the reservoir created by Hoover Dam, is anticipated this week to reach its lowest water level since the lake’s initial filling in the 1930s. The Bureau of Reclamation’s Boulder Canyon Operations Office is projecting the elevation to drop to 1,081.75 feet above sea level during the week of July 7 and to continue to drop, reaching approximately 1,080 feet in November of this year.

Reclamation’s Lower Colorado Region annually delivers about 9 million acre-feet (MAF) to homes, businesses, farms, Native American tribes and communities, and Mexico.

“We will meet our water orders this year and we are not projecting a shortage condition in 2015,” said Lower Colorado Regional Director Terry Fulp. “We continue to closely monitor the projections of declining lake levels and are working with stakeholders throughout the Lower Basin to keep as much water in Lake Mead as we can through various storage and conservation efforts.”

Annual releases from Lake Powell and Lake Mead are determined in accordance with the 2007 Colorado River Interim Guidelines for Lower Basin Shortages and Coordinated Operations for Lake Powell and Lake Mead (Guidelines). Only if Lake Mead is projected to reach elevation 1,075 feet on January 1 of each year would the Secretary of the Interior determine a shortage condition and reduce water deliveries in the Lower Basin.

Lake Mead’s elevation is currently projected to be at approximately 1,083 feet on January 1, 2015.

In Water Year 2014 (ending on September 30, 2014), Lake Powell will have released a record low amount of water, 7.48 MAF into Lake Mead in accordance with the Guidelines. As of July 1, 2014, the forecasted inflow into Lake Powell is 95 percent of average for the water year. In Water Year 2015, Lake Powell’s release to Lake Mead is currently projected to be between 8.23 MAF and 9.0 MAF.



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July 6, 2014

SoFA Staff


Glen Canyon History



Glen Canyon National Recreation Area, Lake Powell, and the surrounding backcountry are major recreation attractions. Leisurely houseboating, water skiing, fishing, hiking, roch climbing, and other activities bring many visitors to the area.

Glen Canyon has a pioneer history that few modern visiters know. The website of Lake Powell Resorts features an interesting narrative of Glen Canyon histort...

Lake Powell was created in 1963 when the Glen Canyon Dam held back the waters of the Colorado River, forming a vast blue lake surrounded by beautiful sandstone walls. Remarkably, it took 17 years for the lake to fill the canyon to the high water mark (3700' above sea level), giving America its second largest man-made lake - and a playground like no place else on earth. Here are some highlights of our lake's history:

May 24, 1869: Major John Wesley Powell, an intrepid one-armed civil war veteran, left Green River, Wyoming, leading an expedition down the Green and Colorado Rivers. The expedition ended on August 29, 1869, near Grand Wash Cliffs. His expedition of the Colorado River filled in the last blank spot on the map of the United States.

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June 24, 2014

Lake Mead National Recreation Area


Interior Designates Southwest’s First National Water Trail



BOULDER CITY, Nevada – Secretary of Interior Sally Jewell has designated a portion of the Lower Colorado River that flows through Lake Mead National Recreation Area as a National Water Trail.

“This recognition places the Black Canyon Water Trail in a distinctive national network of exemplary water trails and commends the efforts of the local community and partners in promoting active involvement in the conservation of our water resources,” Jewell wrote in a congratulatory letter to members of the Lower Colorado River Water Trail Alliance.

The alliance submitted the Black Canyon Water Trail application in 2012. Through this designation, it is now one of 16 nationally recognized water trails nationwide. It is the first water trail in America’s Southwest and the first that traverses through a desert.

Visitors can access the Black Canyon Water Trail through a guided tour at the base of the Hoover Dam or from Willow Beach, Arizona, or near an old mining town in Eldorado Canyon, Nevada.

As visitors travel down the 30-mile trail alongside wilderness and solitude, they can stop at sandy beaches, colorful caves, plentiful coves and active hot springs. Desert bighorn sheep and other wildlife are often seen on the cliffs along the river. There is also a great deal of history associated with the construction of and research connected to Hoover Dam including the sauna cave, gauging stations, catwalks, trails and building foundations.

“These trails provide an opportunity for families to get outside and explore some of our nation’s most beautiful waterways, and by highlighting them as part of the National Water Trails System, more visitors will have the opportunity to visit and add value to their local economies,” National Park Service Director Jonathan B. Jarvis said. “The National Water Trails System highlights the best of our nation’s water trails that encourage recreation and stewardship.”

Hoover Dam

Launching at Hoover Dam is an exclusive experience provided by a limited number of vendors in Southern Nevada and Northern Arizona. Visitors are escorted to the launch site on a narrated bus ride into the Hoover Dam Security Zone. Before rafting or paddling down the water trail, guides describe the engineering marvel that is holding back up to 28.9 million acre feet of water in Lake Mead. Tours range from float trips near the dam to day trips to full exploration tours.

Willow Beach

Located 14 miles south of Hoover Dam off of U.S. 93 on the Arizona side of the water trail, Willow Beach offers a variety of amenities, including a launch ramp and full-service marina with watercraft, canoe and kayak rentals; a campground and RV park; and a store and restaurant. The beach and fishing pier are also popular destinations. Whether hiking, rafting, boating or fishing, visitors at this part of the Black Canyon Water Trail enjoy sheer cliffs of multicolored rocks, sandy beaches and secluded coves.

Nelson Landing
Eldorado Canyon

The Black Canyon Water Trail ends at Eldorado Canyon, an area known for its mining history, which was active when Nevada achieved statehood in 1864. Steamboats would transport the ore from Eldorado Canyon along the Colorado River down to the Gulf of California. Mine tours are offered daily outside of the park boundaries near the community of Nelson, and vendors offer kayak, paddleboard and hiking tours within the park.

The Lower Colorado River Water Trail Alliance was formed in 2012 to pursue the designation of a National Water Trail, promote the recreation experience, protect the water’s natural beauty and resources, and engage the public in its stewardship. The alliance includes representatives from the National Park Service, Bureau of Reclamation, Outside Las Vegas Foundation, outfitters/local businesses, the Chamber of Commerce and outdoor enthusiasts.

For more information on the Black Canyon Water Trail
Black Canyon Water Trail:

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June 12, 2014

SoFA Staff


Lake Powell's Wahweap Campground


Wahweap campground at Lake Powell is operated by the Park's Concessionaire. The development features...

112 dry campsites (no hook-ups), 90 full hook-ups, and 6 group camping sites.

Facilities include restrooms, laundry, showers, store, phones, dump station and potable water. The amphitheater, picnic area and swim beach are nearby.

To make reservations for full hook-ups, group or dry camping please call 800-528-6154.



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June 8, 2014

Coconino National Forest


Ashurst Lake Boat Ramp Is Closed


Ashurst Lake boat ramp is closed due to extremely low water that has produced hazards, ruts and objects that can cause damage to boat trailers.



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May 6, 2014

Glen Canyon National Recreation Area


Castle Rock Cut and Bullfrog Ramp Completed


Glen Canyon National Recreation Area staff in partnership with ARAMARK, completed the Castle Rock Cut excavation which lowered the bottom elevation to 3580'. Funds from project user fees were used to complete the project. Use of this shortcut to uplake areas will be dependent on lake levels and the draft of each vessel. As the lake rises, boaters are asked to exercise caution and use the cut at their own risk.

Construction on the Bullfrog main launch ramp has also been completed with funds from project user fees and assistance from ARAMARK. The concrete surface was extended to an elevation of 3570' and widened by an additional 40 feet. The ramp is fully operational and at current lake levels (3578') provides approximately 8 feet of water depth at the end of the ramp.

Antelope Point public ramp remains closed to launching due to water levels. Stateline ramp is scheduled to open May 22.



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April 30, 2014



Alamo Lake closed to water skiers and towing devices


Low lake level exposes hazards normally under water


Due to very low water levels, the Arizona Game and Fish Department is temporarily closing Alamo Lake to all water skiing and towable devices effective April 30, 2014. The lake’s diminishing water level has exposed many partially submerged trees, rock outcroppings and other hazards, making this closure necessary for public safety.

The upper portion of Alamo Lake is permanently closed to skiing for similar reasons. Arizona Game and Fish is temporarily expanding the existing closure area for water skiing and the use of towable devices to include the entire lake. All other watercraft use remains available to the public during this closure.

A sign alerting boaters to the closure is being placed at the main access road in Wenden (approximately 35 miles before the lake), as well as at each shoreline access road at the lake.

“The closure to water skiing and other towable devices on Alamo Lake is considered temporary,” said Ron Christofferson, boating facilities program manager for Arizona Game and Fish. “This temporary designation will be rescinded once the danger to the public is alleviated by higher water levels.”




Central Arizona lakes were created by placing one or more dams  along four rivers:

  • Salt River
  • Verde River
  • Agua Fria River
  • Gila River

Arizona lakes on the Salt River in central Arizona are convenient to most anglers in the Phoenix - Mesa area. These lakes are in the Tonto National Forest, east of Phoenix.

The lakes are:

  • Roosevelt
  • Apache
  • Canyon
  • Saguaro

Roosevelt is the largest and most popular fishing lake on the Salt River. This lake yields a variety of warm water fish, including large crappie, bass, catfish.  




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Roosevelt Lake can be accessed from three directions:

  • By way of the Beeline Highway (State Route 87, north of Mesa, Arizona) and then south on State Route 188 to the Tonto Creek arm of the lake.
  • State Route 60 east of Mesa, then northwest on State Route 188 near Miami, Arizona, to the Salt River arm of the lake.
  • State Route 88 (Apache Trail northeast from Apache Junction) to the dam. This route takes you past Canyon and Apache Lakes. This road is gravel and is steep, narrow and winding once you get several miles beyond Canyon Lake.


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Apache Lake sits below Roosevelt Lake and above Canyon Lake. This lake gets the least fishing pressure. Maybe it's because of the winding dirt road and infamous Fish Creek Hill, or possibly because you must pass another lake to get to Apache.

To reach Apache Lake you must go past Canyon or Roosevelt Lake.

People towing larger boats often reach Apache Lake by going past Roosevelt Lake and turning southwest onto State Route 88 at the dam.


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Apache Lake is popular with small mouth bass anglers and Desert Bighorn Sheep..

Canyon Lake sits between Apache and Saguaro Lakes. Canyon Lake is accessed by way of the Apache Trail. The lake yields large and small mouth bass, catfish, and a few trout.

Saguaro Lake is accessed from two directions.

  • From the Beeline (State Route 87 north from Mesa), then south on the Bush Highway.
  • By way of the Bush Highway, north of Mesa, along the Salt River.

The Salt River above Roosevelt Lake provides some good cat fishing.

The Salt River below Saguaro Lake can be a good trout water during the winter months. During hot weather "tubers" float this stretch of river.

Among the Arizona Lakes near Phoenix, Lake Pleasant is probably the most popular fishing... and boating, lake in the area. Lake Pleasant is on the Agua Fria River, northwest of Phoenix, It can be a pretty good bass, striper and crappie lake.


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Lake Pleasant is reached by going:

  • North from Phoenix on I-17 (Black Canyon Highway), and then west on Carefree Highway (State Route 74).
  • For those in the Peoria / Sun City area, take 99th Avenue north to the Carefree Highway.

Arizona lakes on the Verde River are Bartlett and Horseshoe Lakes, northeast of Carefree, Arizona. Bartlett can offer good catfish and bass fishing.




The Verde River above Horseshoe Lake and below Bartlett Lake produces small mouth bass and catfish.

Arizona lakes include another productive body of water... or (sometimes) two I should mention. San Carlos Lake is on the San Carlos Apache Indian reservation east of Globe. This lake is fed by the Gila River. When this lake has enough water, it can produce hot bass fishing.

The Gila River is unique among Arizona's rivers. It flows east to west across the entire state. The Gila originates along the western slope of the Rocky Mountains in New Mexico, and joins the Colorado River above Yuma.

The sometimes lake is formed behind Painted Rock Dam in unusually wet years. Painted Rock is a flood control dam. It only allows a controlled amount of water to flow through. In flood years, water backs up behind the dam and forms a lake over fields that are usually farmed. While this lake has a sporadic and short life cycle, it can be very productive.

Fishing the desert lakes in summer is usually done at night and first light. If you enjoy night fishing, here's an interesting article on glow in the dark fishing lures.

Look out for rattlesnakes in the vicinity of water... especially on warm nights. 

Arizona lakes also include some cool high country trout lakes South of Flagstaff. Come on up.

The map below shows the relative locations of the major (warm water) river lakes.


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The map also illustrates the various river drainages, including the Little Colorado River system and the Verde / Salt / Gila River system.

Arizona lakes on the lower Colorado River are outside the scope of this page. Try a Google search using the keyword phrase Lake Havasu boating, Lake Mohave fishing, Lake Mead fishing, or Lake Powell fishing.

The Arizona Highways website offers several publications that anglers will find informative, interesting... and beautiful.





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My favorite Arizona lakes happen to be in the high country... where cold water, juniper and pine forests, and trout are the rule.

A quick Google search using a keyword phrase such as colorado river lakes or arizona desert lakes will give you some other good links. Be sure to notice the relevant ads... those are resources also.




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