The USDA Forest Service, including the Tonto National Forest, will waive fees at most day-use recreation sites Feb. 17 in honor of Presidents Day. The fee-waiver day is the second in a series of such opportunities offered by the agency in 2020.
Presidents Day honors our nation’s presidents, with emphasis on President Washington and President Lincoln. On observed holidays such as Presidents Day, all Tonto National Forest Ranger District offices along with the Supervisor’s Office will close. Offices will resume normal business hours the following day.
The USDA Forest Service also is waiving fees on:
• National Get Outdoors Day: June 13
• National Public Lands Day: Sept. 26
• Veterans Day: Nov. 11
The fee waiver program is offered in cooperation with other federal land management agencies under the Federal Lands Recreation Enhancement Act. Fees generally are waived for day-use areas, such as picnic grounds and developed trailheads.
Fees charged at facilities operated by concessionaires, as well as fees for overnight camping at Forest Service-developed campgrounds, will not be waived.
For the remainder of 2020, a Tonto Pass usually is required at day-use 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, and can also be purchased at fee machines located across the Forest. For information regarding passes, call the Tonto National Forest at 602-225-5200 during standard business hours.
Tonto National Forest recreation sites scheduled to participate in the Feb. 17 fee-free day include:
Apache Lake - Burnt Corral Picnic Site & Boating Roosevelt Lake - Schoolhouse Boating
Apache Lake - Lower Burnt Corral Shoreline Roosevelt Lake - Windy Hill Boating
Apache Lake - Three Mile Wash Shoreline Roosevelt Lake - Bermuda Flat Shoreline
Apache Lake – Upper Burnt Corral Shoreline Roosevelt Lake – Cholla Bay Shoreline
Bartlett Lake – Rattlesnake Saguaro Lake - Saguaro Del Norte Boating
Bartlett Lake – Jojoba Saguaro Lake - Butcher Jones
Bartlett Lake - Yellow Cliffs Saguaro Lake - Saguaro Del Norte
Bartlett Lake - Bartlett Flat Shoreline Salt River - Blue Point
Bartlett Lake - SB Cove Shoreline Salt River - Coon Bluff
Canyon Lake – Acacia Salt River – Goldfield
Canyon Lake – Boulder Salt River - Granite Reef
Canyon Lake - Palo Verde Salt River – Pebble Beach
Canyon Lake - Laguna Picnic Site & Boating Salt River - Phon D. Sutton
Canyon Lake - Palo Verde Picnic Site & Boating Salt River - Water Users
Roosevelt Lake - Cholla Boating Verde River - Box Bar Shoreline
Roosevelt Lake - Grapevine Boating Verde River – Needle Rock