Lower Salt River remains open amid Stage 3 fire restrictions

While nearly all of Tonto National Forest’s nearly 3 million acres are currently closed to public entry due to extreme fire danger, the recreation sites along the Lower Salt River remain open. This includes all of the main recreation sites used by kayakers and paddle boarders, including: Water Users, Pebble Beach, Blue Point, Goldfield, Coons Bluff, Phon D Sutton, and Granite Reef.

Stage II fire restrictions are still in effect

While the Lower Salt River remains open to paddling, there are still significant fire restrictions in effect for the area.

  • No smoking, except within an enclosed vehicle or building, or in a developed recreation site.
  • No fires, campfires, or stoves (this includes both charcoal and gas grills)

Please exercise caution while recreating in the area—especially in stopping on top of dry vegetation, dragging trailer chains, or discarding cigarette butts.

Let’s do the right thing and ensure that our favorite local river corridor remains undamaged during this difficult fire season.

To report a wildland fire, call 1-866-746-6516 (24 hours, toll free)