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The Forest Service is planning open houses/public meetings, summer of 2013

The Forest Service is planning to hold open houses/public meetings about their Pre-decisional Environmental Assessment for the Fossil Creek Comprehensive Resource Management Plan. The Pre-decisional EA has not yet been released to the public. When it is released, it will be available at: http://www.fs.usda.gov/coconino

Comprehensive River Management Plan

Current project information is available on the Coconino National Forest website.  Any new documents will be placed at this site as they become finalized and available to the public. Forest Service Fossil Creek web page.

Forest Road 708 into Fossil Creek closed until April 15, 2015

The Tonto National Forest reissued the closure order for Forest Road 708 into Fossil Creek near Strawberry. The road remains closed from 1/2 mile west of the upper Fossil Springs trailhead and down into the canyon until immediately east of the Waterfall trailhead. The order will remain in effect from April 15, 2013 until April 15, 2015 or until rescinded. The Forest Service closure order can be read here: 708 Rd. Closure_2013-2015

Camping and Campfire Regulations

The Forest Service implemented a new closure order for Fossil Creek on March 8, 2010. This closure order restricts camping and campfires as follows:

1) Camping is prohibited within ¼ mile on either side of Fossil Creek starting at the Fossil Creek Bridge in Township 12 North, Range 7 East, Section 29 and continuing upstream to the old Fossil Creek Dam site located in Section 14.
2) Camping is prohibited within 100 ft on both sides of Fossil Creek starting in the southern boundary (Stehr Lake area) and continuing upstream to the Fossil Creek Bridge.
3) Campfires are prohibited within 1/4 mile on either side of Fossil Creek beginning in the vicinity of Stehr Lake upstream to the confluence of Sandrock Creek and Calf Pen Creek located in Section 7.

View a map of the new closure order rules: Fossil Creek Poster.pdf

Roundtail Chub

Roundtail chub, August 31, 2009

Roundtail chub, August 31, 2009

Between October 3 and April 30th each year, a 4.5 mile segment of Fossil Creek becomes a seasonal catch-and-release only roundtail chub fishery; artificial fly and lure only, single barbless hook. Headwater chub are included in the catch and release fishery. Chub chub must be immediately released unharmed; no chub may be kept. Fishing is allowed during the seasonal period only between the waterfall (approximately 1 mile above the Flume Trail parking area along FS road 708) to the downstream-most power line crossing (immediately below Sally May Wash). Arizona Game and Fish Department fishing regulations are available at http://www.azgfd.gov/h_f/fishing_rules.shtml

On July 6, 2009, the US Fish and Wildlife Service designated the roundtail chub as a candidate species under the Endangered Species Act. Roundtail chub are present in Fossil Creek. The Fish and Wildlife Service determined that the roundtail chub warrants protection under the ESA, however, that listing was determined to be ” warranted but precluded,” meaning that work on listing other species at greater risk of extinction will take precedence. For more information, visit the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service link: http://www.fws.gov/southwest/es/arizona/Roundtail.htm