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New 'Rock The Boat' Sponsor

Infinity Fabrics, a leader in woven vinyl surfaces, is preparing for growth by updating its logo, brand look and Web site to align with the future of the company. After spending several years...

Captain's Corner

Well, summer is finally here, we have temperatures well above 100 degrees on a daily basis. It is time to head to the lakes and rivers in the great State of Arizona. Oh, but first — • Do you have ...

From The Homefront

Twice a month, Coast Guard All Hands [features] "From the Homefront," a column for Coast Guard spouses by Coast Guard spouse Shelley Kimball. Shelley has been married to Capt. Joe Kimball,...

AZGFD Offers Tips For Boating Safely, Responsibly

Time on Arizona's many lakes can be fun for the entire family, but great memories can only be made if that fun is done safely and responsibly. The Arizona Game and Fish Department reminds boaters and ...

California Recreational Boaters Advised To Exercise More Caution This Summer

SACRAMENTO, Calif. - An analysis of 2014 recreational boating accidents shows that drought makes boating riskier, according to the California State Parks Division of Boating and Waterways....

U.S. Coast Guard Releases Boating-Safety App

The Coast Guard has released its first boating safety app. However, the Boating Safety Mobile app was not designed to replace a boater's marine VHF radio, which the Coast Guard strongly recommends...

Coast Guard Bomb-Sniffing Dog Retires

A Coast Guard Explosive Detection K9 retired after six years of service, in a retirement ceremony held at the Maritime Safety and Security Team in Galveston, Texas. Chief Bert, a Coast Guard military ...

Recreational Boating Industry Turning to Biobutanol as Alternative Biofuel

Washington, D.C. – June 17, 2015 – Engine manufacturers from across the recreational boating industry have identified biobutanol as a suitable and safe alternative biofuel to ethanol, a...

Ethanol

Last week, the EPA held the only public forum on its proposal to raise the ethanol levels in our fuel supply. It was held in the heart of corn country, and no surprise it was decidedly a one-sided...

Tonto National Forest Lifts Fire Restrictions

PHOENIX -- Campfire and smoking restrictions on the Tonto National Forest have been lifted, effective at 8 a.m. on Thursday, July 2. The fire restrictions, which covered the entire forest, are no...

Great American Campout Raises Funds For Wildlife

DENVER- Camping in Colorado offers scenic views, solitude and escape. Joining in the Great American Campout June 27 to Sept. 7 means raising funds for wildlife too. Colorado Parks and Wildlife,...

On The Cover

In her article that features ten places to "Beat the Heat" during an Arizona summer, Margie Anderson notes that one of her favorites is Prescott and nearby Watson Lake. She says that although this...

Sitting On The Dock Of The Bay

BEYOND ARIZONA – Kelsee Haws, San Tan Valley, Ariz., is one of over 20 Arizona students who took an Education First tour of the South Pacific in June. She sits on a dock of Lake Okareka,...

Downstream

We're Looking Forward To October And - Prescott!

What: Prescott's Great Outdoors - Outdoor Recreation Festival & Expo When: Saturday, Oct. 10-Sunday, Oct. 11, from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Where: Watson Lake Park - 3101 Watson Lake Road Why: Please...

Kurt R. Davis Assumes Role of AZGFD Game and Fish Commission Chairman

PHOENIX – Kurt R. Davis is the new chairman of the Arizona Game and Fish Commission. Davis will lead the five-member commission for the 2015-16 fiscal year, which began July 1. Each commissioner...

Bartlett Lake - 4th of July Is Only Once A Year!

Well, the BEST place to do that is right here at Bartlett Lake! Located right in the heart of the Tonto National Forest, Bartlett Lake is the second largest lake in the Phoenix Metro Valley area,...

Lake Pleasant Celebrates Fourth Of July

(Morristown) – The Fourth of July is quickly approaching! Pack up the kids, neighbors and friends and make plans to witness one of the finest firework displays in the Valley at Lake Pleasant...

Grand Canyon Walkway Between Train Depot And El Tovar Hotel To Temporarily Close

Grand Canyon, Ariz. –Starting July 1st, Grand Canyon National Park’s Trail Crew will begin repairs to the trail and staircase between the train depot and the El Tovar Hotel. During the repairs,...

WDFW Plans Public Meeting To Discuss Kalama River Steelhead Management

VANCOUVER, Wash. - State fishery managers have scheduled a public meeting Thursday (June 25) in Vancouver to discuss changes in the way the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) is...

NMMA Encourages Angling Advocacy Through Bass Anglers for Saltwater Conservation

Washington, D.C. – June 18, 2015 – The National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA) announced today is official endorsement of Bass Anglers for Saltwater Conservation (BASC), a new intuitive...

Lake Powell - Turn Your Angling Adventure Into Success

Subtle changes in fishing conditions continue. Here are some of the small events that may change your fishing adventure into a successful trip. Stripers have now received that warm-water spawning...

Sol Duc River Closes To Fishing Near Sol Duc Hatchery

Action: Close to fishing the Sol Duc River from 200 feet downstream of the hatchery outfall creek upstream to the concrete pump station at the Sol Duc Hatchery. Effective Dates: June 18, 2015, until...

Final Stocking Of The Spring Season Is Completed

The final stocking of the season is done until September, but Arizona Game & Fish made it a big one. Please enjoy a safe and fun summer with your families. Here's the last load sheet for the...

Lake Tapps Reopens To Fishing

Action: Reopens Lake Tapps to fishing. Effective dates: June 20, 2015. Species affected: All fish. Location: Lake Tapps (Pierce County). Reason for action: Water levels are high enough to allow safe...

Bartlett Lake's Rattlesnake Fishing Pier Closed

PHOENIX -- A heads up to those wanting to fish from shore at Bartlett Lake. Rattlesnake fishing pier in Rattlesnake Cove is closed after a weld broke earlier this week. The pier will remain closed to ...

AZGFD Excerpts - Mid-June Report

Tip Of The Week If you are in Apache County, don't ignore Nelson Reservoir. It's often ignored by anglers zooming to Luna, Big Lake and beyond, but it's a decent late-spring rainbow producer. It even ...

Groundbreaking Event Celebrates Skagit Bay Restoration Project

OLYMPIA - A groundbreaking celebration is scheduled June 30 to mark the start of a two-year construction project in the Skagit River Delta that will support salmon recovery, protect farmland, and...

AZGFD Fishing Tip Of The Week

Largemouth bass fishing is a great bet at Bartlett Lake, and the dropshot technique using plastic worms is usually the most reliable method of catching these fish. Before heading out, see a video...

Commission Adopts Policy To Boost Wild Chinook Salmon In Willapa Bay

OLYMPIA - The Washington Fish and Wildlife Commission approved a new management policy designed to restore depleted runs of wild, natural-origin chinook salmon in Willapa Bay during a public meeting...

Shooting Accurately

Target shooting is a sport that a lot of families enjoy, but let's face it - the thrill soon wears off if you shoot poorly. I see it all the time on social media: People post "went shooting with the...

Cottonwood Woman Receives $500 Gift Card

The last thing Jenni Rice expected was to get a call from the Arizona Game and Fish Department. The Cottonwood woman had been randomly chosen to receive a $500 gift card to Sportsman's Warehouse, an...

2015 Hunt Arizona Now Available Online

The 2015 edition of Hunt Arizona, the Arizona Game and Fish Department's yearly compilation of big and small game hunting statistics, is now available online at https://azgfdportal...

Arizona Game And Fish Develops Draft For Proposed Hunt Guidelines

PHOENIX -- The Arizona Game and Fish Department is seeking public comment on draft proposed hunt guidelines for the 2016-17 and 2017-18 hunting seasons. The guidelines were developed based on input...

Arizona Big Game Super Raffle

PHOENIX – As the deadline draws near to enter the 10th annual "Arizona Big Game Super Raffle," the Arizona Game and Fish Department is receiving inquiries about what the raffle is and how it works. ...

State Parks Urge Campers To Visit

The State Parks in Arizona provide many opportunities for campers. Sue Black, executive director, said, "Come out and visit your State Parks ..., whether it's for a day trip or a weekend adventure."...

Fire Danger High!

Target shooting is prohibited while fire restrictions are in place; fireworks and explosives are prohibited year-round. Vital information is available. Effective immediately, open campfires will be...

Create Unforgettable Family Memories

Travel to Slide Rock and Red Rock State Parks in Sedona to create unforgettable family vacation memories. Both parks were selected in a recent travel poll by FamilyFun magazine readers as one of the...

Cool And Charming: This Is Flagstaff

At an elevation of 7,000 feet (2,135 m), in the midst of the world's largest ponderosa pine forest, Flagstaff is a four -season hub of activity where an eclectic mix of small-town charm and endless...

ATV, OHV Riders Reminded About Safety Techniques

Arizona's mild start to the summer created perfect conditions for off-highway vehicle (OHV) enthusiasts to head out and view some of the state's most picturesque locations. Although "mild" is now a...

Beat The Heat Visit The Cool Places In Our State

The wonderful thing about living in Arizona is that we have such a range of altitudes and ecosystems. When it's too cold up north, we can mess around in the desert, and when the desert is broiling,...

Safe, Responsible OHV Riding

AZGFD encourages off-highway vehicle operators, passengers to ride safely PHOENIX - With the Fourth of July weekend upon us, many Arizona residents and visitors are planning to hop on their off...

Top 10 Things to Do at Arizona State Parks

(Phoenix, AZ - July 1, 2015) - Get away from the sizzling temperatures and make a splash at one your State Parks on the Fourth of July weekend. Cool down and relax by swimming, water-skiing, boating, ...

Be Water-Safe - It's Summer Swim Time

It's summer in the Southwest, and there's no stronger call than that of water for all of us to cool off. Whether boating, fishing, water skiing, wake boarding, swimming, or participating in any...

'Smokey' Has Spoken - For Over 71 Years

Smokey Bear (aka Smokey the Bear) is an advertising mascot created to educate the U.S. public about the dangers of forest/wild fires. An advertising campaign featuring Smokey was created in 1944 with ...

Good Company

It's official! The paint is dry, the kennels are in place, and the ribbon-cutting ceremony is complete. The Sojourner Center Pet Companion Shelter opened for business in mid-May. We are truly blessed ...

WDFW Implements Fire Restrictions In Eastern Washington

OLYMPIA - The arrival of hot, dry weather, combined with drought conditions, has prompted the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) to restrict fires and other activities effective...

Arizona Highways, Arizona Wildlife Views Partner On Photo Contest

This year for the first time, Arizona Wildlife Views magazine and Arizona Highways are co-hosting our wildlife photo contest! The partnership means this contest will be easier than ever to enter:...

2016 AZGFD Heritage Fund Grants Cycle Now Open

Do you need funding to initiate or complete a wildlife conservation-related project? Are you a teacher interested in getting children outdoors to experience nature and wildlife, but don't have the...

AZGFD Takes Action To Spur Development Plan

The Arizona Game and Fish Department and the Arizona Attorney General filed suit against the Department of Interior and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service for failing their statutory duty to develop...

Pregnant Mule Deer Poached, Twins Found Dead

CHINO VALLEY, Ariz. – The Arizona Game and Fish Department is seeking information about the poaching of a pregnant mule deer in Game Management Unit 19A, east of Chino Valley. Game and Fish...

Community: Hot Summer Days in Maricopa

Yesterday, Monday June 22nd at approximately 12:34pm Maricopa Fire crews responded to a reported working house fire. Upon arrival, fire crews noticed a working fire to the rear of the structure. Fire ...

First Aid

FIELD FIRST AID – "First Aid in the Field: What You Need To Know" by Guy Sagi, contains vital knowledge for the outdoors enthusiast. He says, "Don't let yourself be unprepared to render first aid...  Website

 
 
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