Times Spent Outdoors: Priceless!

Articles from the April 15, 2013 edition

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  • Arizona's Largest Boat Show

    Apr 15, 2013

    The 22nd Annual Lake Havasu Boat Show, sponsored by Teague Custom Marine, is only a few days away, opening on Friday, April 19 for a three-day run at Lake Havasu State Park, Windsor 4 on London Bridge Road. This year’s boat show is bigger than ever with hundreds of boats ranging from everything from affordable family runabouts and pontoons to exotic high-performance sportboats and the latest in personal watercraft. For those looking forward to attending the boat show, plan on making a full d... Full story

  • Performance Plus

    Jim Nichols, LakeRacer LLC|Apr 15, 2013

    There are days left before Desert Storm week arrives in Lake Havasu! If you're thinking of joining, please get signed up; we have plenty of room for more Poker Runners and Shootout entries. The Nautical Resort is, of course, sold out, but many places still have rooms available. At press time, 115 boats have signed up; I’m sure many of our regular participants are so busy they haven’t sent in their registrations. Come on guys, let’s blow the doors off and show the East Coast how we roll! It re... Full story

  • Boat Of The Future

    Compass North Industries, LLC|Apr 15, 2013

    Compass North Industries, LLC/ Bravada/Axiom Yachts is just starting to build this boat; it's called Axiom. Dustin Duea of Compass North Industries, LLC has issued the following invitation: "I would like to invite you to our open house on Saturday, April 20 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. We are going to have boats on display, along with some of the local dealers who will be out with some of their boats displayed." For more information, call Duea at (602) 278-3536 or e-mail him at ddu... Full story

  • Arrival Of Boating Season Brings Safety Reminders

    AZGFD, AZGFD|Apr 15, 2013

    The Arizona Game and Fish Department wants to remind all boaters, anglers, and personal watercraft users that this year’s boating season has arrived and to please exercise safe, responsible practices when on the water. Safe boating recreation is a must, and everyone should take a minute and remember to check your boats, personal watercraft and all equipment before launching at your favorite lake or waterway. Make sure you have all required safety equipment, such as proper life jackets and w... Full story

  • Reminder

    Apr 15, 2013

    PAGE, Ariz. — A new Personal Watercraft (PWC) regulation went into effect on January 1, which requires PWC operating on Lake Powell to meet 2006 emission standards established by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). The NPS delayed implementation of this regulation for ten years to minimize impacts to PWC owners and provide time for people to plan for this new requirement. “We are actively reaching out to the boating public about this change and will take the opportunity next summer to... Full story

  • Phoenix Sail & Power Squadron Course Begins Soon

    Phoenix Sail & Power Squadron District 28|Apr 15, 2013

    America's Boating Course Presented by Phoenix Sail and Power Squadron Start Date: April 24, 2013 Schedule: 6:30 - 8:30 (Wednesday evenings for four weeks) Location: Sprortsman's Warehouse 19205 N 27th Ave., Phoenix, Ariz. Contact: Ron McNeil, (602) 361 3932 Status: Registration Open Cost: $40 Description: www.usps.org/e_stuff/ABC.html Click the site to inquire about or pre-register for this boating course... Full story

  • Stick It To Those Mussels!

    Lake Havasu Marine Association|Apr 15, 2013

    Editor, I went to a training session in Lake Mead in October and the alarm bells went off. With no real plan being developed by the agencies, other than "its the law," I was fearful California, Arizona, and Nevada could kill our weekend boater traffic. So, we called a meeting and proposed the sticker program. We branded it — "Sticker a Mussel" and were able to get full support, especially from the California border stations, which hold our future in their hands. The program has been rolled o... Full story

  • If You Crew, We'd Like You

    Arizona Yacht Club|Apr 15, 2013

    Editor, It's not just for boat owners, but for crew as well and right now you can join for the initiation fee ($150) and half the annual dues ($62.50), because the AYC year is half over. (You'll need to renew your membership for $125 next summer.) To support this great sport, to make sure we have the boats, marks, events for you to enjoy, don't leave it to others — join in. Peter Lehrach crews for me (Commodore Mike Ferring) on our J/80 and he's not only become a member, but also he's been a... Full story

  • San Carlos, Sonora, Mexico

    Apr 15, 2013

    Just shy of 4.5 hours south of the U.S.-Arizona border in the second-largest state in Mexico lies a truly unknown treasure for anyone and everyone who loves the ocean. The Sea of Cortes, affectionately named the “World’s Aquarium” by Jacques Cousteau, brings the beauty of the sea to the land of the desert perfectly in this ocean lover’s paradise. With a population of around 10,000 ,give or take a 1,000, this quaint little pueblito is nestled along the irregular and stunning coastline that pr... Full story

  • Over 4,000 Expected At Cabo Marine Boat Show

    LOS CABOS, Mexico — For the last four years, one of Mexico’s most popular boat shows has been held annually at the IGY Marina in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico. The Cabo Marine Show returns on May1 through May 4 in an event that is expected to draw more than 4,000 visitors from mainland Mexico, the United States and Canada to explore the best nautical and marine-industry products and services that Mexico has to offer. There are many reasons as to why projections have visitor numbers increase more tha... Full story

  • Space Still Available For 'Becoming An Outdoors Woman'

    Arizona Wildlife Federation

    If you would like to learn outdoor skills such as fly-fishing, archery, wilderness medicine or paddling a canoe, you'll want to sign up for the spring Becoming an Outdoors Woman (BOW) workshop scheduled for April 19-21 at Friendly Pines just outside of Prescott. Space is currently available but could fill up fast. The workshop, sponsored by the Arizona Wildlife Federation in partnership with the Arizona Game and Fish Department, is geared toward adult women and introduces them to outdoor skills in an enjoyable, non-threatening environment with... Full story

  • The Yellowtail Derby Now A Spring Fishing Feature

    AZBW, International Yellowtail Derby|Apr 15, 2013

    The first 28 years of the Yellowtail Derby, began the end of March 1946 and ran for six months. Anglers were more interested in tuna in the fall. We listened! The move to spring in 2011 brought many more anglers into the competition, as well as the number of fish caught, including the winning 39.5 lb. Yellowtail caught in the waters off La Jolla. The Yellowtail Derby has added excitement to the traditional yellowtail spring bite. Fast Forward To 2013 The Yellowtail Derby will be competed from... Full story

  • Verde River Watershed Fish Management Plan Process Begins

    Apr 15, 2013

    COTTONWOOD, Ariz. — The Arizona Game and Fish Department has begun creating a watershed-based fisheries management plan for the Verde River and is accepting public input on the development process. The plan, when ultimately finished, will provide the department's fisheries personnel with a practical tool to help guide decisions regarding both sport fish and native fish management. "This is the first time Game and Fish will be using the Watershed-based Fish Management Process (WFMP)," said M... Full story

  • Lake Powell Report

    Wayne Gustaveson|Apr 15, 2013

    Stripers are still running along the canyon walls in the southern lake. They spilled into the main channel 3 weeks ago and have been eager to hit bait offered by anglers ever since. I have heard they are chasing boats, begging for anchovies. Well, that may be a bit much, but if you pass over some hungry stripers please stop and feed them! Glen Canyon dam still holds the majority of the fish, but many are behind the barricade out of casting range. The Chains parking area offers good shore... Full story

  • AZGFD Gives Optimistic Angling Report

    AZGFD|Apr 15, 2013

    You've probably seen it before: Every stretch is different. The way the banks wind and present a new portrait of our meadows and trees and mountains changes with each jaunt to another fishing hole. Spring surely is here. As we hit another stretch of above-average seasonal spring temperatures, the opportunity to hit the White Mountain and Mogollon Rim streams and lakes will broaden. Unfortunately, many lakes and streams remain inaccessible, but any day now — Rarin’ To Go One lake is raring to... Full story

  • Draw Results For 2013 Elk, Pronghorn Hunts Available

    AZGFD|Apr 15, 2013

    The draw results for Arizona’s 2013 elk and pronghorn antelope big-game hunts are available by visiting https://az.gov/app/huntdraw/home.xhtml and scrolling down to the “View results and bonus points” link. Applicants can also find out if they were drawn by calling (602) 942-3000 and selecting option two. There were more than 142,000 applicants for this year’s elk/pronghorn antelope draw for hunts or bonus points, and 26,308 tags were issued. The total number of applications, including those s... Full story

  • At Bartlett Lake

    Apr 15, 2013

    Why own a boat when you can use the entire fleet for less than half the cost? “Your” boat is always serviced and ready to go. It is maintained by the pros at Bartlett Lake Marina. You do nothing except enjoy. Barlett Lake Marina’s Boat Club offers “boating without the extra expenses and hassles” and has everything from pontoon to runabouts — something for every person who enjoys being out on the water, whether fishing or boat camping or water skiing, wakeboarding, or just cruisin’. In addition,... Full story

  • Women Of The Outdoors Offer Learning Opportunity

    Marsha J Bidwell|Apr 15, 2013

    Arizona Outdoors Activities Group is a non-profit Meetup group that was founded by Kathleen Winans and Marsha Bidwell in September 2010. One of the things we noticed with other outdoor groups was that they were run primarily by experienced outdoors men who seemed to miss the details when it came to showing single mothers, or beginner outdoors men, and women the basic skills necessary to be comfortable and safe in an outdoor environment. After meeting each other at a campout involving cooking for... Full story

  • Outdoor Hall Of Fame Nominations Needed By April 25

    Apr 15, 2013

    The Wildlife for Tomorrow Foundation is soliciting nominations for this year's inductees into the Arizona Outdoor Hall of Fame. The Outdoor Hall of Fame annually recognizes individuals and organizations that have made significant and lasting contributions toward Arizona's wildlife, the welfare of its natural resources, and the state's outdoor heritage. To submit a nomination, download a form at www.azgfd.gov/w_c/ArizonaOutdoorHallofFame.shtml, fill it out, and return it along with all supplemental materials by April 25 to — Wildlife for T... Full story

  • Outdoor Expo Draws 35,000 Over Weekend, Record 17,000 On Sunday

    The Arizona Game and Fish Department's 2013 Outdoor Expo drew 35,000 people over the March 23-24 weekend at the Ben Avery Shooting Facility in Phoenix. Sunday's attendance of 17,000 was a record for an Expo Sunday. "High mid-morning winds on Saturday temporarily closed a couple of attractions and may have affected that day's attendance, but we still drew a good crowd of 18,000 on Saturday," said Game and Fish Assistant Director Ty Gray. "Sunday's weather was almost perfect, and overall, this... Full story

  • Arizona State Parks Board Approved 15 Trails

    Arizona State Parks|Apr 15, 2013

    The Arizona State Parks Board approved 15 trails to the Arizona State Trails System at the March 20, 2013 Parks Board meeting. Arizona State Parks manages the Arizona State Trails System that has been established to recognize and promote non-motorized trails that are of special interest or significance to both Arizona's residents and visitors alike. Recreational trails in Arizona offer a wide variety of recreational opportunities. To provide for recognition of various types of trails, State... Full story

  • Arizona State Parks Board Authorizes Eight Off-Highway Vehicle Recreation Fund Projects

    Arizona State Parks|Apr 15, 2013

    The Arizona State Parks Board authorized eight Off-Highway Vehicle (OHV) Recreation Fund projects totaling $778,563 at a recent 2013 Parks Board meeting. The statewide OHV Program uses funds from the state Off-Highway Vehicle Recreation Fund and the federal Recreational Trails Program (motorized portion) to fund projects that meet the high priority needs identified in the 2010 State Trails Plan. The Arizona State Parks Board's volunteer advisory committees (Off-Highway Vehicle Advisory Group (OH... Full story

  • Catalina State Park Celebrating 30th anniversary on May 4, 2013

    Apr 15, 2013

    Catalina State Park in Tucson, Arizona will be celebrating its 30th anniversary on May 4, 2013. Arizona State Parks and the Friends of Catalina State Park are co-sponsoring a daylong celebration that will take place at the Park. The day's activities will commemorate the founding of the Park in May 1983. There will be guided hikes throughout the day starting at 7 a.m. Beginning at 9 a.m. and continuing until 4 p.m., there will be interpretative programs, live animal displays, informational... Full story

  • Rocks, Raptors, Reptiles Highlight Oracle State Park's Weekend Programs

    Arizona State Parks|Apr 15, 2013

    Spring activities at Oracle State Park, Center for Environmental Education, include wildlife programs (see schedule below) guided bird walks and hikes, tours of the historic Kannally Ranch House, and environmental education school programs are offered weekdays by reservation. The following wildlife programs are free with park admission, but reservations are suggested by calling the park office at (520) 896-2425: • April 21: Celebrate Earth Day at a Butterfly Talk and Walk with Marceline V... Full story

  • County, City of Williams Reopen Cataract Lake County Park

    Apr 15, 2013

    Following a $2.1 million investment from Coconino County voters, Cataract Lake County Park reopened to the public in Williams April 13. “Renovating Cataract Lake County Park is a project and investment that was a long-time coming,” said County District 3 Supervisor Matt Ryan, who represents Williams on the County Board of Supervisors. “This truly is an investment not only in our county parks system, but in the Williams community as well. Visitors can now enjoy amenities, while taking in breathtaking lake views.” Renovations to Cataract Lake Co... Full story

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