BLM announces fee-free days
The Bureau of Land Management has announced that it will be waiving entrance fees to several area recreation sites for several holidays this year, making them fee-free days.
The first of the three fee-free days will be in honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day, with the others being National Public Lands Day (Sept. 28) and over the Veterans Day Weekend (Nov. 9-11).
“This is a great way to help some folks, who might otherwise not have the opportunity, to experience their public lands and develop a passion for them as others have,” said District Manager Roxie Trost.
Recreation areas in the BLM Colorado River District that will be free include the following sites:
• Yuma Field Office – Squaw Lake Campground and Boat Launch, Senator Wash Boat Ramp and Day-Use Area, Senator Wash North Shore Campground, Senator Wash South Shore Campground, Oxbow Recreation and Wildlife Area, and Ehrenberg Sandbowl Off-Highway Vehicle Area.
• Kingman Field Office – Burro Creek, Wild Cow Springs, and Windy Point Recreation Sites.
• Lake Havasu Field Office – Crossroads and Empire Landing Campgrounds, Bullfrog Day-Use Area, and the 87 Lake Havasu Campsites.
While site standard amenity and individual day-use fees at BLM recreation sites and areas will be waived on those days, other fees, such as overnight camping, concession fees, and group day-use will remain in effect.
As a reminder Betty's Kitchen Watchable Wildlife Area, which is just north of Yuma, continues to be closed due to the Laguna Fire that burned through the area in May 2011.
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