Day fees waived on MLK Day for National Forest sites

In celebration of Martin Luther King Jr. Day, the U.S. Forest Service, including the Prescott National Forest, will waive the $5 fees at day-use recreation sites on Jan. 18. The fee waiver day is the first of five such days offered by the agency during 2016. As part of this nationwide event, fees will be waived at the following sites:

• Lynx Lake Recreation Area: north shore, south shore and Lynx Creek Ruin.

• Granite Basin Recreation Area: Cayuse, Wekuvde, Boat Launch, Playa, and Metate.

• Thumb Butte Recreation Area.

• Alto Pit OHV Recreation Area.

• Hayfield Draw OHV Recreation Area.

Other scheduled fee-free days observed by the Forest Service in 2016 are President's Day, Feb. 15; National Get Outdoors Day, June 11; National Public Lands Day, Sept. 24; and Veterans Day, Nov. 11.

Fees are waived generally for day-use areas, such as picnic grounds, developed trailheads and destination visitor centers. The waiver does not apply to overnight campgrounds, group use fees or fees charged by concession-operated facilities. Contact your local national forest or grassland to learn if your destination requires a fee and if that fee is waived.

Prescott National Forest website: www.fs.usda.gov/prescott

Bradshaw Ranger District, 928-443-8000.

Chino Valley Ranger District 928-777-2200.

Verde Ranger District 928-567-4121.