Bald Eagle Closures at Lynx Lake and Verde River
being lifted later this week
The Prescott National Forest will be lifting the closure restrictions and opening the John’s Tank Trail #94 on the east side of Lynx Lake on Friday July 1, 2022. The trail has been closed to public entry since December to provide protection to nesting bald eagles. No young eagles were produced this year. Bald eagles have used Lynx Lake as a nesting site for the last fourteen years. For seven of the past ten years, eagles have successfully produced young eagles.
The Prescott National Forest will also be lifting the closure order on the bald eagle nesting area along the Verde River, south of Camp Verde on Friday July 1, 2022. The Ladders closure area is located south of Camp Verde along a 2-mile section of the Verde River and adjacent National Forest lands in the vicinity of the “Verde Falls” downstream to below Sycamore Canyon. Roads now open to public use include Forest Road 9709R from its junction with Forest Road 574. The closure was effective as the bald eagle pair successfully raised two young eagles this season.
The Forest Service, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and Arizona Game and Fish Department would like to thank everyone for their cooperation while the closures were in effect. Striking a balance in managing recreational uses around bald eagle nesting areas ensures their presence for generations to come.
To learn more about the management of the southwestern bald eagles in Arizona, visit Southwestern Bald Eagle Management Committee or Arizona Game & Fish.
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