February 17, 2016

Jojoba boat ramp reopens at Bartlett Lake

PHOENIX — Boaters and anglers itching to launch into Bartlett Lake can now access the reservoir after the Jojoba boat ramp recently reopened to traffic.

The developed Jojoba ramp reopened Jan. 21, however, the Yellow Cliffs ramp remains closed due to low water levels, according to the Tonto National Forest.

The lake, which sits about 40 miles northeast of Scottsdale, is a popular draw for anglers and boaters from throughout the state.

Bartlett Lake is a federal fee area and a valid Tonto Pass is required for vehicles and watercraft. The Tonto Pass is available at the lake’s marina store and many other local vendors. For more information on the Tonto Pass, go to www.fs.usda.gov/tonto and click on “Tonto Pass.”

Those planning to fish at Bartlett or any waterway in Arizona must also have a current fishing license. Daily or annual licenses can be purchased at www.azgfd.gov/License.

The Arizona Game and Fish Department reminds all watercraft users that boats in Arizona must have a life jacket aboard for every passenger and those 12 years old and younger must wear a life jacket at all times, under state law. Users should also check to make sure a life jacket fits properly by ensuring there is no excess room above the openings of the jacket and that it does not ride up over the chin or face.

For more information on boating in Arizona or to sign up for a safety course, visit www.azgfd.gov/boating.