Print USFS considers options for Fossil Creek improvements
Written by Mark Lineberger   
Tuesday, 03 June 2014 16:08

The U.S. Forest Service is considering three alternatives for managing the Fossil Creek Wild and Scenic corridor.The Homestead is one of the earliest Fossil Creek access points. Camping is allowed 100 feet from the creek itself, where the water is blue-green and crystal clear, running over rocks to form small rapids in places. Farther down, the water is calmer, lending itself to swimming.

The creek was granted Wild and Scenic River status by the U.S. Congress in 2009, a classification that provides important federal protections to Fossil Creek. Fossil Creek and the Upper Verde River are the only Arizona waterways to have that distinction.

Since the century-old Childs and Irving hydroelectric power plants were decommissioned a few years ago by APS, the waterway has been restored to its natural flow.

The Forest Service has worked to manage the area to protect it in the face of increased visitation to the creek since flow has been restored.

For the full story, see the Wednesday, June 4, edition of The Camp Verde Journal.