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Below you will find the information provided at the Wednesday, June 22, 2011 public meeting. Please complete the comment form to the right to provide feedback. To jump directly to the next alternative, click on the text below.

Current Legal Routes Alternative Conservation
Alternative
Proposed Recreation/Travel Management Plan Alternative

Current Legal Routes Alternative (NO ACTION)
Facility Description
# Facility Description
2 BLM Small Staging Area (Along Castle Hot Springs Road)Apply dust suppressant for air quality control.
4 Parks Day Use (Castle Creek Bridge) – Currently non-authorized travel and parking occur in the area; no fence in place to restrict access.
7 Parks Camping/Day Use (Bass Bay) – Currently non-authorized travel and parking occur in the area.
8 BLM OHV Staging Area (Airstrip) – Currently fencing is installed in places; an information kiosk is established .
10 Parks Camping/Day Use (Humbug) – Currently non-authorized travel and parking occur in the area
1995 Lake Pleasant Master Plan
(Maricopa County Parks and Recreation)
Area 5 Parks Area 5 (1995 Lake Pleasant Master Plan) – Continue implementing the 1995 Master Plan as deemed appropriate and as funds allow, which includes group, primitive, shore, improved, and unimproved camping; parking; individual and group picnicking; equestrian staging area; and hiking staging area.
Area 6 Parks Area 6 (1995 Lake Pleasant Master Plan) – Implement the 1995 Master Plan as deemed appropriate and as funds allow, which includes parking, primitive and group camping.
Trails Planning (Maricopa County Parks and Recreation)
Non-Motorized Multiple Areas – MCPRD has a separate public process for determining trail routes. The non-motorized routes on Parks lands identified on the map depict corridors to be analyzed in more detail at a later date.
BLM New/Special Routes
R-1 Long distance vehicle route connection to Table Mesa area.

Conservation Alternative
Facility Description

2 BLM Small Staging Area (Along Castle Hot Springs Road) – Rehabilitate and close.
3 Parks Protective Fence (Ridge line entry to Castle Creek) – Install fencing to prevent travel into an area that has safety hazards.
4 Parks Day Use (Castle Creek Bridge) – Install fencing to prevent travel and parking in the area.
5 Parks Barrier (Castle Creek and French Creek) – Install fencing along Castle Hot Springs Road within the Park and along Cow Creek Road, to prevent public entry into the Riparian Zone of French Creek.
6 Parks Barrier/Iron Ranger (Access to the Lake) – Install fencing and walk-through gate to direct visitors into Park, onto non-motorized trail to access the lake shore; install a self pay station at the entrance to the Park.
7 Parks Camping/Day Use (Bass Bay) – Designated day use only (“Pack it In, Pack it Out”). Establish non-motorized trail to access lake shore; “Pack it In, Pack it Out;” may include kiosks and interpretive trail signage; parking shared with Facility 8.
8 BLM OHV Staging Area (Airstrip) – Develop area for camping, with a stabilized parking surface and perimeter fencing; establish access points to surrounding area trails.
9 Parks Barrier/Boundary Fence (Coles Bay) – Install fencing to maintain the Park boundary and prevent illegal routes into the Park.
10 Parks Camping/Day Use (Humbug) – Establish a trailhead for day use only (“Pack it In, Pack it Out”), including a parking area for vehicles and potentially trailers, with trash receptacles; amenities potentially may include interpretive panels, kiosk, non-motorized trail access down to lake shore, walk through gate with self-pay station.
13 Parks and BLM Administrative Gates in various locations – Install fencing and administrative gates to prevent general public vehicular travel into the Conservation Areas of Lake Pleasant Regional Park.
14 BLM Upper French Creek Barrier/Protective Fence – Install fencing to prevent travel along French Creek.
1995 Lake Pleasant Master Plan
(Maricopa County Parks and Recreation)
Area 5 Parks Area 5 (1995 Lake Pleasant Master Plan) – No further implementation of 1995 Master Plan for this area.
Area 6 Parks Area 6 (1995 Lake Pleasant Master Plan) – No implementation of the 1995 Master Plan.
Trails Planning
(Maricopa County Parks and Recreation)
Non-Motorized
Multiple Areas – MCPRD has a separate public process for determining trail routes. The non-motorized routes on Parks lands identified on the map depict corridors to be analyzed in more detail at a later date.

Proposed Recreation/Travel Management Plan Alternative
Facility Description

1 Parks 4-Lane Event Area (North Entry) – Expand the 4-lane parking lot to provide a designated area for special events.
2 BLM Small Staging Area (Along Castle Hot Springs Road) – Install fencing along the perimeter of an existing small off-highway vehicle (OHV) staging area; gravel would be applied to the parking surface.
3 Parks Protective Fence (Ridge line entry to Castle Creek) – Install fencing to prevent travel into an area that has safety hazards.
4 Parks Day Use ( Castle Creek Bridge) – Designate as Day Use only. Develop a parking area, with general day use amenities (e.g., self pay station, kiosks, and signs); fishing and aquatic opportunities would be considered, e.g., fishing dock and/or boardwalk; restroom facilities would be considered if deemed feasible (primitive to developed).
5 Parks Barrier (Castle Creek and French Creek) – Install fencing along Castle Hot Springs Road within the Park and along Cow Creek Road, to prevent public entry into the Riparian Zone of French Creek.
6 Parks Barrier/Iron Ranger (Access to the Lake) – Install fencing to ensure use of newly designated legal vehicular access into the Park to the lake shore; install a self pay station at the entrance to the Park.
7

Parks Barrier/Iron Ranger (Access to the Lake) – Install fencing to ensure use of newly designated legal vehicular access into the Park to the lake shore; install a self pay station at the entrance to the Park.

Parks Camping/Day Use (Bass Bay) – Develop designated camping and/or day use locations which are primitive and protected (camping types to be determined in Management Plan); designate legal off highway vehicle access to ridges, limited vehicular access to the water (park and walk); potential phased development could include future park host sites, designated loop; restroom facilities would be considered if deemed feasible (primitive to developed).

8 BLM OHV Staging Area (Airstrip) – Develop area for camping, which would be fenced and gravel surfaced; establish camping “pods” suitable for RV dry camping with large information kiosk in center of area; low-speed rules would apply within camp area, camping prohibition for ¼” mi around site. Establish short trail system on existing routes near camp areas, and access points to surrounding area Potential phased development of Camp Host site (phase 2) and vault toilet (phase 2).
9 Parks Barrier/Boundary Fence (Coles Bay) – Install fencing to maintain the Park boundary and prevent illegal routes into the Park.
10 Parks Camping/Day Use (Humbug) – Establish a trailhead for day use only, including a parking area for vehicles and potentially trailers; amenities potentially may include interpretive panels, kiosk, non-motorized trail access down to lake shore, trash receptacles, walk through gate with self-pay station, and limited back country camping permits (“Pack it in, Pack it out”).
11 Parks and BLM Barrier/Iron Ranger (Humbug North) - Protective fencing will be erected to prevent vehicular travel through the Humbug Creek of Lake Pleasant Regional Park; in addition, a self pay station / box would be installed to accommodate non-motorized trail access only in the area, in addition, primitive parking, kiosks, walk through gate, etc..
12 BLM Humbug District Turn around area at top of ridge ½ miles south of China Dam – Establish all-weather small parking area/turn around for full size vehicles, and make minor improvements to provide an 8- to 10-foot single lane, with widened areas for passing.
13 Parks and BLM Administrative Gates in various locations – Install fencing and administrative gates to prevent vehicular travel into the Conservation Areas of Lake Pleasant Regional Park.
14 BLM Upper French Creek Barrier/Protective Fence – Install fencing to prevent travel along French Creek.
1995 Lake Pleasant Master Plan
(Maricopa County Parks and Recreation)
Area 5 Parks Area 5 (1995 Lake Pleasant Master Plan) – Continue implementing as indicated in the 1995 Master Plan which includes but is not limited to: group, primitive, shore, improved, and unimproved camping, parking, picnicking including group, equestrian staging area, and hiking staging area. Additionally, adding zip lines would be considered.
Area 6

Parks Area 6 (1995 Lake Pleasant Master Plan) – Implement the 1995 Master Plan which includes but is not limited to: parking, primitive and group camping. Additionally, adding zip lines would be considered

Trails Planning
(Maricopa County Parks and Recreation)
Non-Motorized Multiple Areas – MCPRD has a separate public process for determining trail routes. The non-motorized routes on Parks lands identified on the map depict corridors to be analyzed in more detail at a later date.
BLM New / Special Routes
R-1 Long distance vehicle route connection to Table Mesa area
R-2 New 60” wide primitive road - For ATV/UTV vehicles connecting north from airstrip camping area to old Table Mesa Road
R-3 New 60” wide primitive road - For ATV/UTV vehicles connecting east from airstrip camping area to old Table Mesa Road
R-4 Proposed Wilderness Access Trail - Non-motorized trail to access Hells Canyon Wilderness with Facility 8

 

 

 

PUBLIC COMMENTS:
Public comments related to the alternatives should be submitted no later than
July 22, 2011 to:
Click below for Public Comment Form(s)
Public Comment Form - Word / Public Comment Form - PDF
Email comments to:
BLM_AZ_NLPRec@blm.gov
Hard copy:
Reclamation
Attn: PXAO-1500/NLP
6150 W. Thunderbird Rd.
Glendale, AZ 85306

HANDOUTS:  
Current Legal Routes Alternative Current Routes Alternative - Word /Current Routes Alternative - PDF
Conservation Alternative Conservation Alternative - Word /Conservation Alternative - PDF
Proposed Recreation/Travel Management Plan Alternative

Proposed Recreation Alternative - Word /Proposed Recreation Alternative - PDF

North Lake Pleasant June 22 Presentation

North Lake Pleasant Environmental Assessment Public Public Meeting


Public Comment - PDF Public Comments Received Regarding Formulation of Alternatives
Public Comments - Word /Public Comments - PDF

North Lake Pleasant NEPA North Lake Pleasant Recreation Management Plan and Environmental Assessment Process

North Lake Pleasant Map Northern Lake Pleasant Map

Objectives Under Consideration North Lake Pleasant Recreation Management Plan Objectives and Actions Under Consideration

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