frequently asked questions
a few tips to make your stay more enjoyable
Where do I get a copy of my online permits?
Permits purchased online are sent directly to your e-mail you provided when opening an account. You can also log on into your account and look under MY ACCOUNT and print permits.
Customer, please note on the consent for you agreed to once read. Permit are non-refundable and non-tranferable. All sales are final.
Can non members hike to the peak of Mt. Baldy?
Mt. Baldy is a sacred mountain to the White Mountain Apache and ask non members to respect as so. On the Fort Apache Reservation, Mt. Baldy is in our CLOSED AREA. Part of the mountain is off the resservation and can be accessed up to the reservation boundary.
Important Bear Information
Some Important bear fact. The black bear is found throughout the reservation and on occasions can become a camp ground visitor. Bears are not pets and must be respected. The following tips will minimize an encounter with bears.
Dn not leave food unattended.
Properly store coolers and food in locked cars or hang from a tree 15 feet off the ground and 5 free from the trunk.
Do not attempt to feed or bait bears. Bears quickly learn to associate food with humans.
Never store food in your tent.
Keep pets on leashers at all times. Bears quickly become aggressive when taunted or chased.
Never relocate garbage receptacles. They are placed there for your safety.
Dispose of garbage immediately and always keep your camp clean.
Never approach a bear.
Do not run in presence of bear.
Stay away from animal carcasses.
Be alert at all times.
If you encounter a bear that exhibits no fear of humans or aggressive behavior, report it to Camp host, Game Ranger, or the Game & Fish Department immediately.
Do you need a State of Arizona fishing permit to fish on the Reservation?
No, State fishing permits are not required on the Fort Apache Indian Reservation.camping
What kind of service is provided at the campgrounds?
Each campground is different. All have a table and fire ring. Most have potable water close by. There are no electric hookups.
Can we reserve campgrounds?
No, campsites are first come, first serve.fishing
Where do you recommend I take my family, especially my kids, to catch fish?
During the summer season, most of our streams are stocked weekly. The high country trout lakes are stocked at least once and sometimes twice a month. The lakes and stock tanks containing catfish and bass are stocked once a year.
What is the daily Creel bag limit?
For Adults, the daily creel limit is 5 Trout, 15 Catfish, and 15 Smallmouth
For Youth 10-14, the daily creel limit is 3 Trout, 8 Catfish, and 8 Smallmouth
For Children 9 and under, the creel limit is 2 Trout, 8 Catfish, and 8 Smallmouth
What species of fish are on the Reservation?
In the high elevation lakes, we have Apache Trout, Rainbow Trout, Brown Trout, and Brook Trout.
Lower elevation waters contain Chanel Catfish, Flathead Catfish, Smallmouth and Largemouth Bass, and various sunfish.
White Mountain Apache Tribe
Game & Fish Department
P.O. Box 220
Whiteriver, AZ 85941