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June 2, 2018

2018 Annual Kids Fishing Derby, FREE for ALL kids 14 & younger

Bog Tank - Fort Apache Indian Reservation, Saturday June 2, 2018 from 8am to Noon

Kids Derby

May 7, 2018


WHITERIVER, ARIZONA - The Fort Apache Indian Reservation is in extreme drought conditions and fire danger is HIGH. Effective Friday, May 11, 2018 at 7:00 AM, Stage Two Fire Restrictions will be in effect on the Fort Apache Indian Reservation.

The following will be prohibited until further notice to reduce the threat of wildfires on the Fort Apache Indian Reservation:

1. Building, maintaining, attending or using fire, campfire or charcoal-burning device is prohibited until further noticed, except for fires that are related to traditional ceremonies, religious events, wakes, and residential /tailgate cooking fires. The use of propane campfire or fire pit devices is prohibited as well.

2. Debris burning is prohibited until further notice.

2. Smoking, except within an enclosed vehicle or building.

3. Fireworks are always prohibited on the Fort Apache Indian Reservation.

4. Welding or operating an acetylene or other torch with open flame in forest and woodland areas.

6. All motorized travel shall be restricted to developed roads.

The following Industrial Restrictions are also being implemented:

1. Power saws may NOT be used from 10:00 a.m. until 8:00 p.m. for any wood cutting/thinning activity except project crews which are properly equipped and performing fuels treatment projects may continue to work until 2:00 p.m. with one-half hour of monitoring by the entire crew following operations plus the provision identified under fire guards. **Fire guards will remain on duty each day for two hours after wood works has stopped. Fuels projects may mitigate this requirement with the addition of fire qualified engine patrols for two hours following completion of operations for the day. This restriction does not apply to residential and commercial properties.

2. Crawler-tractors, skidders, and sheers may be used until 10:00 a.m. Turbine-driven rubber-tired skidders, feller-bunchers, delimbers, and clearing equipment may be used until 12:00 noon. Operation on mineral soil involving road excavating, watering, grading, surfacing, rock crushing, and/or other equipment maintenance may continue with unrestricted hours. Operations NOT on mineral soil must also shut down at 12:00 noon.

These restrictions will remain in place until sufficient moisture is received across the Reservation. BIA Fort Apache Agency appreciates your cooperation in protecting the White Mountain Apache lands.

For more information, visit us on facebook at, https://www.facebook.com/BIAFAAFireMgt/. Remember only you can prevent wildfires! Northeastern Arizona Public Information System http://311info.net/ or call 311 or 928-333-3412.

 (928) 333-3412
May 3, 2018 


The Game & Fish Department will be holding public meetings for the 2018 – 2019 Tribal Member Hunting Regulations. The meetings will begin at 6:00 PM and be held on the following dates and locations:


  • Tuesday, May 8 at the Whiteriver Fire Department training room.
  • Wednesday, May 9 at the Cibecue Fire Department training room.
  • Thursday, May 10 at the Whiteriver Fire Department training room.


Contact the Game & Fish Department at (928) 338-4385 with any questions. Thank you.


 (928) 338-4385
April 25, 2018

RABIES WARNING: A bobcat tested positive for rabies on April 18, 2018, in Whiteriver, Arizona. If you or a pet might have come in contact with this animal please call 928-338-3652 and speak with a staff member from the Office of Environmental Health and Engineering at the Whiteriver Indian Hospital. If you see suspicious wildlife, report it to the White Mountain Apache Tribe's Game and Fish Department.

(928) 338-4385

April 12, 2018

Red Flag Warning in effect. NO campfires until 7pm.

(928) 338-4385

April 12, 2018

State Route 473 to Hawley Lake and Hwy 273 past Sunrise Park are both open as of 9:00 am today 4/12/18.

az511.gov or call 511

March 5, 2018

There is a Hunter Education Course scheduled for March 16-18, 2018 in Cibecue, Arizona. Course registration can be done through the AZ Game & Fish website: www.azgfd.com. For more information please contact Deon Nashio.

(928) 332-2455

December 27, 2017

2018 Christmas Tree Lake Fish Camp dates have been set! May 1st through May 13th, 2018! 

  • $275.00 per day from 5/1-5/6
  • $225.00 per day from 5/7-5/13

For more information or to make reservations please call or email us.

(928) 338-4385 or email outdoors@wmat.us

December 27, 2017

2018 Rent-A-Lake reservations will continue to be booked online. However, due to the website calendar being down, the initial booking date will be postponed until February 1st 2018 or later. If you would like to be added to a reminder e-mail list please email us at outdoors@wmat.us.


Nov, 16. 2017

State Route 473 to Hawley Lake closed from Thursday, November 16th until at least April 15th, 2017. State Route 273 past Sunrise Park is scheduled to close Thursday, December 28th, 2017 unless severe storm happens sooner.

az511.gov or call 511

Nov 2, 2017

Weather permitting Christmas Tree Lake will be open for fishing until Dec. 10th, 2017. The lake is limited to 20 anglers per day and permits can be purchased at the Hon-Dah Sports store. 

(928)338-4385 or 369-7669.

Nov 4, 2017

Come Join Us! 2017 White Mountain Apache Wildlife Fair, Saturday - November 4, 2017 from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm. Free for everyone!

Kid & Family Friendly Event w/games, contests, prizes, posters for the kids and more!

Wildlife Fair


Aug 1, 2017 Seasonal Closure begins today August 1st, 2017 for the south end of the reservation. For more information see map.  (928)338-4385          
July 4, 2017

Fireworks after dusk at the Sunrise Base Area, Live Entertainment! Base area activities until 7 pm! $10 per vehicle, $5 for WMAT Members. For more information call a Sunrise Team Member or visit www.sunriseskipark.com


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July 2, 2017

Blackriver areas that are closed due to the Hilltop Fire: Buzzard Hole, K & M Mines, Tick Flat, Blackriver Crossing and the Forks.

July 2, 2017

No Fire restrictions, Stage 1 Fire Alert, https://firerestrictions.us/az/

June 16, 2017

Effective June 16, 2017 a "Cibecue Falls Access Permit" will be required for every Non Member individual that intends to hike up Cibecue Creek to the waterfall. 

CIBECUE FALLS ACCESS PERMIT/PER PERSON: Permit is also valid for fishing and camping in the Salt River Canyon Area for the date that it is valid for.

Permit cost is $30 per person/per day for ALL AGES

May 7-22, 2016 2016 Fish Camp (928)338-4385
January 28, 2016 Hawley Lake will be Open for Fishing & Camping Arizona State Route 473 closed for winter. (928)338-4385
June 4, 2016 WMAT Game & Fish Department Annual Kids Fishing Derby at Bog Tank (928)338-4385


Please call us for more event information. Our staff can be reached at 1-928-338-4385. We look forward to your visit!