Flooding concerns limit Beaver Creek Campground to day-use

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FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. -- Beaver Creek Campground in the Coconino National Forest will be converted to a day-use picnic area this spring.

The U.S. Forest Service said the campground is in a possible flood zone, posing a safety concern for overnight visitors.

Wet Beaver Creek regularly floods on both sides of the campground. Flood waters completely covered the campground as recently as 1995, causing severe damage, according to Coconino National Forest spokesman Brady Smith.

Smith said limiting the site to day-use only will increase visitors' safety, and allow the Forest Service and other agencies to respond more quickly if there is a flash flood in the area.

Recent flooding of national forest campgrounds in other regions has heightened local forest managers' concerns about potential damage and injury resulting from flash floods, Smith said.

Starting March 1, each campsite will be converted into a picnic site with a table, parking spot and grill.

Some picnic sites will be available by reservation but others only on a first come, first served basis. Visitors will be charged a fee for using a site.

Drinking water and restrooms are also available.

The campground is managed by Recreation Resource Management, Inc. under a special use permit issued by the Forest Sevice.