Most Salt River recreation sites reopen after hitting capacity; roads closed in the area

Hundreds lined up outside Salt River Tubing in the East Valley on Memorial Day weekend.
Hundreds lined up outside Salt River Tubing in the East Valley on Memorial Day weekend.(Arizona's Family)
Published: May. 29, 2023 at 9:23 AM MST|Updated: May. 29, 2023 at 2:17 PM MST
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SALT RIVER, AZ (3TV/CBS 5) -- Four popular water recreation sites along the Salt River hit capacity early Monday, closing roads in the immediate area as Memorial Day weekend continues with strong demand. Three of those sites have since reopened.

According to the Maricopa County Department of Transportation, Butcher Jones remains closed to new visitors until further notice. Blue Point, Pebble Beach and Water Users were closed earlier on Monday but have since reopened. The three-day holiday weekend has hit some of Arizona’s hottest recreational with strong crowds. On Saturday, the Salt River also closed temporarily due to a high number of visitors, and on Sunday, parts of Lake Pleasant were sectioned off due to the lake being at capacity.

At this time, there is no estimated time of when Butcher Jones will reopen, but crowds are expected to last throughout the day. Arizona’s Family First Alert Traffic shows moderately congested roads at Lake Pleasant. Click/tap here to see live traffic conditions.

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