Learn More About Recreating in Arizona’s Great Outdoors

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Learn More About Recreating in Arizona's Great OutdoorsHands-on workshop will teach the core basics of camping, fishing and hunting 

Are you new to Arizona or would you like to learn more about how to participate in the exciting outdoor recreational opportunities that the state has to offer? The Arizona Game and Fish Department is hosting a weekend campout at Cataract Lake in the Coconino County Campground near Williams from Oct. 4-5. 

The workshop is targeted at residents that are new to Arizona, and families and individuals who want to learn hands-on the basics of camping, fishing, hunting, how to prepare fish and game, and other outdoor activities. The workshop will begin at 9 a.m. on Saturday with registration, camp information and welcome. Classes will be offered throughout the day on a variety of topics focused on how to enjoy Arizona’s great outdoors. The day will conclude with instruction on how to prepare – and enjoy – a Dutch oven dinner and a campfire. Sunday will include an activity and wrap-up. 

“We really want to reach those residents who have yet to experience the great Arizona outdoors. It’s a great opportunity for new residents, families or single parents who want to get outdoors, but don’t know how to get started,” says Arizona Game and Fish Public Information Officer Shelly Shepherd. “It will be a non-intimidating environment to learn the basics. We hope that participants will feel comfortable going out on their own after the workshop to enjoy outdoor recreational opportunities.”

The workshop is being hosted in cooperation with the Coconino County Parks and Recreation Department.

Cataract Lake and the Coconino County Campground are located on the west side of Williams, off of Interstate 40 at exit #161. From the exit, go north under the railroad tunnel and continue on for another ½ mile. The campground will be on the right hand side of the road, on the west side of the lake. The campground will accommodate trailers, campers or tents.

Workshop participants should pack appropriate clothing, be prepared for one night of camping, and should bring food, water, and snacks for the weekend. Participants that have their own fishing equipment or binoculars are encouraged to bring them.  

For more information and to register for the workshop, contact the Game and Fish office in Flagstaff at (928) 774-5045. The deadline for registration is Sept. 30. The workshop will be limited to 50 people, and a nominal fee of no more than $10 will be required when participants arrive at camp.