Great weather has returned to northern Arizona, and it is time
to get outdoors and explore the state’s natural resources. Kick
start your summer adventures at the Outdoor Festival at Mormon Lake
Lodge on Saturday, June 4, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
The lodge is located on Main Street at Mormon Lake, about 30 miles
southeast of Flagstaff off Lake Mary Road.
This free one-day event is co-hosted by the Arizona Game and Fish
Department and Mormon Lake Lodge. The day will be filled with fun
activities, including archery, fishing, live wildlife (from the
Game and Fish Department’s Adobe Mountain Wildlife Center), and
displays and information booths from a variety of exhibitors.
“This event is for anyone interested in the outdoors, whether you
hunt, fish, enjoy wildlife watching, or are interested in
conservation,” says Shelly Shepherd, information and education
program manager for the Game and Fish Flagstaff region. “It gives
adults and kids the opportunity to meet people who work in wildlife
conservation and outdoor recreation and learn more about the
amazing resources and recreational opportunities our state
The day is also significant because it is one of two statewide free
fishing days. This allows anyone to go fishing without a license,
although they need to follow all other state fishing regulations.
Another free fishing day will be held on June 11, and Game and Fish
will be hosting events statewide on both days.
The Outdoor Festival is a recognized Arizona Centennial Event.
Beginning this year and culminating in 2012, Arizona will celebrate
its Centennial with a calendar of activities, projects and events
that commemorate our state’s diverse nature and economic growth and
development. On Feb. 14, 1912, after nearly 49 years as a U.S.
territory and thousands of years as a sacred home to indigenous
peoples, Arizona became the 48th state and the last of the
contiguous states to enter the Union of the United States of
For more information about the festival, contact the Arizona Game
and Fish office in Flagstaff at (928) 774-5045. For information
about Mormon Lake Lodge, call (928) 354-2227.