Arizona Lakes

Fort Mojave Indian Tribe Plans Strict Enforcement Of Boat-Permit Rules

AZBW NEWS SERVICE — The Fort Mojave Indian Tribe has issued a warning that it plans to strictly enforce permit requirements for "vehicles" — which include boats and boat trailers — in camping and beach recreation areas on tribal lands along the Colorado River.

This year tribal police officers, instead of rangers, will be patrolling the recreation areas on tribal lands south of Bullhead City, said tribal administrative assistant Dorcas Sanchez.

"We have for many years required that people have permits when using the beach areas on tribal lands," Sanchez said. "But, before the tribal police took over enforcement last year, the permit requirements weren’t always strictly enforced."

Officers may ask violators to leave and obtain a permit before returning, issue citations or have unattended vehicles, which include trailers and boats, that are not displaying a permit towed, Sanchez said.

Permits cost $5 per vehicle, which adds up to $15 per day for a motor vehicle, boat trailer, and boat. There is an additional charge of $15 per each vehicle for overnight camping.

An annual permit for up to three vehicles is available for $100.

Sanchez said that permits may be purchased on Monday through Friday between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. at the Fort Mojave Ranger Department office at 7500 Dike Rd. in Mojave Valley. After 5 p.m. on Friday until 8 a.m. on Monday, permits may be purchased at the Tribal Police Department office — which is open 24-hours a day — at 8494 South Highway 95 in Mojave Valley.

Former permit owners may renew by mail, Sanchez said.

For more information Sanchez may be reached at (928) 330-3000.