MAYFLOWER – The Arkansas Game and Fish Commission will cease camping outside of scheduled events in part of the Camp Robinson Special Use Area.
The campsites in the area headquarters next to the entrance to the field test area and the archery ranges are closed, unless the campsite resident takes part in an event that has been planned with the area staff.
The locations have free electricity and water connections that are provided for events such as permit hunts, field trials, equestrian events, archery tournaments, and other outdoor-oriented events. They are not intended for open camping outside of such events.
“The AGFC maintains primitive campsites in many wildlife sanctuaries that are open for camping year round, and other primitive campsites in this SUA will continue to be open for camping as part of our camping regulations,” said Mark Hutchings, deputy director of wildlife management for the commission .
“But we require anyone visiting the limited number of these SUA enhanced locations to attend a scheduled event so that we can maximize the enjoyment of these areas. We are also working on a permitting system to accommodate this change to further improve this unique location, ”he said.
Unless otherwise specified in a specific wildlife management or special use area, camping on Game and Fish Commission-administered sites is limited to no more than 14 consecutive days and must be in designated camping areas. Warehouses must not be unoccupied for more than 48 hours.
Camping or using a campsite for a total of more than 30 days in a calendar year is illegal. Camping during the planned hunting permits requires that at least one person in the camping group has a permit for this hunt. Loaded firearms are not allowed in campsites or parking lots.