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PHOENIX -- Portions of the Tonto National Forest have been closed as a result of the partial shutdown of the federal government.

The forest is open but the campgrounds, boat launches and picnic sites are closed.

All commercial marinas are open at Apache Lake, Roosevelt Lake, Canyon Lake, Saguaro Lake and Bartlett Lake.

Concessionaire-operated campgrounds are also open at Ponderosa, Christopher Creek, Sharp Creek and Houston Mesa campgrounds.

The Tonto National Forest is the fifth largest forest in the United States and of one of the most-visited "urban" forests in the U.S. It receives about 5.8 million visitors annually). Its boundaries are Phoenix to the south, the Mogollon Rim to the north and the San Carlos and Fort Apache Indian reservations to the east.

Jim Cross, Reporter

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