Blue River AZ

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Lakes in Arizona

Fishing At Blue River Arizona

The Blue River in Arizona does not consist of forks but many small creeks as it runs from the bottom of the San Francisco River near Alpine then meeting up with the San Francisco River again about 30 miles south near Clifton. The Blue River takes a small detour and goes through New Mexico near the northern end. Be sure to have a New Mexico fishing license if you enter their state. Also there are many private homes and ranches along the Blue River so be careful and read posted keep out signs. The Blue River is most popular with fly fisherman in Arizona. Reports have shown the river holds brown, apache, hybridized apache-rainbow and rainbow trout. It's possible you catch a brook trout as well.


The Blue River is located on the Apache-Sitreaves National forest of Arizona. Although its in the White Mountains its not on the White Mountain indian reservation. So what you need is a valid fishing license from the Arizona Game and Fish with a trout stamp.

Campers may set up at established sites Upper Blue, Blue Crossing or KP Cienega to the south.

Blue River AZ

Flows and Water Level

To check the flows of the Blue River AZ to see it's water level pull up this page from the USGS.This particular spot is monitored near Clifton. The water level of the Blue River and it's tributaries depend on snow fall.

Major Tributaries and Creeks of the Blue River

  • Campbell Blue Creek "Northern tributary"
  • KP Creek "Southern tributary"

    Other Smaller Creeks of the Blue River.
  • Pigeon Creek
  • Dutch Blue Creek
  • Little Blue Creek
  • Thomas Creek
  • Rosensock Creek
  • Squaw Creek
  • Strayhorse Creek
  • Raspberry Creek
  • Mckittrick Creek
  • Grant Creek
  • Cienega Creek
  • Lamphier Canyon
  • Indian Creek
  • Dry Blue Creek
  • Pace Creek
  • Castle Creek
  • Coleman Creek
  • Buckalou Creek
  • Cienega Creek
  • Foote Creek
  • Bush Creek

Map of Blue River Arizona

Directions to Blue River Arizona

Use the map above to get directions to Blue River. The Blue River basically runs parallel to the 191. Directions depending on were your coming from and whether your going to the north end or south end. You can use one of our interactive maps to get exact direction to print up.

Information for Blue River Arizona
Consumption Advisory To check if there is an advisory read this Game and Fish page.
Restrictions/Season of Use Roads to the Blue River may be closed Nov. through March do to ice
GPS Latitude: 33° 29' 35.90"N Longitude: 109° 12' 44.43"W
Land Ownership Apache-Sitgreaves National Forest
Tournament this week No
Elevation 6200- 4000
Max Surface Acers

20 fishable miles

Spawning Season There are naturally occurring Brown Trout in the Blue River. There may be some area close to help the fish during spring and possible the rest of the year.
River lake Impounds  
Water Temp cold
Average Depth The Blue River has some deep pools on the north end but you can expect the majority of the river to be walk able
Road Condition Paved to Dirt
Fly Fishing You can fly fish at Blue River They do have Trout, It may also be artificial fly and lure only
Bait Fishing Baitfishing may be prohibited
Access Fee There is not usually a fee when fishing on a Apache-Sitgreaves owned bodies of water. You might have to pay at the campsites or for parking.
Tonto Pass No
Bag Limit As posted
Boats to Rent No
Licenses for Sale In Alpine
Swimming Yes
Camping Yes at established campsites
Drinking Water Yes at campsites
Barrier free Access  
Restrooms Yes there are restrooms at Blue River .
Trailer Spaces Yes
Electricity No
Boat & Engine Restrictions Not for boats.
Launching Area No
Water Skiing No
Cleaning Stations No
Phone Number for Water Level Pinetop game and fish (928)367-4281 or Alpine
Marinas No
Ranger Station Alpine and Clifton are the closest
Ranger District Pinetop
Comments: If you find any of the about information to have been updated or wrong, let us know. Email or just post the correction in the forum below. Thank You.


Bait Shops and Fishing Tackle Stores near Blue River Arizona


Last Updated on Sunday, 21 November 2010 18:24


# Doug Benford 2013-09-08 15:55
Fishing and Tackle Stores in Area:
The Tackle Shop in Alpine, Az.
The Luna Lake Marina at Luna Lake, Alpine, Az.
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