Upper Lake Mary Arizona

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Fishing At Upper Lake Mary Arizona

Upper Lake Mary is the largest of Flagstaff's twin lakes. It is also the one farthest from town. This long, narrow impoundment is especially popular with power boaters and water skiers because there is no motor size limit on it. But it's also popular with those who prefer people power or wind power over horsepower. For that reason, you're liable to see everything from jet boats to rubber rafts, canoes and sailboats all sharing this same body of water. A lot of people come here to fish, too. The lake has northern pike, channel cat, crappie and some trout. Lake Mary Narrows Recreation Area provides excellent access facilities for disabled anglers by means of paved lakeshore ramps. Two developed campgrounds, Lake View and Pine Grove are nearby. There are two paved boat ramps at the parking area near the dam, and you'll find a lakeside picnic area and another boat ramp at Lake Mary Narrows Recreation Area in addition to its paved fishing access ramps.- Coconino National Forest

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For many visitors to Arizona, which is altogether too often stereotyped as little more than desert, a quality northern pike or walleye fishery seems unlikely. Yet that's exactly what Upper Lake Mary is (8 miles southeast of Flagstaff on Lake Mary Road). In the 1960s, when the lake began to have an overabundance of "trash" fish, the Arizona Game and Fish Department loaded the 600-acre lake with northern pike.

Today, working large red-and-gold spinners (typically larger than bass lures) along the thick weedline can be quite productive. Come to the lake early in the spring or late in the fall when temperatures are still low, and hang onto that rod! -G.J Sagi, from the travel handbook Fishing Arizona

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Directions to Upper Lake Mary Arizona

Drive 12 miles south from Flagstaff on Forest Highway 3.

Information for Upper Lake Mary Arizona
Consumption Advisory To check if there is an advisory read this Game and Fish article.
Restrictions/Season of Use Upper Lake Mary is open all year except in winder conditions
GPS Upper Lake Mary boat launch #1: N35° 4’ 21.864”, W-111° 31’ 27.876”
Upper Lake Mary boat launch #2: N35° 4’ 16.14”, W-111° 31’ 19.524”
Upper Lake Mary Dam: N35° 4' 52.644", W111° 31' 53.3994"
Land Ownership Upper Lake Mary is owned by the USFS Coconino National Forest
Tournament this week No
Elevation 6,787 Feet
Max Surface Acers 600 plus
Spawning Season Stocked in summer
River lake Impounds Upper Lake Mary is a Natural Lake
Water Temp The water temperature for Upper Lake Mary is below 32 degrees in the winter and fall and never rises much higher than the 60's in summer.
Average Depth 38 Feet
Road Condition paved
Fly Fishing You can fly fish at Upper Lake Mary for trout.
Bait Fishing You can bait fish at Upper Lake Mary
Access Fee Fees: $6 per day per vehicle (up to 5 people, $1 per person over 5) 6 am to 6 pm, Monday – Friday, and from dawn to dusk on weekends.  $1.00 per walk-in or bicycle for use of the facilities will be charged. These fees will be required during the highest use season, generally mid-April through mid-October. Recreation Resources Management (the Concessionaire for this site) is offering a seasonal pass for $35.00 that will be accepted at Upper and Lower Lake Mary and the Narrows.
Tonto Pass You do not need a Tonto Pass for Upper Lake Mary .
Bag Limit limit 4 catfish
Boats to Rent  
Licenses for Sale There is nowhere to by a license at Upper Lake Mary but you can pick one up at WallMart in downtown Flagstaff.
Swimming Yes
Camping May 7th to end of September (weather permitting) at Lakeview and Pivegrove Campgrounds.
Drinking Water No
Barrier free Access  
Restrooms Yes
Trailer Spaces  
Electricity No
Boat & Engine Restrictions There are no engine restrictions on Upper Lake Mary
Launching Area Yes
Water Skiing Yes
Cleaning Stations  
Phone Number for Water Level (602) 789 3701 Game and Fish
Bait Shops You will see multiple baits shops along Lake Mary road southbound out of Flagstaff
Ranger Station 4773 S. Lake Mary Rd. Flagstaff, AZ 86001 (928) 774-1147
Ranger District Mormon Lake Ranger Districts, 5075 N. Hwy 89, Flagstaff AZ 86004, (928) 526-0866
Boat Rental Stores  
Launching Sites Yes
General Stores  
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Last Updated on Sunday, 01 April 2012 09:26


# jenn 2013-06-10 20:24
can you launch a pontoon boat,fish and swim? what about campfires?
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# cheryl 2011-08-11 15:01
where can you camp and fish. do you need reservations
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