Blue Ridge Reservoir

  • Blue Ridge Reservoir is one of the best lakes in Arizona to catch monster trout when there bitting. The best part about Blue Ridge is that you can catch 10 lb plus Brown Trout. The lake is a long narrow bodie of water that spans more thatn 275 surface acers, with an average width of 30 feet. The lake was created by Phelps Dodge in exchange for water usage at mining facilitys. Today its by far the one of the best and only places in Arizona to catch brown trout. There is only one launching area at Blue Ridge Reservoir and its a little steep and rough. Its worth braving to get a boat down thought because the majority of the lake is only accesible by boat. The lake is closed during winter months so plan to visit the lake in spring and summer to avoid the ice and the closers that go along with it.

  • Phone Numbers for more information::
    Check the Game and Fish site
    Restrictions/Season of Use:
    Blue Ridge Reservoir is closed do to ice in the winter
    Road Conditions:
    All of the roads to the boat ramps at Blue Ridge Reservoir are paved. There is a dirt road off the 87 that does not require a 4 wheel drive but the boat ramp is harry.
    Land Ownership:
    Metropolitan Water District
    Ranger Station/District:
    Blue Ridge Ranger Station, 8738 Ranger Road,Happy Jack, AZ 86024
    Entrance Fees/Permits:
    There is no fee for Blue Ridge Reservoir
    6720 feet
    Max Surface Acres:
    River Lake Impounds:
    Black River
    Average Depth:
    120+ feet
    Boat/Engine Restrictions:
    8 horse max engine
    Boats to Rent:
    You can swim all you want at Blue Ridge Reservoir unless otherwise posted near objects "marinas", but it will be cold
    There are no designated campsites at Blue Ridge, but if you have a boat you can get to some awsome places to pitch a tent even though there are some steep cliff walls surrounding the lake. There is also Rock Crossing camp ground nearby.
    Barrier free Access:
    No. You have to walk about 200 feet from were you park.
    Trailer Spaces:
    No. Nearby
    Launching Area:
    Only one lauching area at Blue Ridge Reservoir
    Water Skiing:
    Cleaning Stations:
    No marinas at Blue Ridge
  • To get directions to Blue Ridge Reservoir AZ you can use the interactive map above. Out of Phoenix you want to take the 87 North pass Strawberry and Pine, stay on the 87 and turn south on Forest Service Rd 751 "there will be a sign" and stay on that till you see the lake. Its about 4 miles down the gravel Rd.

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  1. Russ Gardner
    Info is wrong! The road from 87 to Blue Ridge Reservoir is all dirt road, the ramp is dirt. the road requires 4 wheel drive when wet.