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Reservation Lake

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  • Reservation Lake, which is at a frigid elevation of 9,000 feet above sea level, is rather out-of-the-way destination on the White Mountain Apache Indian Reservation. Once you get there though you'll find 280 surface acres of trout-infested waters that include rainbow, brook, brown and Apache.

    Try Working the shorelines with small Mepps spinners in red and yellow or any of the marshmallow-style trout baits. When trolling (remember only electric trolling motors are allowed), use cowbells and work deep, especially during the daytime. A silver Rapala probably isn't a bad idea either.. -G.J Sagi, from the essential travel handbook Fishing Arizona



    The south end of the lake and the dam are accessible for shore fishermen and the rock-dam is a popular spot often filled with fishermen all the way across. I've had the best luck at this lake with Rainbow Power Bait.

    - Tom
  • Phone Numbers for more information::
    Game and Fish (928)338-4385
    Restrictions/Season of Use:
    Open all year Stocked first in May when weather permits, The roads to Reservation lake often closed in the winter so call ahead
    Road Conditions:
    Paved to dirt road filled with potholes
    Land Ownership:
    Reservation Lake is owned by the White Mountain Apache Tribe
    Ranger Station/District:
    Pinetop Game and Fish (928)3674281
    Entrance Fees/Permits:
    White Mountains Permit
    Elevation:
    9000 feet
    Max Surface Acres:
    280
    River Lake Impounds:
    Black River, White River
    Bag Limit:
    Trout: 5 for adults (15 and over) 3 for juveniles (10-14) 2 for kids (under 10) Bass and Catfish: 15 for adults, 8 for juveniles, 8 for kids All other species "No limit"
    Boat/Engine Restrictions:
    Electric only
    Boats to Rent:
    No
    Swimming:
    No
    Camping:
    Yes
    Barrier free Access:
    Yes you can get a vehicle pretty close say within 20 feet of the water
    Water Skiing:
    No
    Marinas:
    No marinas at Reservation Lake
  • Take State Route 273 to the Big Lake turnoff take a right at Service Road 116 this will lead you south to Reservation Lake.Information for Reservation Lake Arizona

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  1. David Esquivel
    Are the cabins at Reservation Lake still available for rent?

    Thank you,

    David :)
  2. nancy
    Are the cabins at Reservation available in mid September 2014? If so, what are the rates?
  3. Mark Glover
    Are boats no longer rented at Reservation Lake ?
  4. PaulLaky
    Are there boat rentals with electric motors available at Reservation Lake. if so- what are the rates and the hours. also-do you sell tribe licenses there?
    Lastly- how is the fishing ?
  5. Erin
    Is there cell service at reservation lake? If not do you know where the closest reception toba signal is?