Ashurst Lake

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  • Ashurst Lake AZ is located about twenty minutes south of Flagstaff off Lake Mary Rd. If you want to cautch rainbow trout or Northern Pike Ashurst Lake offers action from the shore or from a boat. You can try your luck with spoons or waterdogs from a boober for Northern Pike and watever there biting on that day for the trout. There is a little trailer right when you enter Ashurst lake that sells trout bait, small tackle and refreshment. I've herd the south side of the lake in the tall grass is were the most action is, but the lake is so small you might just try walking around it and fishing it all.
  • GPS:
    35 01' 14.9N 111 24' 27.3W
    Restrictions/Season of Use:
    Ashurst Lake is open all year
    Road Conditions:
    The roads of the main highway are all gravle to Ashurst Lake and well maintaned.
    Land Ownership:
    Ashurst lake is owned by the USFS Coconino National Forest
    Ranger Station/District:
    4773 S. Lake Mary Rd. Flagstaff, AZ 86001 (928) 774-1147
    Entrance Fees/Permits:
    There is no access fee for entering Ashurst Lake.
    7100 Feet
    Max Surface Acres:
    When at it's full capacity Ashurst lake is about 200 acres with approximately 3 miles of shore line.
    River Lake Impounds:
    Ashurst Lake is one of the only natural lakes in Arizona.
    Average Depth:
    20 Feet
    Boat/Engine Restrictions:
    Your limited to a 10 horse motor at Ashurst Lake.
    Boats to Rent:
    There is nowere to rent boats at Ashurst Lake, but there is nearby about twenty minutes away in downtown Flagstaff.
    You would not want to swim in Ashurst lake because its freezing cold, murky and full of weeds in shallow water.
    Ashurst Lake has a nice campground for tents and travel vehicles about 150 ft away from the water.
    Barrier free Access:
    You can get your vehicle close but there is a rock border preventing you from reaching the shore. You can get withing 20 ft on the north end.
    Trailer Spaces:
    Yes there are trailer spaces at Ashurst Lake.
    Launching Area:
    There is a lauching are at Ashurst Lake that i believe is paved.
    Water Skiing:
    Cleaning Stations:
    No marinas at Ashurst Lake
  • To get directions to Ashurst Lake you can use the interactive map above. Basically to get to Ashurst lake out of Phoenix you have two choices. You can take I17 all the way to Flagstaff and then go south on Lake Mary Rd about 20 right to the lake. Or you can take the 87 out of Phoenix to Lake Mary Rd. Theres also a pretty scenic drive to Ashurst Lake if you take the I17 to Camp Verde get on the 260 East. Take the 260 East to the 87 north to Lake Mary Rd. All of the Routes I listed to Ashurst Lake do not require a truck or 4 wheel drive.

Recent User Reports and Reviews

  1. AZnative
    "Worth Trying"
    Jul 3, 2018
    Fished Ashurst on July 3rd, 2018 for the first time. The lake is a few feet low making the shore somewhat muddy with a lot of moss near the shore. It was a very windy day (the lake is so open) so we shore fished. Caught a number of trout mid-morning to noon including a couple of large trout in the 15"+ range. Power Bait is the ticket for shore fishing. It's so dry and warm that the lake and camping wasn't at all busy. I'd love to find more information on the lake topography. It seems to be a rather shallow body of water. Old reports that supplies can be purchased there are no longer valid. Bring what what you need. The 4 mile drive in off FR3 isn't too bad, just really dusty. Since Blue Ridge Reservoir IMG_0811.jpg near our cabin is closed as is the entire forest so we can't get to the rim lakes, I'll be back to Ashurst a couple more times this summer.
  2. HookedAZ
    "Open and Trout Stocked"
    Mar 26, 2017
    The road is open and the first load of 2,700 rainbow trout was stocked last week.
  3. Jose
    "Lake is full now from recent storms"
    Feb 17, 2017
    The road to Ashurst Lake remains closed and is very muddy and there are some heavy snow drifts.

User Comments

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  1. Brad carstens
    Does ashurst freeze during the winter??
  2. HookedAZ
    Not enough to walk onto and fish. Ashurst Lake is definitely not for ice fishing. In the new game and fish book, it says that you may be able to fish from shore at times during the winter if the roads are not bad.
  3. Edward
    Just spent five days there My wife drove up separately from me so she could return to work.

    During the five days I caught about 10 all together using rainbow power bait. It was quite windy and it tore up my awning. The fish I caught were about 10 inches long. In other web sites I see that they say "There is a place to buy bait and soft drinks, water" There was no such place.