• Only two miles from Williams, 35-acre Cataract Lake is one of the area's least known, least used fisheries. To get to Cataract, take I-40 west out of Flagstaff toward Williams. Turn north at Exit 161. It's very close to the interstate.



    Cataract Lake stands at an elevation of 6,800 feet, and with an average depth of only 12 feet, it periodically suffers a winter freeze. The lake's maximum depth is 25 feet and has 1.5 miles of shoreline.



    The lake was created in 1947 when the city of Williams put a forty-foot-high dirt dam on Cataract Creek to provide a steady water supply. -G.J. Sagi, from the travel handbook Fishing Arizona
  • GPS:
    Latitude: 35° 15' 4.2"N Longitude: 112° 12' 15.8"W
    Phone Numbers for more information::
    Flagstaff Game and Fish at (928)774-5045
    Restrictions/Season of Use:
    Cataract Lake is open all year but check road conditions due to the altitude of the lake
    Road Conditions:
    Paved
    Land Ownership:
    Cataract Lake is owned by the US Kaibab National Forest but Coconino County owns the western Shoreline of the lake.
    Ranger Station/District:
    Kaibab National Forest 800 S. 6th Street, Williams, AZ 86046 (928)635-2681
    Elevation:
    The elevation at Cataract Lake is 6,800
    Max Surface Acres:
    55
    River Lake Impounds:
    Cataract Creek
    Average Depth:
    Cataract has an average depth of 12 ft with a maximum depth of 25 feet
    Bag Limit:
    There will posted signs for bag limits on Rainbow and other species of trout
    Boat/Engine Restrictions:
    10 horse max
    Boats to Rent:
    No
    Swimming:
    No
    Camping:
    Yes
    Barrier free Access:
    No
    Trailer Spaces:
    No
    Electricity:
    No
    Launching Area:
    Yes
    Water Skiing:
    No
    Marinas:
    No marinas at Cataract Lake
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  1. nancy
    will cataract lake be open this year 2013