Lee Valley Reservoir

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  • aka Lee Valley Lake. Loved by fly fishermen and breath-taking in its setting, Lee Valley Lake sparkles below the flanks of Mount Baldy. A beautiful lake year-round, Lee Valley is especially glorious in the fall when aspen are changing to their golden colors and elk can be heard bugling at dawn and dusk.

    Lee Valley Lake can only be fished with artificial lures and flies. Float tubes are popular and easy to use at this lake; however, fishing success from shore is comparable to fishing from a float tube or a boat. Lee Valley holds the state record for Arctic grayling. Either ends of the dam are good places to fish from shore. Fly-fishing is probably the most productive technique at this lake. Wet flies to try are hare’s ear nymphs, small peacock ladies and prince nymphs in sizes 14 to 16. Just before dark, surface action is quite good with dry flies, such as small Adams, mosquito or midge larvae, and light Cahills in sizes 16 to 20. Spinning lures to try are small Panther Martin, small Z-ray or a very small Kastmaster fished from the dam. - Arizona Game and Fish
  • GPS:
    Latitude: 33° 56' 28.40"N Longitude: 109° 30' 3.24"W
    Phone Numbers for more information::
    Springerville Ranger District (928) 333-6200
    Restrictions/Season of Use:
    May to November or first snow
    Road Conditions:
    Paved all the way to the lake
    Land Ownership:
    Apache-Sitgreaves National Forest
    Ranger Station/District:
    Springerville Ranger District
    Entrance Fees/Permits:
    No unless the Apache Sitgreaves National Forest has it posted otherwise
    Max Surface Acres:
    35 acers on average
    River Lake Impounds:
    Lee Valley Creek
    Average Depth:
    10 feet
    Bag Limit:
    The daily bag limit is two trout, which includes grayling.
    Boat/Engine Restrictions:
    Electric Trolling motors
    Boats to Rent:
    No camping is allowed around the lake, but overnight visitors can camp at nearby Winn campground. This fee campground includes 63 sites plus a group site and has water, vault toilets, picnic tables and fire rings. Firewood is available and there is a host. Reserve a site at Winn campground by visiting reserveusa.com on the web or by calling 1-877-444-6777. Nearby Gabaldon campground, just off the Mount Baldy Wilderness area, is only for people camping with horses. It has five sites, fire rings, vault toilets, and a corral for horses. There is no fee, no potable water, and no reservations are taken.
    Trailer Spaces:
    Nearby not at the lake
    Launching Area:
    One paved boat ramp
    Water Skiing:
    Cleaning Stations:
  • At 9,418 feet in the Apache-Sitgreaves National Forests, Lee Valley Lake is Arizona’s highest elevation reservoir. It is located approximately one hour’s drive from Pinetop, using Highways 260 and 273 and Forest Road 113. Access is restricted in the winter when roads are closed due to snow, generally December to early April.

Recent User Reports and Reviews

  1. HookedAZ
    May 24, 2017
    Fishing is poor. Few fish remain here, although we are not predicting a winterkill, because it was not stocked last year and won’t be this year either.
  2. Jeff k
    Mar 9, 2017
    Inaccessible and ice covered. Ice is thin and unsafe. Ice may be unsafe. Few fish remain here, although we are not predicting a winterkill. Highways 261 and 273 are closed for the winter.

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  1. AGFD bio
    Lee Valley Lake is located on the Apache-Sitgreaves National Forests, not on the reservation. Thus, a valid state fishing license is required of all anglers that are 10 years old and older.

    In the Lake Details, please change the information to the Springerville Ranger District (not the Alpine RD), and the regulations have changed. It is still artificial fly and lure only with a 2 trout limit, but there is no size restriction anymore. Also, there is not a different bag limit for anglers under 14. It is now the same for everyone regardless of age. And the road is paved all the way to the lake.
    1. HookedAZ
      Appreciate the update. I've changed the Ranger District and bag limit.
      HookedAZ, Jan 9, 2017
  2. stephanie crowfield
    I would like to come an fish in the Lee valley Reservior in Arizona. I will need direction my friend told me I could come and fish on the reservation due, to the fact that I am native American indian and so is she.

    Please send me direction to get to Lee Valley reservoir in Arizona. I would like to come and fish on the reservation.

    My email address is lorrbruns@gmail .com


    Stephanie Crowfield
    1. HookedAZ
      The directions are on this page. The lake is not on the reservation though.
      HookedAZ, Jan 9, 2017