Lower Lake Mary

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  • Sometimes it's a lake; sometimes it's not. Lower Lake Mary, the smaller of Flagstaff's twin lakes, has a tendency to disappear during the long dry spells that periodically hit this area.When the lake has water in it, which actually is much of the time, its banks are usually lined with anglers trying to catch the trout which the Arizona Game and Fish Department stocks here. If it stays full for a year or two, it will pick up a population of northern pike and catfish.

    Access to this lake is directly off Forest Highway 3 at the Lower Lake Mary Picnic Area and Boat Launch (open summers only). This day use area is a great picnic location no matter how high or low the water is with wide open views and lots of tables and grills under ramadas. Parking is ample but trailer/RV parking can be limited on a busy day.

    During the warm season it is a good place to watch elk, deer, bald eagles, great blue herons and other waterfowl. This is also a good location to bring a kite or bicycle (FH 3 is popular for road bicycle fans and racers).- Coconino National Forest
  • GPS:
    Latitude: 35° 06' 40.8" N Longitude: 111° 35' 0.80" W
    Phone Numbers for more information::
    (602) 789 3701 Game and Fish
    Restrictions/Season of Use:
    Lower Lake Mary is open all year except in winder conditions
    Road Conditions:
    Land Ownership:
    Lower Lake Mary 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:
    fees: $6 per day per vehicle (up to 5 people, $1 per person over 5) 6 am to 6 pm, Monday – Friday, and from dawn to dusk on weekends. $1.00 per walk-in or bicycle for use of the facilities will be charged. These fees will be required during the highest use season, generally mid-April through mid-October. Recreation Resources Management (the Concessionaire for this site) is offering a seasonal pass for $35.00 that will be accepted at Upper and Lower Lake Mary and the Narrows. This pass is available only at the lake.
    6,787 Feet
    Max Surface Acres:
    100 plus
    River Lake Impounds:
    Lower Lake Mary is a Natural Lake
    Average Depth:
    12 Feet
    Boat/Engine Restrictions:
    Your limited to a 10 horse motor at Lower Lake Mary .
    Boats to Rent:
    You would not want to swim in Lower Lake Mary because its freezing cold, murky and full of weeds in shallow water.
    May 1st to end of September ,43 single unit campsites at Dairy Springs and Double Springs Campgrounds with tables, fire rings, and cooking grills, Drinking water and vault toilets at the campgrounds, Hiking trails nearby, Equipment rentals at Lower Lake Mary Village
    Trailer Spaces:
    Launching Area:
    Yes keep in mind Lower Lake Mary 's size fluctuates frequently impacting the launching area, but they do have one
    Water Skiing:
  • Take Lake Mary Road (FH 3) south-east from Flagstaff, 8 miles. The day use parking area is on the west side of the road. -Coconino National Forest

Recent User Reports and Reviews

  1. HookedAZ
    Mar 18, 2017
    Lower lake Mary has had about 9,000 larger (10 + inch) Rainbow Trout stocked in the last week along with about 8600 smaller (6-8 inch) Rainbow Trout. The recent stocking of Rainbow Trout contained some really nice trout with one being measured at about 18 inches. Folks yesterday were catching trout on flies and small lures. Some were also being caught on PowerBait. More stockings are on the way for Lower Lake Mary.
  2. Jeff k
    Mar 9, 2017
    The new fish stocking season has begun in the Flagstaff and Williams region. That will include Lower Lake Mary, which has the highest water levels since 2010. Having been partially replenished, this 450-acre lake in Flagstaff is basically a new fishery.

    We'll be stocking some large rainbow trout on Thursday to kick things off.

    And Lower Mary will grow 'em quickly.

    This is Lower Mary on Monday after our fisheries biologists checked water quality:

    Lower Lake Mary is as full as it's been since 2010.

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