Lyman Reservoir

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  • aka Lyman Reservoir. Lyman Lake was Arizona's first state park. The area features a number of archeological sites and petroglyphs, many of which are accessible by boat. A herd of buffalo is also found as you first drive into the park. -G.J. Sagi, from the essential travel handbook Fishing Arizona

    The largest lake in the region with great amenities and no boat motor restrictions, Lyman Lake State Park attracts anglers, as well as campers and water skiers year-round.

    An irrigation impoundment on the Little Colorado River, Lyman Lake consists of 1,500 surface acres situated at 5,978 feet. The lake lies entirely within Lyman Lake State Park. Water levels fluctuate, but when full, the average depth is 22 feet, with a maximum depth of 57 feet. Lyman Lake is a warm water reservoir containing largemouth bass, channel catfish, green sunfish, carp and a few walleye.

    Fish for catfish, particularly at the upper end of the lake, with night crawlers or chicken livers. Try fishing for bass, walleye and sunfish along rocky or weedy areas of the lake. Catch carp with corn or dough baits. - Arizona Game and Fish
  • GPS:
    Latitude: 34° 21' 30.96"N Longitude: 109° 21' 55.04"W
    Phone Numbers for more information::
    Pinetop Ranger District at (928) 367-4281
    Restrictions/Season of Use:
    Open all year
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    Land Ownership:
    Apache-Sitgreaves National Forest
    Ranger Station/District:
    Pinetop Ranger District at (928) 367-4281
    Entrance Fees/Permits:
    No unless the Apache Sitgreaves National Forest has it posted otherwise
    5980 feet
    Max Surface Acres:
    1400 acres on average
    River Lake Impounds:
    Little Colorado River
    Average Depth:
    22 feet
    Bag Limit:
    The daily bag limit is six bass, six walleye, and 25 catfish fish for licensed anglers. There is no bag limit on sunfish or carp
    Boat/Engine Restrictions:
    There are no motor restriction at Lyman Lake
    The State Parks and Recreation Department maintains year-round visitor amenities that include 23 tent camping sites, 38 RV sites with water, sewer and electric hookups, four cabins and four yurts (tent-like structures). There is a boat ramp, fish-cleaning station, picnic tables, shade ramadas, handicap-accessible restrooms, showers, drinking water and a dump station. Fees are $19 per night for a site with hookups, $12 per night for tent camping and $5 per vehicle for day users. Cabins and yurts are $50 and $35 per night, respectively. A well-stocked convenience store, which sells bait, tackle, ice and firewood, is open from early April until the end of September. In the summer, there are interpretive tours of nearby petroglyphs.
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  • Lyman Lake is located adjacent to Highway 180/191, 11 miles south of St. Johns and 17 miles north of Springerville.

Recent User Reports and Reviews

  1. Jnc51
    "Lake is muddy"
    May 27, 2017
    Fished from my kayak for 5 hours, nothing. Used vibration lures to get strikes as recommended. Maybe another day. Speedboats are allowed on this lake be careful
  2. HookedAZ
    Mar 9, 2017
    Lyman Lake State Park is open. Fishing is fair for bass, walleye, carp and catfish. Use corn or night crawlers for carp and catfish. No ice.

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