River Reservoir

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  • River Reservoir covers 120 surface acres and stands at the bone-chilling elevation of 8,200 feet. High water demands in the area often force the lake to dwindle to about 50 surface acres, or less, by the end of the summer. Species available include rainbow and brown trout. The lake is usually stocked four times a summer, with the first occurring in early June and the last in early August or late July

    Lightweight spinning outfits are ideal for River Reservoir. -G.J. Sagi, from the essential travel handbook Fishing Arizona

    Trolling flies, such as brown or black wooly buggers, or spinners is likely to work well. Fly fishermen should try the upper end of the lake where the river comes in and the lake is shallower. Sometimes there’s good surface action in the evenings; stick to wet flies like wooly buggers, Montana stones and Semi-Seal leeches. Fishing with night crawlers works well on the east side and upper end of the lake. - Arizona Game and Fish
  • GPS:
    Latitude: 34° 02' 0.96"N Longitude: 109° 26' 11.51"W
    Phone Numbers for more information::
    Game and Fish (928)367-4281 or (928) 535-4481
    Road Conditions:
    Land Ownership:
    River Reservoir is owned by the Apache National Forest
    Ranger Station/District:
    Springerville Ranger District P.O. Box 760 Springerville, AZ 85938 Voice: (928) 333-6200 TTY: (928) 333-5397
    Max Surface Acres:
    River Lake Impounds:
    Little Colorado River
    Average Depth:
    20 ft
    Bag Limit:
    6 trout for licensed anglers and 3 for unlicensed under 14
    Boat/Engine Restrictions:
    Single Electric motors only
    Boats to Rent:
    Yes nearby
    Barrier free Access:
    Trailer Spaces:
    Launching Area:
    Water Skiing:
    No marinas at River Reservoir
  • Take Hwy 260 east from Show Low and then turn south on 373 follow the signs to the lake.

Recent User Reports and Reviews

  1. HookedAZ
    Jan 8, 2017
    River Reservoir, like at the other Greer lakes Tunnel and Bunch, is full or nearly full, and partially ice covered. The ice is thin and not safe.

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