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Coconino National Forest
1824 S. Thompson St.
Flagstaff, AZ 86001


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Ashurst Lake

There are a number of reasons to visit Ashurst Lake. First, since it's regularly stocked with rainbow and brook trout, it's an excellent place to fish. It's a good place to paddle your canoe, too, or to windsurf or enjoy Photo of Ashurst Lake with San Francisco Peaks in background any of a number of other water sports. A paved road to the lake and a gravel one around it provides a good place to ride your mountain bike. The setting's not bad either. The San Francisco Peaks stand picture perfect on the horizon.

Ashurst Lake is medium-sized, as northern Arizona lakes go, but it has a reputation for holding water even through long dry spells. That's especially important here, where periods of low precipitation can last long enough to dry up less resilient bodies of water. There's a convenient campground nearby, where you can pitch your tent or park your camper in the shade of a gnarly and set out your lawn chair within casting distance of the lake. And if you don't catch any lunkers, you can always enjoy the peace and quiet and the bragging-size scenery.

Related Links

Ashurst Lake and Forked Pine Campgrounds

Mormon Lake Recreation Page

More Helpful Links: Handbook of Boating Laws and Responsibilities (non-Forest Service Site)
and: Vessel and Engine Restrictions in Arizona (non-Forest Service Site)
and: Arizona Game and Fish Department (non-Forest Service Site)

Location: 20 miles southeast of Flagstaff on paved roads. Elevation is 7,000 feet.

Access: Drive south 19 miles from Flagstaff on Forest Highway 3 (Lake Mary Road) then east about 4 miles on FR 82E.

Campground Season: May through mid-October
Free camping with no facilities after campgrounds close.

Attractions: Fishing/boating, Camping (developed), Windsurfing, Wildlife watching, Biking, Photography

Facilities: Boat ramp, 50 single-unit campsites (25 at each of two campgrounds) with tables, fire rings, and cooking grills, Drinking water and vault toilets.


  • Boat motors limited to 10 horsepower or less.
  • Drinking water not available during winter months.

For more information contact:
Peaks/Mormon Lake Ranger Districts, 5075 N. Hwy 89, Flagstaff AZ 86004, (928) 526-0866

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U.S. Forest Service - Coconino National Forest
Last Modified: Wednesday, 19 March 2008