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 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.
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
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,