Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Lyman Lake State Park, Az.

Created as an irrigation reservoir by damming the Little Colorado River, Lyman Lake State Park is a 1,200-acre park that encompasses the shoreline of a 1,500-acre reservoir at an elevation of 6,000 feet. Water is channeled into this river valley from a 790-square-mile watershed extending into New Mexico.
Because of its size, Lyman Lake is one of the few bodies of water in northeastern Arizona with no size restrictions on boats. The west end of the lake is buoyed off and restricted as a no wake area (5 mph) for the sake of the fisherman and those who like the quiet water (canoe, kayak) The fishery consists of walleye, channel catfish and largemouth bass.
Lyman Lake really comes into its own during the spring, summer, and fall. Summer days, with temperature highs in the 80's to low 90's, are perfect for fishing, swimming, leisure boating, water-skiing, hiking or just plain relaxing.
 
In addition to the water activities available, there are a few trails you can take in the area to Indian petroglyphs, and an old pueblo.
Getting to Lyman Lake is pretty straight forward, it’s on the east side of Highway 191 between the towns of St Johns, and Springerville Az.  the surrounding area is hilly, but not a lot of trees, so sometimes there's a bit of a wind rollin through the area.  The park is only open part of the year, and this year it will be opening up on June 15th to Sep 17th.
 
Now, the downside.. unfortunately, being a state park, there are fees involved.. I try to avoid those, but sometimes it’s worth a days fee to spend some time in a special area.. being that this is the largest lake along the cooler ‘rim’ area, sometimes it’s worth it..
the fees are based per vehicle, at 7$, or 3$ for a bike. 
Camping fees are as follows:
Camping Fees:
Cabin Rental: $55
Yurt Rental: $40
Electric, water, sewer site: $30
Electric/water site: $27
No Hookups: $20
Fee Schedule

Another great place to see on your Arizona Explorations 

Prehistory of the Area: Rattlesnake Point Pueblo & Petroglyph Trail







Lyman Lake re-opening May 24
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