Fishing at Upper Lake Mary.
Fishing here is a blast. The main attraction is Northern Pike which can get quite large with razor sharp teeth. The bite can be nasty so don’t forget you pliers. You’ll also catch rainbow trout, yellow bass, channel catfish, sunfish and an occasional walleye. Fishing can be a lot more fun with a boat but fishing from the bank can have good results. Upper Lake Mary is about 12 miles southeast of Flagstaff in a heavy forested area in the Mormon Lake District of the Coconino National Forest. It is a beautiful sky blue lake surrounded by Ponderosa Pines and meadows with views of the San Francisco Peaks. The “Upper Lake” is not to be confused with its twin sister, “Lower Lake Mary” .
Boating, Camping and Facilities.
When full, Upper Lake Mary covers about 450 acres at a maximum depth of 38 feet. There are three paved boat ramps and there is no limit on boat motor size. There are excellent facilities for disabled anglers. You’ll find lakeside picnic tables and restrooms. There are two developed campgrounds nearby including Lake View and Pine Grove. Canyon Vista campground is nearer to Lower Lake Mary and you’ll find more camping area at nearby Mormon Lake and Ashurst Lake.
Season and Fees.
Fees are charged during the peak season of generally mid-April to mid-October. Fees are $5.00 per day, per vehicle up to 5 persons with $1.00 each over five. Walkins or bikers are $1.00 each. Fees are required from 6:00 AM to 6:00 PM Monday through Friday and from dawn to dusk on weekends. Senior discounts and seasonal passes apply.
Maintenance is limited during the winter months. The season (weather permitting) for Lakeview and Pinegrove campgrounds in May 1 through September.
Getting To Upper Lake Mary.
From I-17 in Flagstaff AZ, exit east on Lake Mary Road and follow the paved road past Lower Lake Mary about 12 miles to the Upper Lake.
Mormon Lake Ranger District
4825 S. Lake Mary Road
Flagstaff AZ 86001
map provided by Coconino National Forest