C.C. Cragin (Blue Ridge) Reservoir

  

This narrow, winding body of water looks more like a canyon-bound river than a lake. Nestled between forested canyon walls it provides picturesque water recreation in a secluded, wooded setting.

If fishing is your cup of tea, you can catch rainbow, brown or brook trout here, stocked by the Arizona Game and Fish Department. If your taste runs to other types of recreation, the sightseeing, wildlife watching, hiking, and mountain biking here in the canyon-carved uplands of the Mogollon Plateau will make you glad you chose to visit this out of the way lake. Click on the photo for three larger views. Position your curser inside the photo on the right to advance to the next photo. In the second view, you can see the road to the boat ramp on the right.

In 2018, C.C. Cragin Reservoir will become an important water source for the town of Payson, Arizona. Forest thinning and prescribed burning in the area under the Cragin Watershed Protection Project will help protect this valuable water source and improve forest health in the area. C.C. Cragin Dam was built in 1965 by Phelps Dodge, and later transferred to the Salt River Project (SRP). Learn more about the reservoir's history on SRP's history of C.C. Cragin dam and reservoir.

 

 

 

At a Glance

Area Amenities: Boat ramp,Toilets,Parking
Open Season: Weather permitting
Usage: Medium-Heavy
Restrictions:
  • Boats are restricted to a single electric motor or a single gasoline engine 10 horsepower or less.
  • No vehicles over 22 feet long on FR 751 in restricted area southeast of Rock Crossing Campground.
  • No vehicles with trailers in excess of 50 feet overall in restricted area.
  • No parking except in designated parking spaces on FR 751 in restricted area.
  • No swimming within 50 feet of a boat ramp or dock.
See the Forest Order 04-16-12-R for details, map, and background information on the parking, vehicle length, and swimming restrictions.
Closest Towns: Happy Jack, AZ
Operated By: Mogollon Rim District - 928-477-2255

General Information

Directions:

Location: 63 miles south of Flagstaff on a graveled forest road.

GPS (Map): 34°33'16.6"N 111°11'47.4"W

Access: Drive 55 miles south of Flagstaff to Clints Well on Forest Highway 3 (Lake Mary Road). Turn northeast (left) about 4 miles on AZ 87 to FR 751 then southeast about 6 more miles to the reservoir. All roads are paved except FR 751 which is graveled and suitable for passenger cars in most weather. In wintertime, FR 751 is closed and the reservoir is not accessible.

 

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Blue Ridge Reservoir Map

 


General Notes:

Campground Season: Memorial Day to mid-fall. (Rock Crossing Campground is 4 miles from the reservoir on FR 751.)

Attractions: Fishing, boating, hiking, sightseeing, wildlife viewing, photography

Facilities: 32 single unit campsites and 2 double unit sites with tables, fire rings, and cooking grills at Rock Crossing Campground, drinking water at the campgrounds, toilets (self-composting), boat ramp, hiking trails nearby.

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Boat ramp for small boats
Toilets 1 vault type
Parking
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Location

 
  Latitude : 
34.554620

  Longitude : 
-111.196502

  Elevation : 
6695 at boat ramp