Sometimes it's a lake; sometimes it's not. Lower Lake Mary, the smaller of Flagstaff's twin lakes, has a tendency to disappear during the long dry spells that periodically hit this area. When the lake has water in it, which actually is much of the time, its banks are usually lined with anglers trying to catch the trout which the Arizona Game and Fish Department stocks here. If it stays full for a year or two, it will pick up a population of northern pike and catfish.
Access to this lake is directly off Forest Highway 3 (Lake Mary Road) at the Lower Lake Mary Picnic Area. This day use area is a great picnic location, no matter how high or low the water is, with wide open views and lots of tables and grills under ramadas. Parking is ample but trailer/RV parking can be limited on a busy day.
During the warm season it is a good place to watch elk, deer, bald eagles, great blue herons and other waterfowl. This is also a good location to bring a kite or bicycle (FH 3 is a popular road for bicycle fans and racers).
See Lower Lake Mary Picnic Area for facility information.
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At a Glance
||$8 per day per vehicle (up to 5 people, $1 per person over 5) 6 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Friday, and from dawn to dusk on weekends. $1.00 per walk-in or bicycle for use of the facilities will be charged.
||Motorized boats: single electric motor or single gasoline engine limited to 10 horsepower. See Arizona Game & Fish Department Watercraft Rules and Regulations for additional information/
||The fees will be required during the highest use season, generally mid-April through mid-October. Recreation Resources Management (the Concessionaire for this site) is offering a seasonal pass for $45.00 that will be accepted at Upper and Lower Lake Mary and the Narrows. This pass is available only at the lake.
||Flagstaff Ranger District - 928-526-0866
Location: 7 miles southeast of Flagstaff on paved roads.
GPS (Map): 35°06'44.0"N 111°34'56.6"W
Access: Take Lake Mary Road (FH 3) south-east from Flagstaff, 7 miles. The day use parking area is on the west side of the road.
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Campground Season: May 1st to the end of September (Nearest campgrounds are Canyon Vista Campground about 3 miles north of Lower Lake Mary and Lakeview Campground, 5 miles south at Upper Lake Mary.)
Attractions: Fishing/boating, picnicking, wildlife watching, biking, photography
Facilities: Picnic area with ramadas, boat ramp, toilets (composting), biking, photography
- No drinking water available at the lake.
- There is a boat-motor size limitation on Lower Lake Mary of no larger than 10 horsepower.