Lower Lake Mary Picnic Area

Area Status: Open
This area is Open


This picnic area is conveniently close to Flagstaff and offers access to a number of different areas where you can enjoy your favorite outdoor recreation. When Lower Lake Mary has water in it, it's a popular place to fish for catfish and trout, depending on which has been stocked most recently. When it's dry, it's a good place to fly a kite. Lake Mary Road has wide paved shoulders and makes an excellent place to bike, roller blade or jog. Not too far away you'll find the Sandy's Canyon Trail which leads into an area of picturesque small canyons, big trees, and even bigger views. All this activity has been known to cause forest visitors to work up quite an appetite, hence the need for a picnic area.

See Lake Mary Recreation Corridor for more recreation sites and information about the area.

At a Glance

Current Conditions: Concessionaire is on-site and a fee is required May through October.
Operational Hours: Hours: 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Area Amenities: Picnic tables,Toilets,Parking
Fees Summer Season (May through October)
  • $10 per day per vehicle (up to 5 people, $1 per person over 5).
  • $1 per day for walk-ins, bicycles, and motorcycles.
Off-season: Free during the off-season with limited amenities (early mid-October through early May when the concessionaire is not maintaining the site).
Open Season: May 5
Usage: Medium-Heavy
  • No camping is permitted.
  • The maximum boat-motor size on Lower Lake Mary is 10 horsepower.
Closest Towns: Flagstaff, AZ
Water: No
Restroom: Vault toilet
Passes: Fees are required during the high-use season, generally mid-April through mid-October. Recreation Resources Management (the Concessionaire for this site) offers a seasonal pass for $50.00 accepted at the Upper Lake Mary Boat Launch and Picnic Area, Lower Lake Mary Picnic Area, and Narrows Boat Launch and Picnic Area special fee sites. The pass is only available at these sites.
Operated By: Concessionaire - Contact Flagstaff District - 928-526-0866

General Information


Location: 8 miles southeast of Flagstaff on paved roads. Elevation is 7,000 feet.

GPS (Map): 35°06'39.9"N 111°35'01.9"W

Access: Drive 8 miles south from Flagstaff on Forest Highway 3 (Lake Mary Road). The access road to the picnic area is located just south of FR 132.


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Lower Lake Mary Picnic Area Map

General Notes:

Attractions: Picnicking, fishing, biking, hiking, wildlife watching.

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Picnic tables Cooking grills
Toilets Composting (barrier free)
Parking Paved road and parking
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