Upper Lake Mary Boat Launch & Picnic Area

Area Status: Open

Upper Lake Mary is especially popular with power boaters and water skiers because there is no motor size limit on it. The lake has northern pike, channel cat, crappie, and some trout. There are two paved boat ramps at the parking area with picnic tables, ramadas, barbeque grills, and toilets. You'll find additional picnic, boating, fishing facilities, and an accessible boat launch facilities at Lake Mary Narrows further south-east.

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




At a Glance

Current Conditions: OPEN with limited facilities for winter
Fees: Fees are required at the developed day-use sites during the high-use season, generally mid-April through mid-October. Daily ($10) or Weekly passes ($15) available on site. If you have an Interagency Pass, please display this from your rear-view mirror as your daily/weekly pass. 
Usage: Medium-Heavy
Restrictions: See Arizona Game & Fish Department Watercraft Rules and Regulations for boating information.
Closest Towns: Flagstaff, AZ
Restroom: Vault toilets
Passes: Site has automated fee machines to purchase daily ($10) or weekly passes ($15). Red Rock Annual Passes and Interagency Annual and Lifetime Passes (America the Beautiful) are also honored at these sites. Click on graphic for larger view. 
Graphic showing eight passes that are accepted at this recreation site.
Operated By: Flagstaff Ranger District - 928-526-0866

General Information


Location: 12 miles southeast of Flagstaff on a paved road. Elevation is 7,000 feet.


  • Boat launch #1(Map): 35°04'22.3"N 111°31'26.9"W
  • Boat launch #2 (Map): 35°04'16.4"N 111°31'19.0"W
  • Dam (Map): 35°04'52.0"N 111°31'54.4"W

Access: Drive 12 miles south from Flagstaff on Forest Highway 3.


Click on map thumbnail for larger view.

Upper Lake Mary Map


General Notes:

Attractions: fishing/boating, picnicking, developed camping nearby, boat camping on southern shore, wildlife watching, biking, and photography.

Facilities: two boat ramps, paved parking, picnic area with picnic tables/ramadas and barbeque grills, vault toilets.


  • No limit on boat motor size.
  • Drinking water not available at lake.
  • No swimming within 50 feet of any boat ramp [Forest Order 04-123R (PDF)]
  • In the winter, the Picnic areas and Boat Launches will not have daily maintenance performed by concessionaires. All facilities will be available for fall/winter use except for one of the two toilets, which will be boarded up. The second toilet will be open but not maintained daily. Summer season begins in early May.

Helpful Links:

Recreation Map

Map showing recreational areas. Map Information


Lake and Pond Fishing


Group Picnicking

Boating - Motorized

Boating - Non-Motorized



Related Information

Recreation Areas

Recreation Activities


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