There is still some debate over whether Stoneman Lake is the remains of a volcanic crater or whether it fills a deep, collapsed sinkhole. The location of this naturally occurring body of water at the bottom of a large bowl-shaped valley and its nearly circular shape actually support both conclusions. The fact that faults in underlying rock layers provide the only way for water to leave the lake, adds weight to the sinkhole conclusion.
The lake's recreational value, on the other hand, is something that is easily agreed upon. This medium-sized body of water, surrounded by Gambel oak and ponderosa pine covered basalt slopes is an excellent place to bird watch during the yearly waterfowl migrations, or all summer long for songbirds.
There is a gravel parking lot and boat ramp at a day use area on the lake's northern shore. Picnic tables at shaded sites nearby provide a good place to spend an afternoon.
Campground Season: There are no campgrounds at Stoneman Lake. Camping is available to the north at Mormon Lake and to the south at Beaver Creek. Please view "Dispersed Camping Guidelines" for camping in the area.
Attractions: Boating (single electric motors only), Picnicking, Wildlife viewing, Photography
Facilities: Gravel boat ramp and parking area, Picnic tables, Vault toilets
- No camping is permitted at the day-use area. Boats may be powered with no more than a single electric motor.
- The last 4 miles of road into the lake are not suitable for passenger cars in wet weather.
- There are a number of private cottages near the lake. Please respect their privacy.
At a Glance
|Munds Park, AZ
|Red Rock District - 928-203-2900
General InformationGeneral Notes:
Check before you go. There is seldom water in Stoneman Lake.
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Location: 46 miles south of Flagstaff on paved and graveled roads. Elevation is 6900 feet.
GPS (Map): 34°46'59.4"N 111°31'19.5"W
Access: Drive 36 miles south of Flagstaff on I-17, and take the Stoneman Lake Exit (Exit 306). Turn east under the highway and follow Forest Road 213 about 6.3 miles. Turn north (left) at the T to stay on FR 213. Follow FR 213 for about 2 miles and then turn left on FR 665 then right immediately on FR 213A and drive 0.5 miles to the day-use area.
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