Upper Lake Mary

Area Status: Open

Upper Lake Mary is the largest of Flagstaff's twin lakes. This long, narrow reservoir is especially popular with power boaters and water skiers because there is no motor size limit on it. But it's also popular with those who prefer people-power or windpower over horsepower. You're liable to see everything from jet boats to rubber rafts, canoes and sailboats all sharing this same body of water. It's a popular fishing spot, too. The lake has Northern Pike, Channel Catfish, Black Crappie, Walleye, Yellow Perch, and Yellow Bass.

Upper Lake Mary Boat Launch and Picnic Area offers boat launch and picnic facilities. Lake Mary Narrows Boat Launch and Picnic Area provides excellent access facilities for disabled anglers by means of paved lakeshore ramps. Two developed campgrounds, Lake View and Pinegrove are nearby.

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




At a Glance

Current Conditions: Low Water - Launch at Your Own Risk - Large Watercraft Not Recommended
Operational Hours: Day-Use Area open as of April 30, 2021. Scheduled to close Oct. 11, 2021.
Fees: Fees are required at the developed day-use sites during the high-use season, generally mid-April through mid-October.
Usage: Medium-Heavy
Busiest Season: Summer and weekends
Restrictions: See Arizona Game & Fish Department Watercraft Rules and Regulations for additional information.
Passes: Recreation Resources Management (the Concessionaire for this site) offers a seasonal pass accepted at the developed day-use sites 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.

General Information



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


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


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Upper Lake Mary Map


General Notes:

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


  • No limit on boat motor size.
  • Drinking water not available at lake.
  • No swimming within 50 feet of any boat ramp (Forest Order 04-123 R [PDF])

Helpful Links:


Recreation Map

Map showing recreational areas. Map Information


Lake and Pond Fishing

Viewing Wildlife

Viewing Scenery


Boating - Motorized

Boating - Non-Motorized



Related Information

Recreation Areas

Recreation Activities


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