Marshall Lake

Area Status: Open
Marshall Lake as seen between two pine trees

Marshall Lake is a small marshy body of water that's generally full of coots and other waterfowl splashing, flapping, and cooting around. It is such valuable wildlife habitat that it is managed in partnership by Ducks Unlimited and the Arizona Game and Fish Department.

During wet cycles the lake has enough water to be stocked with trout by the Arizona Game and Fish Department. In dry years, however, it may temporarily disappear! Even when the lake is dry this area still offers excellent opportunities for outdoor recreation.

Dry or wet, a number of primitive campsites near the east side of the lake provide exceptional views of the peaks from pine sheltered locations. The surrounding area also serves as a good place to come to see some of this area's plentiful elk or its rare wintering bald eagles. The lake itself provides a hunting site for resident ospreys and a rest stop for migrating waterfowl.

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At a Glance

Current Conditions: During the winter, roads leading into the area are closed to vehicles. Road closures.
Usage: Medium
Restrictions: 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/
Closest Towns: Flagstaff, AZ
Operated By: Flagstaff Ranger District - 928-526-0866

General Information


Location: About 12 miles southeast of Flagstaff on paved and unpaved road.

GPS (Map): 35°06'44.6"N 111°32'18.4"W

Access: Drive 9 miles south from Flagstaff on Forest Highway 3 (Lake Mary Road). Turn east (left) on Forest Road 128 about 3 miles to the lake. The last mile or so is unpaved and may be impassable at times due to wet conditions. The road is closed in the winter. 


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Marshall Lake Map


General Notes:

Season: Opens in early May and closed in mid-October. This seasonal opening is due to rough terrain and weather conditions.

Attractions: fishing (usually), picnicking, camping (primitive), wildlife watching, mountain biking, and photography

Facilities: Primitive boat launch on east side


  • Boat/Motor size restriction: 10 horsepower maximum.
  • The northwest side of the lake is closed to vehicular traffic to protect waterfowl nesting habitat.
  • No toilets, tables, or drinking water available.
  • Camping next to the lake is not allowed; camp on the other side of the road.

Arizona Game and Fish Department Stocking Schedule

Recreation Map

Map showing recreational areas. Map Information


Dispersed Camping

Lake and Pond Fishing

Viewing Wildlife


Boating - Non-Motorized

Related Information

Recreation Areas

Recreation Activities


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