There are a number of reasons to visit Ashurst Lake. First, since it's regularly stocked with rainbow and brook trout, it's an excellent place to fish. It's a good place to paddle your canoe, too, or to windsurf or enjoy any of a number of other water sports. A graveled road to the lake and around it provides a good place to ride your mountain bike. The setting's not bad either. The San Francisco Peaks stand picture perfect on the horizon.
Ashurst Lake is medium-sized, as northern Arizona lakes go, but it has a reputation for holding water even through long dry spells. That's especially important here, where periods of low precipitation can last long enough to dry up less resilient bodies of water. There are convenient campgrounds nearby, where you can pitch your tent or park your camper in the shade of a gnarly and set out your lawn chair within casting distance of the lake. And if you don't catch any lunkers, you can always enjoy the peace and quiet and the bragging-size scenery.
At a Glance
||March 17, 2017: Campgrounds are open with reduced amenities until the concessionaire opens full amenities for the summer (May 5). Side roads leading into Ashurst Lake are still closed due to muddy conditions. The lake is nearly full, and the boat ramp is usable.
||Boat ramp,Tent camping,Camping trailer,Fee charged for some activities,Picnic tables,Toilets,Drinking water,Parking
||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/
Activities: Fishing/boating, camping (developed), windsurfing, wildlife watching, biking, and photography.
Facilities: Boat ramp, 50 single-unit campsites (25 at each of two campgrounds) with tables, fire rings, and cooking grills, Drinking water and vault toilets.
There are two developed campgrounds at Ashurst Lake: Ashurst Lake and Forked Pine with 25 campsites each. Campground season is from early May through mid-October. Drinking water and toilets are available at these campgrounds only when they are open.
Please note: When these campgrounds are "closed" and there is no host, the public may still use them providing the road is open. However, drinking water will not be available and all toilets will be boarded up except for the one closest to the main boat launch, which will be maintained by employees and volunteers. As always, camping around Ashurst Lake is only permitted in designated sites and nowhere else for a one-mile radius around each of the campgrounds.
Location:20 miles southeast of Flagstaff on paved and graveled roads. Elevation is 7,000 feet.
GPS (Map): 35°01'15.7"N 111°24'26.2"W
Access: Drive south 19 miles from Flagstaff on Forest Highway 3 (Lake Mary Road) then east about 4 miles on FR 82E.
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