Ashurst Lake

Area Status: Open
Ashurst Lake with the San Francisco Peaks in the background

There are a number of reasons to visit Ashurst Lake. First, since it's regularly stocked with rainbow and brown 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

Current Conditions: During the winter, roads leading into the area are closed to vehicles. Road closures.
Area Amenities: Boat ramp, Tent camping, Camping trailer, Fee charged for some activities, Picnic tables, Toilets, Drinking water, Parking
Usage: Light
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/
Water: Yes/Seasonal
Restroom: Yes/Seasonal
Operated By: Concessionaire

General Information

General Notes:

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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Ashurst Lake Map


Recreation Map

Map showing recreational areas. Map Information


Lake and Pond Fishing

Arizona Game and Fish Department stocks this lake periodically, spring through fall, with rainbow and brown trout.

The Arizona Game and Fish Department is asking anglers to catch the monster northern pike at Ashurst Lake near Flagstaff to help this popular trout lake overlooking the San Francisco Peaks.

Northern Pike were illegally introduced and are not wanted in Ashurst Lake. There is no limit on Northern Pike and anglers are asked to immediately kill all Pike caught to help with the survival of and improve the trout fishery at Ashurst Lake.

Boating - Non-Motorized

Rowboats, rafts, canoes, kayaks, windsurfers use Ashurst Lake. Boat motors are limited to 10 horsepower.



Camping trailer: At two camprounds
Picnic tables: At the campgrounds
Tent camping: At two camprounds
Toilets: At the campgrounds
Fee charged for some activities: At the campgrounds
Drinking water: At the campgrounds

Related Information

Recreation Areas

Recreation Activities


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