Frye Mesa Reservoir Lakes

Area Status: Open
This area is Open

When high-elevation Riggs Flat Lake atop the Pinaleños is snowed in and covered with ice, trout anglers who come to the Safford District can still find a place to fish at Frye Mesa Reservoir. Lower winter temperatures and longer winter nights cool the waters of this small body of water surrounded by Sonoran Desert sufficiently, so that the Arizona Game and Fish Department can stock it with rainbow trout. About a half-mile beyond the reservoir, at the end of FR 103, the Frye Canyon Trail #36 heads out toward the upper slopes of the mountain. If the fish aren’t biting, you can always take a hike.

At a Glance

Area Amenities: Tent camping
Open Season: Year round
Usage: Light
Restrictions: A valid Arizona fishing license and trout stamp (available at outdoor stores around the state) is required for all anglers 14 years of age and older. Six trout is the daily bag limit and the possession limit. Using live bait fish is prohibited.
Closest Towns: Southeast of Thatcher.
Water: None, guests need to pack in their own
Restroom: None
Operated By: Safford Ranger District Recreation Staff
Information Center: Safford Ranger District (928) 428-4150

General Information

Directions: Drive northwest from Safford to Thatcher on U.S. Hwy 70. Turn left, (south) on Stadium Street and follow it to Forest Road 103.  Drive about 10 miles on FR 103 to Frye Mesa Reservoir.  This road is very rough in spots and requires a high clearance type 2-wheel drive vehicle.

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5,000 feet