Riggs Flat Lake

Area Status: Open
This area is Open

Riggs Flat Lake

Riggs Flat Lake is located at the end of Swift Trail, a road that winds along the top of the Pinaleno Mountains. It is a small picturesque lake, 11 acres in size, set in alpine forest and meadow.

Its cold waters are stocked during the summer with rainbow, brown and brook trout, and anglers report that the fishing is usually good. Best baits for the rainbows are corn, cheese, garlic cheese, salmon eggs, and worms. The brown and brook trout are taken on artificial lures and flies as well. Small boats are permitted on the lake, but most people fish from the shoreline.

If the big ones aren’t biting, there is always plenty of scenery to enjoy. In addition to the views of the lake and the surrounding forest, West Peak is visible from the vicinity of the lake. So are Aravaipa Valley and the Galiuro Mountains to the west if you don't mind taking a short hike to get to an overlook.

At a Glance

Area Amenities: Boat ramp,Fee charged for some activities,Picnic tables,Toilets,Parking
Fees Day use:  A Coronado National Forest or Interagency (America the Beautiful) pass must be displayed.  Day use passes can be purchased at the site for $8.  Learn more about permits and passes Campsites:  Single site: $20.  With Golden Age/Access or Interagency Senior/Access pass $10.  Group site: $50 plus $10 per vehicle. Payable with cash or check. For visitors who do not want to use facilities, there is a small fee-free parking area outside of the campground.
Open Season: April 15 - November 14
Usage: Medium-Heavy
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 limit and the possession limit. Using live bait fish is prohibited. Fishing season is May to October, day and night. Boats are permitted on the lake, but only single electric motors may be used.
Closest Towns: Nearest first aid - Mt. Graham Community Hospital in Safford.
Water: Drinking water is available
Restroom: Yes
Operated By: Safford Ranger District
Information Center: Safford Ranger District (928) 428-4150

General Information

Directions: From Safford, drive south 8 miles on US 191 to AZ 366.  Turn right (southwest) onto 366 and drive 29 miles to the Columbine Work Center.   Continue along Forest Roads 803 and 287 about 5 miles to the campground.  The last 12 miles of this road are narrow and winding. 

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Picnic tables Yes
Toilets Yes
Parking Yes
Boat ramp Yes
Fee charged for some activities Yes
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8,600 feet