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Because of its size, Lyman Lake is one of the few bodies of water in northeastern Arizona with no size restrictions on boats. The west end of the lake is buoyed off and restricted as a no wake (5 mph) limit area. This allows the angler a chance at a variety of fish without being bothered by speed boats and water-skiers. The fishing consists of Trout, Walleye, Channel Catfish, Crappie, and Largemouth Bass. The large remainder of the lake is open for all other types of water sports. Welcome to Lyman Lake State Park, the first recreational state park in Arizona. This 1,180 acre park encompasses the shoreline of a 1,500 acre reservoir. Lyman Lake is at an elevation of 6,000 feet and was created as an irrigation reservoir by damming the Little Colorado River in 1915. The lake is fed by melted snow from the slopes of Mount Baldy and Escudilla Mountain, the second and third highest mountains in Arizona. Water is channeled into this river valley from a 790 square mile watershed which extends into New Mexico.
Lyman Lake really comes into its own during the spring, summer, and fall. Summer days, with high temperatures in the 80s to low 90s are perfect for fishing, swimming, leisure boating, water-skiing, rock-hounding, hiking, or just plain relaxing. Special programs are scheduled throughout the spring and summer months.
Regional points of interest include: Petrified Forest National Park, just 55 miles to the north; the White Mountains, which begin just 25 miles to the south; and the Sunrise ski area, only 42 miles to the south. A small herd of buffalo, owned by the St. Johns Chamber of Commerce, is located at the entrance to Lyman Lake State Park.

There are 25 hookup sites with cabana-type shelters, 40 developed camp sites, a reservable group camping area with an all-weather building, a large day use/picnic area with shade ramadas, and a reservable group-use ramada. A few primitive camp sites located across the lake are accessible only by boat. Also available are: paved boat ramps, dump station, rest rooms and showers, horseshoe pits, and a volleyball court. There are several pleasant, short hiking trails within the park.

Enjoy Lyman Lake's beauty and facilities year-round.
Please help us to preserve them.

More information is available at

Arizona State Parks 1300 W. Washington Phoenix, AZ 85007 (602) 542-4174