| 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
Enjoy Lyman Lake's beauty and facilities year-round.
Please help us to preserve them.
More information is
Arizona State Parks 1300 W.
Washington Phoenix, AZ 85007 (602) 542-4174