Created as an irrigation reservoir by damming the Little Colorado River, Lyman Lake State Park is a 1,200-acre park that encompasses the shoreline of a 1,500-acre reservoir at an elevation of 6,000 feet. It is fed by snowmelt 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 extending into New Mexico. Note: There are no boat rentals at this park. 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 area (5 mph). This allows the angler a chance at a variety of fish without the proximity of speedboats and water-skiers. The fishery consists of walleye, channel catfish and largemouth bass. The large remainder of the lake is open for all other types of water sports. Lyman Lake really comes into its own during the spring, summer, and fall. Summer days, with temperature highs in the 80's to low 90's, are perfect for fishing, swimming, leisure boating, water-skiing, hiking or just plain relaxing.

hiking
2 months ago

Cool little trail with great views of Lyman Lake. Lots of uphill with rock-made steps to get your heart beating, well-worn and obvious path. Take the quick side trail down and back to a camping-parking lot, in order to make it a full 2.4 miles approx. my drawing of the trail is totally approximate. See the actual park map in the photos. Trailhead is immediately on the right at the entrance to the park. If you park there, and hike the trail, go to the self-pay box at the camping lot to pay $3 day fee. If you’re actually using the lake and drive in, itks $7 per car. Inside the park are a couple of .5 mile trails including one with pretty cool petroglyphs.

hiking
Sunday, March 13, 2016