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Blue Ridge Reservoir

Monday, May 19, 2008

We first heard of Blue Ridge Reservoir on Arizona Highway, the TV program Fall of 2007. Looks like a neat spot, so a quick search on internet points me to somewhere near Payson/Mogollon Rim region. When I asked around in our photo club, people mentioned it is a really neat place to visit, but it is not really accessible in Winter time, as the roads are usually not cleared in Winter time, and it is rough forest road.

There appears to be 2 ways to get to the lake. I chose the shorter route (less forest road driving): From Flagstaff, take south on Lake Mary Rd, turn left on 87 (Heading towards Winslow). Go about 5 miles, you'll see NF751, and a big sign for Blue Ridge Reservoir, turn right. Then another 4.5 miles, you will get to the parking lot, restroom, and a small boat ramp. If you continue on NF751, you can reach the Dam. You will need a high clearance vehicle, as the road gets pretty rough after the restroom facility. There were large boulders in the middle of the roads, and in some parts, only 1 car can get by. There is a turn around when you get to the end.

An inflatable and a lake, a nice way to spent time on a lazy afternoon. As you can see, the lake is situated in a canyon, there are only certain spots that you can launch your canoe, kayak. We did see small motorized fishing boats, but most people we saw were paddling.

A view of the lake from the Dam.

Other side of the Dam. The lake feeds into Salt River down stream.

Super nice camping spot!

Paddle jockeys on the lake. The place looks very scenic, and camp ground is available. There was a large campsite on the other side of the shore, it looks like most people launched their boats from that side. There were other camp sites near by, I see firepit, grill, and picnic table setup, along with restrooms, very nice setup.

Oh, and no gators like Florida lakes.....

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Anonymous said...

Blue Ridge feeds into east clear creek that may eventually feed into the salt


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