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Boating On Big Lake In Arizona

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Big Lake, Arizona

Free Public Boating & Water Sport Activities

Big Lake is a picturesque reservoir located high in the White Mountains of eastern Arizona, approximately 27 miles south of Springerville. Nestled amidst the stunning pine forests, Big Lake offers a serene and scenic escape for outdoor enthusiasts seeking respite from the desert heat.

Boating is a favorite activity at Big Lake, drawing visitors to its cool, clear waters during the warmer months. The lake provides ample space for boating, whether it's sailing, kayaking, or simply cruising along the tranquil surface. Boaters can revel in the refreshing mountain air and enjoy the captivating views of the surrounding landscape.

Water sports are also popular at Big Lake, especially during the summer season when visitors can indulge in activities like water skiing, wakeboarding, and paddleboarding. The calm waters and idyllic setting make it an inviting destination for water sport enthusiasts of all ages.

Fishing is a major attraction at Big Lake, known particularly for its excellent trout fishing. The lake is stocked with rainbow, cutthroat, brook, and brown trout, making it a paradise for anglers. Fishing season typically begins in late spring and extends through early fall, providing ample opportunities to catch a variety of trout species.

Big Lake offers well-maintained boat launch ramps, providing easy access to the water for boaters and anglers alike. Whether you have your own boat or plan to rent one, the boat ramps ensure a smooth and convenient experience.

A marina directly on Big Lake offers boat rentals and other amenities. Visitors can find marinas and outfitters in the surrounding area, providing all the necessities for a day of boating or fishing on the lake.

Near Big Lake visitors can explore the charming town of Greer, which is located approximately 10 miles to the north. Greer is a picturesque mountain community surrounded by the White Mountains, offering a tranquil escape from the bustling city life. Visitors can enjoy fishing and kayaking on the Little Colorado River, which flows through the town, or explore the nearby forests through hiking and wildlife spotting. For those seeking a bit of history, the nearby town of Springerville showcases its heritage with historical buildings and the Casa Malpais Archaeological Park and Museum.

For those seeking an overnight adventure, Big Lake offers several campgrounds along its shoreline. From developed campsites with facilities to more primitive spots for a back-to-nature experience, campers can immerse themselves in the tranquility of the mountain landscape.

Big Lake in Arizona is a picturesque mountain retreat that offers boating, water sports, and excellent trout fishing opportunities. Surrounded by the scenic beauty of the White Mountains, the lake provides a serene and rejuvenating experience for outdoor enthusiasts and nature lovers. Whether it's boating on the calm waters, catching trout, or camping under the starlit sky, Big Lake is a true gem for those seeking an escape to nature's embrace.

Boating, camping and fishing.

Located in the beautiful, natural setting of the White Mountains, Big Lake is a 450-acre lake, 10 miles south of Greer, AZ. Fishing boats, kayaks and canoes are all good options for fishing here. A boat ramp is available for public use. There is a bait, tackle and convenience store at the lake which also offers boat rentals. This is the largest, and most productive, fishing lake in the area. It is also a popular camping area with varied amenities and activities. Lots of shoreline is accessible for fishing from the bank.

Area Amenities

Marina: NO
Boat Rental: YES
Boat Launch Ramp: YES
Campgrounds: YES
RV Hookups: YES
Lodging: NO
Convenience Store: YES
Bait & Tackle: YES
Restaurant: NEARBY


Grayling Campground - 928 333-4301

Cutthroat Campground - 928 735-7313

Apache Trout Campground - 928 537-8888

Brookchar Campground - 928 735-7313

Rainbow Campground - 928 537-8888

Big Lake Map


Fish species found in Big Lake include rainbow trout, cutthroat trout, brook trout and brown trout.

Rainbow trout Cutthroat trout Brook trout Brown trout

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Local Contact Information

Big Lake Arizona
Apache Trout Campground

Apache Sitgreaves National Forest
Springerville AZ 85938
928 537-8888

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