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Boating On Lyman Lake In Arizona

By AA-Boats & Boating Staff Writers

Lyman Lake, Arizona

Free Public Boating & Water Sport Activities

Lyman Lake is a stunning reservoir located in the northeastern part of Arizona, nestled amidst the picturesque Painted Desert. Situated within Lyman Lake State Park, this serene water body offers a tranquil escape for visitors seeking outdoor adventures and relaxation.

Boating is popular at Lyman Lake, allowing visitors to explore its calm waters and take in the breathtaking views of the surrounding landscape. Whether you prefer paddling a kayak, cruising in a motorboat, or sailing, the lake provides a peaceful environment for boating enthusiasts of all kinds.

Camping opportunities abound around Lyman Lake, making it an ideal destination for overnight stays. The state park features several campgrounds, offering a range of facilities and amenities, from full hookups to primitive sites. Camping under the starlit skies and surrounded by the natural beauty of the area is a highlight for many visitors.

Near Lyman Lake visitors can explore the city of St. Johns, located approximately 10 miles to the north. St. Johns is a charming small town with a rich history, featuring well-preserved historic buildings and the Apache County Historical Society Museum. Visitors can immerse themselves in the area's pioneer past and learn about the local culture. For outdoor enthusiasts, Lyman Lake State Park itself offers opportunities for fishing, boating, and camping, making it a perfect destination for nature lovers. The Petrified Forest National Park, located about 40 miles to the northwest, presents a unique landscape of ancient petrified wood and fascinating geological formations.

The best time to visit Lyman Lake for outdoor activities, including boating, water sports, and camping, is during the spring, summer, and early fall. The warm and pleasant weather allows for enjoyable experiences, and the lake comes alive with visitors seeking respite from the desert heat.

Lyman Lake provides a convenient boat launch ramp, ensuring easy access for boaters and water enthusiasts. These ramps facilitate hassle-free launching of watercraft, allowing visitors to get on the water quickly and start their adventures without delay.

Fishing is another popular attraction at Lyman Lake, with anglers looking to catch a variety of fish species, including bass, catfish, and sunfish. The lake's stocked fish population and serene environment make it an inviting spot for fishing enthusiasts of all skill levels.

Lyman Lake in Arizona offers a perfect combination of boating, water sports, camping, and fishing in a breathtaking natural setting. Whether it's gliding across the waters on a boat, indulging in exhilarating water sports, camping under the stars, or casting a line to catch a prized fish, Lyman Lake promises a memorable and fulfilling experience for all who visit this hidden gem in the Painted Desert.

Boating, camping and fishing.

The largest of the boating and fishing lakes on the White Mountain Apache Indian Reservation, Lyman Lake is a 1,500-acre reservoir, 15 miles north of Springerville, AZ. The lake has no limit on boat motors. Canoes, kayaks, and other non-motorized watercraft are also excellent choices for fishing here. The southwest side of the lake has several roads leading to areas where anglers can fish from shore. Bass, catfish and walleye are the main attraction, and provide fishing opportunities for anglers of varying experience levels. The lake also offers sunfish for beginners.

Area Amenities

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


Lyman Lake State Park Campground - 928 337-4441

Lyman Lake Map


Fish species found in Lyman Lake include largemouth bass, channel catfish, walleye, bluegill and green sunfish.

Largemouth bass Channel catfish Walleye Bluegill Sunfish

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Local Contact Information

Lyman Lake State Park
P.O. Box 1428
St. Johns, AZ 85936
928 337-4441

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