Blue Ridge Reservoir

Pine, Arizona (Coconino County)

Last Updated: 07/09/2021
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Highlight: Blue Ridge Reservoir
Large bodies of water in Arizona are rare and wonderful. Blue Ridge Reservoir sits high in the pine woodlands of the Coconino National forest in the deep canyon formed by East Clear Creek. A few years ago the lake was renamed C.C. Cragin reservoir when the management of the water rights changed hands. But the signage and all the locals still call it Blue Ridge. The trail leading into the reservoir is dotted with wonderful camping and hiking opportunities. But the lake is obviously the main draw. Anglers come to try their luck since the waters are regularly stocked with rainbow, brown and brook trout. Colorful canoes and kayaks ply the lakes cold water. Paddlers often see elk and deer watering on the shoreline. Beyond the boat ramp facilities, the road gets a little rougher and less traveled as it winds around the lake towards the dam that blocks East Clear Creek to form the deep narrow reservoir. At the end of the trail, a short walk along the lake leads to great views of the dam and its complex jigsaw puzzle spillway. Come for the lake views or maybe some fishing or paddling, even a campfire under starry skies. Blue Ridge has a lot to offer.
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