“White Mountains Area Activities Guide” is just a sampling of the numerous nearby outdoor recreational opportunities available to property owners at Elk Valley Ranch. For more information visit our St. Johns Office.
A-1 Lake: 24 acres. Elev. 8,900 ft. 22 miles east of Pinetop off AZ 260. This scenic lake is great for Rainbow and Brook trout. Open mid-May to mid-September.
Becker Lake: 85 acres. Elev. 6,900 ft. Two miles northwest of Springerville, off U. S. 60. The lake is known for large Rainbow and Brown trout. The season runs from the first Friday in April to Nov. 30.
Big Lake: 400 acres. Elev. 9,000 ft. 19 miles southwest of Eager using Arizona 260 and U.S. 273 either approaching from the east near Eagar or the west near Sunrise Resort. It is stocked each spring and fall with more than 30,000 trout. Rainbow is the best yield with good catches of Brook and Cutthroat trout. Open May to November with snowmobile access in winter.
Bunch Reservoirs: 44 acres. Elev, 8,200 ft. One mile north of Greer. Rainbow and Brown trout are the main catches. Early spring fishing is best, after ice and snow thaw.
Concho Lake: 60 acres. Elev., 6,300 ft. Ten miles west of St. Johns off Arizona 61. Use your favorite bait or lure for the Rainbow, Cutthroat, and Brook trout here. Other fish species include Largemouth Bass and Sunfish.
Crescent Lake: 130 acres, Elev. 8,900 ft. 41 miles southeast of Pinetop using Arizona 260 and 273. Known for its Brook and Rainbow trout.
Hawley Lake: 300 acres. Elev. 8,200 ft. Take Highway 260 east on Route 473. One of the highest lakes in the state, Hawley is located on the White Mountain Apache Indian Reservation and a daily fishing permit is required. Rainbow, Cutthroat, Brown and Brook trout are all found here.
Horseshoe Cienega Lake: 121 acres. Elev. 8,100 ft. 18 miles east of Pinetop off Arizona 260. The lake is visible from the highway. One of the most popular reservation fishing lakes it has given up the state record for Brown trout at 16 lbs. 7 oz. Stocked with large Rainbow-Apache hybrids, Rainbow, Browns, and Apache trout. Year round fishing. Open May to September.
Lee Valley Lake: 45 acres. Elev. 9,400 ft. One-half mile west of Arizona 273, about halfway between Sunrise and Big Lake. The main attraction here is Arctic Grayling and Apache trout. Special regulations apply.
Luna Lake: 120 acres. Elev. 7,900 ft. Three miles southeast of Alpine, off U.S. 180. Rainbow, Cut-throat, and Brook trout fill up the nets here. Popular ice fishing. Year round Season.
Lyman Lake State Park: 1400 acres. Elev. 6,000 ft. 8 miles south of St. Johns, off U.S. 191. Anglers may come up with almost anything on their line at this large lake: Rainbow, Channel Catfish, Crappie, Largemouth Bass, Walleye, Bluegill and Sunfish, to name a few. Lyman Lake State Park is a real “family” place, lots of facilities for everyone!
Nelson Reservoir: 100 acres. Elev. 7,400 ft. Five miles south of Nutrioso, off U.S. 191. Easy access from the highway. Home to Rainbow, Cutthroat, Brook and Brown trout. Fishing access for people with disabilities. Open spring, summer and fall.
Rainbow Lake: 80 acres. Elev. 6,800 ft. One block south of Arizona 260, using either Rainbow Lake Road or Lake View Road. Shore fishing off the north or west ends, popular for Rainbow & Brown trout, Largemouth Bass, Sunfish, Catfish and Bluegill. During the winter, bald eagles are common around the lake.
Reservation Lake: 280 acres. Elev. 9,000 ft. 19 miles south of Arizona 260 using Arizona 273 and FS 116. Rainbow, Brook, and Brown trout abound in this beautiful mountain lake. Open April to November.
River Reservoir: 120 acres. Elev. 8,200 ft. One mile north of Greer, off FS 245. One of the three Greer lakes, has a lot of big Browns, also Rainbow trout.
Sunrise Lake: 900 acres. Elev. 9,100 ft. 30 miles east of Pinetop using Arizona 260 and 273. One of the largest and best trout lakes in the area with fish growing into the 15-20-inch range. Large Graylings.
Tonto Lake: 82 acres. Elev. 7,800 ft., 33 miles south-east of Fort Apache using Y70 and Y40 or access from Pacheta Lake using Y40. Fast-growing Rainbow and Apache trout. Check White Mountain Apache Game and Fish for special regulations.
Also in the vacinity are Ackre Lake, Bills Lakes at Cedar Valley, Bog Tank, Bootleg, Chevelon Canyon, Christmas Tree, Cooley, Cyclone, Drift Fence, Earl Park, Fool Hollow, Fred’s Lakes; George’s Basin, The Greer Lakes (Bunch, River and Tunnel), Hulsey, Hurricane, Little Mormon Lakes, McNary Millponds, Meadow, Mexican Hay Lakes, Nash Tank, Pacheta Lake, Scott’s Reservoir, Show Low, Sierra Blanca Lakes, Shush Be Tou (The name is Apache for “Big Bear Lake.”), Shush Be Zahze (“Little Bear Lake.”), Tunnel Reservoir, Whipple, Willow Springs, Woodland and Woods Canyon Lakes.
Skiing: Sunrise, Arizona’s premier skiing resort and a regional standout. 3 mountains, 7 lifts, over 60 trails. Lodge, restaurant, bar, rentals, repairs, instruction, more. This complex has it all, gets better every year and features the first, last and best snow in the state.
Wildlife: The White Mountains region is a hunters’ / photographers’ / birdwatchers’ paradise! We won’t even attempt to list songbirds, shorebirds and waterfowl – over 150 species are regular visitors.
Big Game: Elk, Deer, Antelope, Turkey, Bear, Mountain Lion, Javelina.
Small Game: Squirrel, Rabbit, Dove, Quail.
Predators & Furbearers: Bobcat, Coyote, Fox, Badger, Raccoon, Ringtail Cat, Beaver.
Rare & Endangered: Southern Bald Eagle. American Peregrin Falcon, Owl.
Game Fish: Trout, Pike, Bass, Catfish, Bullhead, Sunfish, Bluegill, Walleye.
Note: Every effort has been made to provide accurate information. If you are interested in a particular destination it is recommended that you acquire specific map and area information. Forest and road conditions can change due to weather conditions, construction etc. The US Forest Service and the US Geological Survey have detailed maps available.