C.C. Cragin (Blue Ridge) Reservoir

This narrow, winding body of water looks more like a canyon-bound river than a lake. Nestled between forested canyon walls it provides picturesque water recreation in a secluded, wooded setting.

If fishing is your cup of tea, you can catch rainbow, brown or brook trout here, stocked by the Arizona Game and Fish Department. If your taste runs to other types of recreation, the sightseeing, wildlife watching, hiking, and mountain biking here in the canyon-carved uplands of the Mogollon Plateau will make you glad you chose to visit this out of the way lake. 

C.C. Cragin Reservoir is often referred to by its original name of Blue Ridge Reservoir. 

Facilities

  • Boat ramp
  • Vault toilets
  • Parking for vehicles and trailers
  • Camping at Rock Crossing Campground, four miles from the boat ramp at the top of the canyon

Notes

  • Swimming: The reservoir is in a steep-sided, rocky canyon. There are no beaches or other suitable places to swim. This lake is primarily used for boating and fishing. 

Restrictions

  • Boats are restricted to a single electric motor or a single gasoline engine 10 horsepower or less.
  • No vehicles over 22 feet long on FR 751 in restricted area southeast of Rock Crossing Campground.
  • No vehicles with trailers in excess of 50 feet overall in restricted area.
  • No parking except in designated parking spaces on FR 751 in restricted area.
  • No swimming within 50 feet of a boat ramp or dock.

How to get there

Drive 55 miles south of Flagstaff to Clints Well on Forest Highway 3 (Lake Mary Road). Turn northeast (left) about 4 miles on AZ 87 to FR 751 then southeast about 6 more miles to the reservoir. All roads are paved except FR 751 which is graveled and suitable for passenger cars in most weather. In wintertime, FR 751 is closed and the reservoir is not accessible.
C.C. Cragin Reservoir map
C.C. Cragin Reservoir map

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