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Soldier, Soldier Annex and Long Lakes

Basics
Location:
68 miles south of Flagstaff
Elevation:
7000 feet

Description

If the fish aren't biting in one of these lakes, you can always try another. Not only will you be helping your chances by changing location, but each of these bodies of water is known for producing a different species of fish. The three shallow lakes in this group serve forest visitors as places to set up a primitive camp and go fishing. Soldier's Lake provides good fishing for bass and catfish. Soldier's Annex Lake is better known for its catfish, although blue gill can also be caught here. Long Lake is the only one of the three that is stocked with trout.

Many forest visitors come here to set up primitive camps and enjoy other forest activities besides fishing, such as off highway vehicle riding and wildlife watching. The lakes are located in an area of open grasslands dotted with pinyon and juniper trees.

The roads between Long Lake and the other two lakes are extremely rocky and require a high clearance vehicle. Camping is allowed, but there are no developed sites. Only electric motors are allowed on the lake.

Fishing

Fish:
Bass
Catfish
Bluegill

Details

Location:
68 miles south of Flagstaff
Elevation:
7000
Additional Details:
To get there:

Drive 48 miles south of Flagstaff on Forest Highway 3 (Lake Mary Road). Turn east (left) on FR 211. Follow FR 211 about 8 miles to FR 82 then turn north 12 miles to Long Lake. Or turn west (left) off AZ 87 on FR 211 about a quarter mile north of the Blue Ridge Ranger Station. It's about 3.5 miles to the FR 82 intersection and then 12 miles to the lake.

Amenities

Water Features
  • No Facilities
Water Activities
  • Fishing

Map + Directions

Basic Directions
Drive 48 miles south of Flagstaff on Forest Highway 3 (Lake Mary Road). Turn east (left) on FR 211. Follow FR 211 about 8 miles to FR 82 then turn north 12 miles to Long Lake. Or turn west (left) off AZ 87 on FR 211 about a quarter mile north of the Blue Ridge Ranger Station. It's about 3.5 miles to the FR 82 intersection and then 12 miles to the lake.

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