|Stoneman Lake, Arizona. Forest Service Map.|
Mormon Lake Ranger District in Coconino County, Arizona.
|Stoneman Lake, Arizona. Photo Taken: September 01, 2009.|
Dried Up After A Very Dry Summer.
Stoneman Lake is small and shallow, natural lake, with an average surface area of less than 100 acres and depth of less than 10 feet. It is thought that Stoneman Lake is the remains of either a volcanic crater or a deep, collapsed sinkhole. The available evidence exists to support both conclusions. The sinkhole conclusion is the strongest.
A Google Earth Map search marks the center of the deepest part of Stoneman Lake at about 34o 46' 50.38" N 111o 31' 13.48" W. Elevation about 6,720 feet.
Its shallow depth including intermittent drying up from local rainfall and snowmelt fluctuations make the availability of fish in Stoneman Lake unreliable. However, in wet years Northern Pike and Yellow Perch are stocked in the lake. The state record for yellow perch was caught here in 1984. Recreational activities are generally limited to boating, wildlife viewing, and camping.
Stoneman Lake is surrounded by Gambel oak and ponderosa pine covered basalt slopes. It is also an excellent place to bird watch during the yearly waterfowl migrations, or all summer long for various songbirds.
There is a gravel parking lot and boat ramp located at the day use area on the lake's northern shore. Picnic tables at shaded sites nearby provide good places to rest. There are toilets. The last 4 miles of road into the lake are not suitable for passenger cars in wet weather.
No camping is permitted at the day-use area. The nearest camping is available to the north at Mormon Lake and to the south at Beaver Creek. Only electric motors are allowed on the lake.
How to get there:
Drive 36 miles south of Flagstaff on I-17, and take the Stoneman Lake Exit. Turn back under the highway and follow FR 213 about 8.5 miles to FR 213A. Turn north (left) on FR 665 then right immediately on FR 213A and drive 0.5 miles to the day-use area.
More information Contact: Red Rock Ranger District, P.O. Box 20249, Sedona AZ 86341, (928) 282-4119
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