Mogollon Rim

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March 18th, 2009

MOGOLLON RIM LAKES
RIM LAKES: The runoff season is underway. With the warmer weather, ice is starting to diminish on the lakes. All ice should be considered unstable. Snow is still creating an access issue at most Rim lakes. The gates on Interior roads are still closed. Access is by snowmobile only, but in some places, snow is patchy even though there are still lots of huge drifts. Contact the US Forest Service’s Black Mesa Ranger District office at (928) 535-7300 for up-to-date information about forest and road conditions.

CHEVELON LAKE — The lake is accessible from the north (Winslow) via four-wheel-drive on a muddy road. Fishing is fair to good. Anglers are catching trout on lures. The lake is open. The lake is full and spilling.  Forest roads from the south are closed. Forest road 169 north is open to Forest road 169B and Forest road 169B to the lake is muddy with some snow pack so 4-wheel-drive vehicles are needed to get to the lake. The lake is open to electric trolling motors and /or up to 10 hp. gas motors.

This is hike-in, steep sided canyon lake with limited shoreline access that is best fished from a float tube or other floating device.

BEAR CANYON LAKE — The lake is ice-covered. Check ice thickness before venturing out on the lake.  The lake is inaccessible by motor vehicle, except snowmobiles.  Forest Road 300 is closed.

BLACK CANYON LAKE — The lake is ice-covered. Check ice thickness before venturing out on the lake. The lake is inaccessible by vehicle, except for snowmobiles.  Forest Road 300 is closed.
BLUE RIDGE – Not accessible, but the lake is full and spilling.

WILLOW SPRINGS LAKE — The lake is ice-covered. Check ice thickness before venturing out on the lake. The lake is inaccessible by vehicle, except for snowmobiles.  Forest Road 149 is closed.

WOODS CANYON LAKE — The lake is ice-covered. Check ice thickness before venturing out on the lake.  The lake is inaccessible by vehicle, except for snowmobiles.  Forest Road 300 is closed. The store is still closed for winter.

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