Wednesday, October 14, 2020

Fishing in Arizona?

 Apache Junction, AZ   High 101  Low 72

We had a specific reason for our stop in St. John's, AZ. We wanted to check out campgrounds in that area and we really wanted to check out Lyman Lake. According to a report I read there is some pretty good walleye fishing in that lake. Jim and I are thinking of maybe staying in Arizona next summer but up in the high country where it's a little cooler than down here in the valley.

Created as an irrigation reservoir by damming the Little Colorado River, Lyman Lake State Park is a 1,200-acre park that encompasses the shoreline of a 1,500-acre reservoir at an elevation of 6,000 feet.

We camped at St. John's RV Park for $20/night. The park was okay with lots of trees for shade. It is mostly weeds and the concrete pads are all busted and are definitely a trip hazard for someone as clumsy as I am.

Their monthly rate is $300 plus electric. $100 of your rent goes toward the electric and you pay anything above that amount. Not a bad deal at all. 

The drive to Lyman Lake from St. John's is beautiful. 

Lyman Lake looks like a fantastic place to do some fishing. 

The campground area is really nice and I bet it is packed on week-ends during the summer. $33 per night for a full hook up site with a fourteen day stay limit. 

It was all I could do to keep Jim from finding a boat and getting out on the water. We can buy a week-day season pass for $75 which is perfect since he doesn't fish on week-ends with all the locals.

After checking out the lake we wanted to check out Springerville RV Park in Springerville, AZ. St. John's is north of the lake and Springerville is south. We really liked the park and I forgot to take any pictures. It is quite new and does not have any trees for shade, but the lots are a nice size with room for our Bungalow, the truck and the boat. The rate is $300 per month plus your electric. 

So we have options if this is what we decide we want to do next summer.

We then made the journey down the mountain into the valley. All we've done since we got back to AJ is doctor appointments. And we still have several to go. People are returning to the park but most activities have been cancelled. We are still staying pretty isolated. We are not living in fear of Corona Virus but we are being cautious. I wish things were different.


  1. Glad you have options for next summer. We checked out Show Low and Pinetop and really liked that area plus much cooler.

  2. It's good to research options before you need them. I'm glad you are finding some that would work for you.

    Yes to not living in fear but being cautious. And yes to wishing things were different. But life goes on and so do we. And I am grateful for that.

  3. You should research the Weather for those areas in the summer. If you are using less fuel to get to Montana that savings can go to the electric.
    Be Safe and Enjoy your explorations.

    It's about time.

  4. Cooler in a Arizona summer would be nice!

  5. Springerville is on the hot side in summer. Check out Greer, Pinetop - Lakeside or Show Low it is much cooler.
    Just my 2 cents worth. :)

  6. I also like to check out potential campgrounds when in an area.

  7. I am reading and catching up. I would say from your pictures and words you had a wonderful summer in Montana. Getting to spend time with family and fishing would be in Tom's book perfect. Add visiting Ghost Towns you have described his perfect summer. Looking at all your pictures the one that really caught my eye, 10/3, was of the clouds lying at the base of the mountains. I love to watch clouds and love when the just seem to lazily sit there. Sorry to read you lost a friend over the summer. Bragging about children is definitely a parents' right and what a great stencil on your mask and painting of Jim's fishing buddy. Take care and stay healthy.

  8. Sounds like so much fun ahead. Wish I was able to get around like yall. I was telling my friend about a dog I heard was available that I thought she might want. She said she couldn't have any more dogs because her trailer was already full. My Buddy would not be a good traveler but glad yours do.

  9. I'm glad you're still staying safe. These next few weeks are supposed to be the worst and I see folks getting too lax because they're getting bored with the pandemic.


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