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Blue Ridge Reservoir - CC Cragin, AZ

AZ > Payson > Clints Well
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Trailhead Elevation 6,824 feet
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Rock Crossing Trail #18
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ECC-Horse Crossing-Blue Ridge Loop
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Author joebartels
author avatar Guides 241
Routes 830
Photos 11,703
Trips 4,576 map ( 23,158 miles )
Age 50 Male Gender
Location Phoenix, AZ
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Preferred   Sep, Jun, Aug, Jul
Sun  5:42am - 7:18pm
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Mogollon Rim Campgrounds ( map )
Blue Ridge Campground
Moqui Group Campground
Rock Crossing Campground

In addition to the above designated sites dispersed camping is permitted around the lake. Please read and follow the guidelines. Do not cross any private land, which is typically well marked in the area.

Hike, Kayak, etc
While this page is listed as kayaking you may post a triplog and change the mode of travel to suit. Hiking down to the backside of the dam for instance is a nice little hike.

The following hikes are not marked well if at all. They are short enough most can find their way. Take a GPS or our GPS App to find your way back if concerned.
Rock Crossing Trail #18A
Rock Crossing Trail #18B
Rock Crossing Trail #18C

History - 1963
The 190 foot high dam is a thin-arch double-curvature dam. It is the thinnest for it's height. The arch is 14 feet at the bottom and 6 feet wide at the top. The dam is 160 feet wide at the bottom and fans out to 460 feet at the top.

Morrison Knudsen Construction spear headed the $6 million project for Phelps Dodge Corp. Concrete for the dam first poured on July 23rd and is expected complete on Dec 20th.

A tunnel with a 30 foot drop over 8 miles through the Mogollon Rim will provide gravity flow into the East Verde River. The 44,000 foot tunnel is expected to be completed in Feb 1965. A one of it's kind 80 inch diameter and 32 foot long boring machine is used. It thrust 600,000 lbs forward and a million pounds against the walls.

100 feet of water in the lake is required to push through the 18 inch pipe. Better fishing is anticipated.

History - 1967
This is the lake that copper built. Phelps Dodge Corporation needed water for the Morenci Mine. The Salt River Project had rights to the nearby Black River. So Phelps built the Ridge Dam where it owned water rights. They diverted East Clear Creek flow from the Colorado River to the East Verde for Valley use in exchange for Black River water.

History - 2011
The reservoir is set to lose it's beloved cool pine forest name. Check out the HAZ Forum topic.

VV Mystery
The tangled VV web

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  • Blue Ridge FS Overview Map
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    Blue Ridge FS Overview Map
WARNING! Hiking and outdoor related sports can be dangerous. Be responsible and prepare for the trip. Study the area you are entering and plan accordingly. Dress for the current and unexpected weather changes. Take plenty of water. Never go alone. Make an itinerary with your plan(s), route(s), destination(s) and expected return time. Give your itinerary to trusted family and/or friends.

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Map Drive

To kayak trip
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.
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