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Thursday, June 6, 2013

Blue Ridge Reservoir

Good evening all!
We completed our last trip to a lesser explored AZ lake named Blue ridge Reservoir. We stayed at rock crossing campgrounds,about 2.5 miles from the lake. It was a quiet,well maintained,clean site. The hosts were very polite and happy to see us. We chose site 18 which was actually a triple site but they only charge for it as if it was a double. Nice! The site has 2 large cement tables,a large metal fire ring and 3 marked places to set up tents. The trees were a little thinner,coverage wise, than we expected but still it was enough to provide a fair amount of shade for the tents. The vault toilets were cleaner than any I have seen before, and they hid the doo doo smell with cinnamon air fresheners...pleasant right?? Any way, After the first day of setting up camp,relaxing,and letting the kids run amok,We ventured off to the lake. The dirt road down to the  lake was fair enough that a car could probably make it without much trouble. That being said, if you are driving a car just stop at the main parking area. (which also has a boat ramp!) Best you don't go much farther. Now, truck owners listen up...bypass that parking area!! Keep driving along the same road...keep going...keep going...little more...aaanndd bingo! You are at the dam! This was the best place to go in my humble opinion. Hike down the trail about 1/4 mile to the water,and just drop a line. We had bluegill biting like they haven't eaten a thing in their little fishy lives! Every cast brought up another! Granted they were not keepers by any stretch,but for the kids,and their attention spans you cant get any better! (little side note, yes,snakes can indeed swim and they do hangout in these waters) So in an effort to not get too long winded here, I would recommend this place to anyone looking for a quiet, not so populated alternative to places like woods canyon lake and fools hollow.So get your gear,grab the kids and hit the woods!! Outdoor revival is waiting,go get it! http://www.fs.usda.gov/recarea/coconino/recarea/?recid=54898 heres the link! pic courtesy of the coconino forest service

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