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Becker Lake

Apache County, Arizona

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Apache County, AZ - Becker Lake is managed as a trophy trout lake. Located near Springerville, it also includes the 622-acre (252 ha) Becker Wildlife Area, where wintering bald eagles can be spotted most years in nearby cottonwood trees. Built around the year 1880, Becker Lake is one of the oldest reservoirs in the White Mountains. The Arizona Game and Fish Department acquired the lake and property around it in 1973. The lake is located at 6,910 feet (2,110 m).

Becker Lake has 107 acres (43 ha) with a maximum depth of 21 feet (6.4 m) and an average depth of 10 feet (3.0 m). It is located on a diversion of the Little Colorado River. The Department owns water rights in the lake, so water levels can be maintained. The lake is stocked with sub-catchable rainbow trout twice a year and many of these fish survive the winter, reaching a good size the following spring. The lake also contains native Little Colorado suckers and illegally introduced green sunfish.

If your up at Becker Lake you can expect to catch brown and rainbow trout. The fish there get big because of the bag limits set along with the limitations on bait. Fly fishermen have excellent luck with Nymphs and midges. The best months to go the Becker Lake are April, May and September.

The lake has a boat ramp, dirt parking and barrier-free restroom. The Department has developed two hiking trails through the Wildlife Area. Fish species include Rainbow & Brown Trout.

Becker Lake is two miles northwest of Springerville off US 60.

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