Concho Lake, at 6,300 feet elevation, is a popular fishing and birding site, harboring abundant waterfowl, resident, and migratory birds. Birding is the primary wildlife viewing activity from the lake shoreline or in surrounding vegetation.
Lyman Lake State Park
|Description: The 1200 acre park encompasses the shoreline of Lyman Lake, an irrigation reservoir created by damming the Little Colorado River. At 6000 elevation, Lyman Lake is nestled among several mesas and slopes covered with pinyon pine and juniper woodland, and is fed by snowmelt from the slopes of Mount Baldy and Escudilla Mountain, the second and third highest mountains in Arizona.|
Wildlife to Watch: Waterfowl congregate on the lake near the dam; a variety of migrating shorebirds can be found in flooded packets of grassy areas. Look for American wigeon, lesser scaup, common goldeneye, American kestrel, black-necked stilt, greater and lesser yellowlegs, marbled godwit, Bullock’s oriole, and greater roadrunner. Gulls and terns also use the lake during migration. From fall through spring, western and Clark’s grebe can be found on the lake, and Barrow’s goldeneye has been seen here. Common merganser, double-crested cormorant and a variety of ducks are more common. Several species of flycatchers and swallows are seen in picnic and camping areas during migration. Other birds include canyon and rock wrens, canyon towhee, common yellowthroat, Townsend’s solitaire, mountain bluebird, and pinyon jay. Mammals include pronghorn, cliff chipmunk, golden-mantled ground squirrel, Gunnison’s prairie dog, and rock squirrels. Reptiles and amphibians include terrestrial gartersnake, greater short-horned lizard, and Mexican spadefoot.
Other Activities: Three trails lead to petroglyph features in the park. Best wildlife viewing is from the lake or the shoreline.
Ownership: Arizona State Parks
Size: 1200 acres
Closest Town: St. Johns
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