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Pumphouse Greenway / Kachina Wetlands
Pumphouse Greenway and Kachina Wetlands offer a unique, wetland-wildlife watching opportunity in an easy-to-access, urban setting near Flagstaff. Pumphouse Greenway is a rare, high-elevation wet meadow, where spring-fed sheet flows of water lead to a meandering stream through Pumphouse Wash. Pa...
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Upper and Lower Lake Mary
Description: Surrounded by ponderosa pine, Upper and Lower Lake Mary were developed to provide drinking water to nearby Flagstaff. Upper Lake Mary is popular with powerboats and water skiers, while Lower Lake Mary offers a picnic area handy to enjoy lunch, sitting and observing wildlife, or watching anglers try their luck.

Wildlife to Watch: Visitors can see many different species of waterfowl and shorebirds in and around the lake as well as mule deer, elk, cliff chipmunk, mantled ground squirrel, and Abert’s squirrel along the trails. Bald eagles are frequently observed around the lake, particularly during the winter months. In recent years, a pair of breeding bald eagles has set up residence in the area. Other breeding birds of prey in the area include osprey and red-tailed hawk. An excellent spot to view breeding osprey is from the Osprey Overlook pullout along Forest Highway 3 adjacent to Upper Lake Mary. During migration, shorebirds, gulls, and terns also use the lake when water levels are appropriate. Occasionally visitors may encounter small reptiles or amphibians such as Arizona treefrog, Arizona toad, tiger salamander, many-lined skink, plateau lizard, terrestrial gartersnake, gophersnake, and even an Arizona black rattlesnake.

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Other Activities: Several short, easy trails lead from the picnic area to the edge of the lake. Sandy’s Canyon trail, a 1-mile section of easy trail that joins with the Arizona Trail, is about 2 miles west of the Lower Lake Mary picnic area.

Ownership: USDA Forest Service 
Size: N/A 
Closest Town: Flagstaff

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Tiger Salamander - photo by USFWS
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Driving Directions:
From Flagstaff, travel southeast on Forest Highway 3 (FH 3, also know as Lake Mary Road) for 8 miles past mile marker 338. Lower Lake Mary picnic area will be on the right and is marked with a sign. Typically during the winter months the gate to access the picnic area will be closed.

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Upper and Lower Lake Mary : Wildlife Viewing Area