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Crescent Lake
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Location Apache County, Arizona
Coordinates 33°54′32.00″N 109°25′9.71″W / 33.9088889°N 109.4193639°W / 33.9088889; -109.4193639
Basin countries United States
Surface area 100 acres (40 ha)
Average depth 15 ft (4.6 m)
Surface elevation 9,040 ft (2,760 m)

Crescent Lake is located approximately 2 miles (3.2 km) north of Big Lake. The lake sits at just over 9,000 feet (2,700 m) elevation on the Apache-Sitgreaves National Forests, as such the facilities located here are managed by that authority. Access is restricted in the winter when roads are closed due to snow, generally December to early April.


Crescent Lake has 100 acres (40 ha), with an average depth of 10 feet (3.0 m). It's a highly productive lake, which allows trout to gain size quickly. However, the lake is shallow, which encourages weed growth and algae blooms, and makes it subject to late summer and winter fish kills. To manage the problem of winter kills, the Arizona Game and Fish stocks the lake with large numbers of catchable rainbow trout and brook trout each spring. In addition, the Arizona Game and Fish removes weeds annually with a floating weed mower.

Fish species

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