Forest Lakes is an unincorporated community in the Coconino County area of Arizona. It’s situated on the edge of the Mogollon Rim, and is near several lakes in the Apache-Sitgreaves National Forest. The town of Forest Lakes offers a variety of recreational activities and attractions. There’s a golf course, a hiking trail, and other amenities for visitors. There are also several lakes for swimming, fishing, and other water sports.
Forest Lakes Lodge
Forest Lakes Lodge, a family owned and operated resort, is located on the scenic Forest Lake in the Indian Lake Chain. The chain of lakes is known for its calm waters and has over 175 miles of shoreline. The lakes also feature musky weed beds, flooded bays with tree tops and logs, gravel bars and plenty of depth.
You can spend the day fishing for trout and hiking among cool pines just 15 minutes from the lodge. This resort is about 60 miles northeast of Phoenix and close to the Apache-Sitgreaves National Forest. The rooms are furnished with two double beds, a microwave oven, and heating.
Forest Lakes Golf Club
For those who love to play golf, the Forest Lakes Golf Club is a great option. It will feature a nine-hole course with a par of 36 and was designed by Tom Jackson. The course also includes a driving range and putting greens. The course is open to the public, so you can play at anytime of the day.
The course is located on Moorman Drive in Tifton, Georgia. It is open from 8 a.m. to dusk, seven days a week. Public golfers can play nine holes for $12 on weekdays and 18 holes for $20 on weekends. ABAC students, staff and senior citizens over 60 are also eligible for discounted rates. Memberships are also available.
Forest Lakes Trail System
The Forest Lakes Trail System is an independent 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation. Its first board of directors was elected in 2016. This organization is dedicated to maintaining and developing the trails in the area. The Forest Lakes Trail System offers a variety of recreational opportunities to the public. It offers hiking, mountain biking, and snowshoeing trails.
The Forest Lakes Trail begins by crossing a small bridge over a creek and heading into the pine forest. From here, the trail has broad switchbacks and a long, steady climb. At one point, the trail crosses a cascading waterfall, which is especially spectacular in early summer. The trail then continues through the forest, turning north.
Apache-Sitgreaves National Forest
The Apache-Sitgreaves National Forest is home to over 411 species of fish, more than 450 miles of streams, and 2,000 surface acres of cold-water lake habitat. The forest has been rated one of the best fishing forests in the National Forest System. There is a great opportunity to catch a variety of species, including the endangered Arctic Grayling.
The Apache-Sitgreaves National Forests contain eight notable cold-water lakes. There are more than six hundred miles of rivers and streams in the area, including the headwaters of the Black, Little Colorado, and San Francisco rivers.