Blue Ridge Reservoir Kayaking
Located at a 6,700 foot elevation on the Mogollon Rim in northeast Arizona, this gorgeous and winding reservoir surrounded by pines and canyons looks straight out of the Pacific Northwest. The scenic views are a perfect background for kayakers of all levels, and this reservoir is incredibly beginner friendly. The only craft allowed on the water are canoes, kayaks, and low power motors (10 horsepower and below) so the water stays cool and calm even on busy weekends.
Speaking of busy weekends, that tends to be when the reservoir fills up with boaters and fishermen, so we’d suggest taking a trip up during the week if possible— or at least just getting up early to beat any crowd. If you’re looking for an extended trip, Rock Crossing Campground is a well-maintained campground with facilities about two miles from the reservoir’s boat ramp, dispersed camping is allowed alongside nearby forest roads, and the more daring can take their gear onto a boat and scoop out for a camping spot along the shore.