Forest Lakes, Arizona is located on top of the edge of the Mogollon Rim and located near many recreational lakes and streams within the Apache-Sitgreaves National Forest forest. It is about 40 minutes north and east of Payson, Arizona and 25 minutes west of Heber-Overgaard on the Payson-Heber highway (AZ 260). Forest Lakes sits at an elevation of 7,562 feet, giving it a cooler climate.
The seven rim area lakes that give Forest Lakes its name include:
- Black Canyon Lake
- Willow Springs Lake
- Woods Canyon Lake
- Bear Canyon Lake
- Chevelon Canyon Lake
- Knoll Lake
- C.C. Cragin/Blue Ridge Resevoir
These area lakes are all stocked through the summer with trout by the Arizona Game and Fish Department. The nearby streams are also stocked with trout, but contain populations of native brown trout. The surrounding Apache-Sitgreaves National Forest contains seemingly endless trails for hiking, biking, and ATVs.
Real Estate opportunities in Forest Lakes range from modest cabins in the woods to large expansive acreage with larger cabins. There is also land available. Forest Lakes is tucked into the largest stand of ponderosa pine trees in the world and the whole area is covered in towering pine trees. Because of its higher elevation, abundant recreational opportunities, cooler climate, and close proximity to Phoenix, Forest Lakes is a popular place for those looking to purchase a cabin for a summer getaway.
The town of Forest Lakes itself is primarily made up of residential cabins. There are a few RV Resorts, a lodge, 2 general Stores, and a restaurant. The nearest larger towns would be Heber-Overgaard to the east and Payson to the west.