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Luna Lake Wildlife Area
 
The Luna Lake Wildlife Area is nestled in the White Mountains, offering a cool, high-elevation escape from desert heat in summer. The area provides opportunities for the whole family, ranging from trout fishing and waterfowl hunting, to watching a resident pair of bald eagles raise their young, or just plain relaxing. In addition to the lake itself, the nearby wetlands and forests provide great opportunities to view wildlife for nature lovers of all ages.
 
Recreational Opportunities
Luna Lake Wildlife AreaThe Luna Lake Wildlife Area provides a wide array of recreational opportunities, including wildlife watching, hunting, trout fishing, hiking, and boating. This area provides the only quality resting, feeding, and nesting habitat for migratory and resident waterfowl in the upper San Francisco River Valley. Several thousand waterfowl use it during the early spring as a rest area during their migration north, providing fantastic bird-watching opportunities. Abundant waterfowl in the fall months provide recreational opportunity for waterfowl hunters. In addition to waterfowl and trout fishing, the uplands are managed for regular use by elk.

Camping: Luna Lake information on fees, seasonal availability, reservations, and amenities.

Boating: Boats, motors (eight horsepower limit), gas, oil, and tackle are available at a concession/general store. A boat launch is available. For more information about the park, contact the Alpine Forest Service office at (928) 339-4384.

Fishing: With great rainbow, cutthroat, and brook trout, and close proximity to Alpine, Luna Lake offers an excellent destination for weekend and vacationing fisherman. The lake is also known for ice fishing during winter freezes.

Hunting: Luna Lake is located in Game Management Unit 1.

Caution: Seasonal restrictions preventing access within the confines of the Luna Lake Wildlife Area have been implemented to safeguard nesting bald eagles and waterfowl. Contact the Alpine Forest Service office at (928) 339-4384 for more information.

Restrictions:
a. Posted portions closed to public entry from April 1 to July 31 annually.
b. Open to hunting in season, except closed to hunting from April 1 to July 31 annually.
 
Location
Luna Lake is located in Apache County, three miles east of Alpine.

Directions: Luna Lake is three miles east of Alpine on Highway 180.

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Wildlife
Luna Lake Wildlife AreaLuna Lake Wildlife Area provides riparian, wetland, and aquatic habitat for many wildlife species.

Birds: A multitude of ducks and geese, bald eagles, osprey, and many species of migratory songbirds abound. Other birds present in the area include Merriam's turkey, long-eared owl, and Wilson's snipe.

Mammals: Common mammals in the area include mule deer, elk, long-tailed weasel, and silver-haired bat.

Fish and amphibians: Present in and around the lake are rainbow trout, cutthroat trout, brook trout, and mountain treefrog.

Special Status Species - Species Abstracts | Status Codes
Common Name Scientific Name Status
Amphibians
Chiricahua Leopard Frog Rana chiricahuensis LT, S, WSC
Northern Leopard Frog Rana pipiens S, WSC
Birds
Bald Eagle Haliaeetus leucocephalus LT, S, WSC
Gray Catbird Dumetella carolinensis WSC
Mexican Spotted Owl Strix occidentalis lucida LT, S, WSC
Southwestern Willow Flycatcher Empidonax traillii extimus LE, S, WSC
Mammals
Arizona Myotis Myotis occultus SC, S1
Plants
Gila Groundsel Senecio quaerens SC, S, SR
White Mountains Clover Trifolium neurophyllum SC, S
 
Area Description
The elevation of Luna Lake is 7,880 ft. Climate varies seasonally and yearly. Prepare for cool or cold weather, including wind and rain.

Plant Life
Habitat consists of an artificial wetland created by the dam forming Luna Lake. This wetland sits in a natural meadow surrounded by ponderosa pine forest. Other species commonly found in the area include:
- American sloughgrass (Beckmannia syzigachne)
- fescue (Festuca spp.)
- blue grama (Bouteloua gracilis)
- sedges (Carex spp.)
- rushes (Juncus spp.)
 
Management Objectives and Goals
The Arizona Game and Fish Commission does not own property at Luna Lake Wildlife Area. Rather, the 111 acres are managed by the department under a federal special use permit. The property is owned by the U.S.D.A. Forest Service. Management emphasis is to provide quality habitat for waterfowl and other birds, including nesting bald eagles. This wildlife area is also managed to provide a recreational trout fishery.
 
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