Nelson Reservoir

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Nelson Reservoir
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Location Apache County, Arizona
Coordinates 34°3′21.86″N 109°11′25.63″W / 34.0560722°N 109.1904528°W / 34.0560722; -109.1904528Coordinates: 34°3′21.86″N 109°11′25.63″W / 34.0560722°N 109.1904528°W / 34.0560722; -109.1904528
Type Reservoir
Basin countries United States
Surface area 60 acres (24 ha)
Average depth 15 ft (4.6 m)
Surface elevation 7,410 ft (2,260 m)

Anyone who has driven from Springerville to Alpine has seen Nelson Reservoir. A long and narrow lake, it follows the Nutrioso Creek Valley for nearly a mile. Fish that remain in Nelson Reservoir after summer stockings can grow to good size, making it a popular fishing site with local anglers.

Locations[edit]

Nelson Reservoir is situated at 7,412 feet (2,259 m) on the Apache-Sitgreaves National Forests, as such the facilities located here are managed by that authority.

Description[edit]

A stunning view of Nelson Reservoir

Nelson Reservoir is located on Nutrioso Creek. It has 90 acres (36 ha) with a maximum depth of 24 feet (7.3 m) and an average depth of 15 feet (4.6 m). When the lake stops spilling in the spring, it is stocked with up to 20,000 catchable-sized rainbow trout until Labor Day. Stocking may end sooner if water quality conditions become unfavorable. Nelson Reservoir is subject to algae blooms and excessive weed growth as summer progresses. The lake contains native bluehead suckers and illegally introduced black crappie and green sunfish. The lake once contained brown, cutthroat and brook trout, but none remain today.

History[edit]

Nelson Reservoir was named after Edmund Nelson, who owned the land in 1918 and had fished there as early as 1891.[1]

Fish species[edit]

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References[edit]

  1. ^ Byrd H. Granger (1960). Arizona Place Names. University of Arizona Press. p. 17. Retrieved 6 December 2011.