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Rogers Lake County Natural Area
Rogers lake 
Natural and Cultural Overview
Rogers Lake, its basin spanning over one mile across, is located in the Upper Verde watershed and is a regionally significant, high-elevation wetland important to numerous wildlife species, including elk, black bear, pronghorn, bald eagles, and migrating waterfowl. The area also boasts a rich cultural history and a wide variety of native plant community types, as well as sweeping panoramic views of the San Francisco Peaks, Woody Mountain, and Woody Ridge. The area has prehistoric sites and scatter areas dating back 5,000 years, in addition to old railroad beds and log structures from Flagstaff’s sheep herding and logging era.

After an eight-year acquisition process which began in 2002, the county acquired Rogers Lake in a public auction, held November 1, 2010. The acquisition was made possible with funding from the 2002 voter approved Coconino Parks and Open Space (CPOS) program and a 2010 Growing Smarter Grant, Coconino County, and allows us to protect and preserve 2,250 acres of land, including 1,400 acres of wetland. Coconino County Parks and Recreation collaborated with several agencies and private stakeholders throughout the process.
   
Experience Watchable Wildlife Opportunities
Rogers Lake County Natural Area is one of 30 wildlife viewing sites within 30 miles of Flagstaff. Visit Arizona Watchable Wildlife Experience to plan your visit and to find other watchable wildlife sites in northern Arizona, including:

A game camera at Rogers Lake County Natural Area caught a mother black bear and her two cubs frolicking in the water. The pictures and video were captured in the beginning of October 2014 in the early afternoon. According to Arizona Game and Fish’s website, black bears are active in the early morning and late evening.
 Bears at Rogers Lake

Check out two short videos of the bears!



Partnerships On the Ground
Watch two short videos that outline the forest restoration partnership between Coconino County, Northern Arizona University, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and the Arizona Game and Fish Department.


Rogers Lake County Natural Area Wins State Natural Resources Award

Coconino County Parks and Recreation was awarded the 2011 Natural Resources Award by the Arizona Parks and Recreation Association for the Rogers Lake County Natural Area.


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