Canyon Creek Arizona

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Ahh! the playful Canyon Creek, home to Wild Brown Trout and some Rainbow Trout, a stream revered by trout fishermen. The Canyon Creek Hatchery lies just below the Rim. The fishing is great, but you may just want to stop and wade a bit and take in the scenery.

Canyon Creek AZ

There is much history of this area as there is with most of the Mogollon Rim Country. There is one that stands out most of all in American history, the Pleasant Valley War. Basically it was a range war or better now as “The Sheep and Cattle Wars”, which were fought between sheepmen and cattlemen over grazing rights.

Pleasant Valley which was first settled in the 1870s and home to the Pleasant Valley War, or Graham-Tewksbury Feud, a bitter feud that centered in the valley a hundred years ago. The war began early in the 1880s and became most fierce in the summer of 1887. The grimmest shootings took place in Pleasant Valley and in nearby canyons. This is only a small part of the amazing account of the Pleasant Valley War.

In recent years Canyon Creek was destroyed by the Rodeo-Chediski fire that swept through during the summer of 2002. Immediately after the fire, a limited number of all species were confirmed still present, however, by the end of the 2002 monsoon season, sedimentation impacts to the stream were so severe that all fish populations were reduced by 90%.

As of today Canyon Creek has made a full recovery. The hatches on this stream are like nothing else you will see in Arizona. This is a Fly fishers’ gold mine. - Charlotte Steele

Fishing Canyon Creek Arizona

 You can catch trout at Canyon Creek and its a beautiful place to camp. There is access to the creek from the White Mountain Indian Reservation and the Tonto National Forest. You will need a Tonto Pass available Here, if your on the Tonto National Forest side. If your on the White Mountain Apache Indian Reservation Side you will need to get a permit available Here.

Route 77 out of Globe will take you to the White Mountain access point and 260 out of Payson will take you to the Tonto National Forest side.

To read a detailed article about Canyon Creek's history including the Rodeo-Chediski fire, purchase the essential travel handbook Fishing Arizona by G.J. Sagi

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Directions to Canyon Creek Arizona

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Information for Canyon Creek Arizona
Consumption Advisory To check if there is an advisory read this Game and Fish article.
Restrictions/Season of Use Canyon Creek is open all year but check road conditions due to the altitude of the lake
GPS Latitude: 34° 11' 19.68"N Longitude: 110° 45' 1.54"W
Land Ownership Canyon Creek is owned by the Tonto National Forest
Tournament this week No
Elevation The elevation at Canyon Creek ranges from 2500 to 5500 feet
Max Surface Acers 31 fishable miles
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Fly Fishing Yes
Bait Fishing Yes
Access Fee  
Tonto Pass You do need a Tonto Pass for this river
Bag Limit There will posted signs for bag limits on Rainbow and other species of trout
Boats to Rent  
Licenses for Sale  
Camping Camping is allowed on the Tonto National Forest side of the creek off the 260
Drinking Water  
Barrier free Access  
Restrooms Yes
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Launching Area  
Water Skiing  
Cleaning Stations  
Phone Number for Water Level Tonto National Forest (602)225-5200
Marinas No marinas at Canyon Creek
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Ranger District  
Comments: If you find any of the about information to have been updated or wrong, let us know. Email or just post the correction in the forum below. Thank You.


Last Updated on Wednesday, 25 April 2012 16:54


# Mike Lee 2013-06-10 07:41
I read that a pass is needed to fish this creek. I never heard that before.
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# HookedAZ 2012-04-25 16:56
Thanks for the update Charlotte
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