Cyclone Lake Arizona

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Fishing At Cyclone Lake Arizona

Art 37 surface acres and an elevation of 8,100 feet, Cyclone Lake is one of the most scenic destinations on the White Mountain Apache Indian Reservation. Add the fact that it's restricted to group use only, and Cyclone is one of the most unusual fishing getaways in the entire Southwest. With nearly a mile of shoreline, it also offers some incredible fishing.

For a couple hundred dollars, plus a daily-use-fee per person ( the price fluctuates, so contact tribal officials for details ), companies, groups and organizations can rent this lake for a day. As of this printing, it was still limited to reserved group use only and generally open from late May to early September.

There are no developed facilities or RV hookups. All you'll find here is pristine Arizona wilderness, a cool getaway and incredible fishing.

Species available at Cyclone Lake include rainbow, cutthroat, brook and brown trout. Occasionally the rare Arizona native, Apache trout, shows up in a creel.

Boats can be launched, though the ramp is virtually non-existent and will not support much more than a rowboat. Electric trolling motors are the limit.

Cyclone Lake is situated in the same incredible scenery as Hawley Lake. To find the lake, take Sate Rout 260 east out of Pinetop-Lakeside. Turn south on State Route 473 toward Hawley Lake. Then turn left at the sign (after you've entered the cabin area on the north side of Hawley),, and follow the dirt road for about five miles. There's also a much-less traveled route off the main road into Hawley. It's usually a lot rougher.

During the rainy season the main trail can be relatively rough, so take your time and stop to enjoy the alpine streams crossing the road. Keep an eye out for wild turkeys in the area as well; they're a sight one shouldn't miss.

For more information or for reservations, write the White Mountain Apache Game and Fish Department at P.O. Box 220, Whiteriver, AZ 85941 or call (928) 388-4385. You can also visit

Remember, you cannot even visit this lake without group reservations. So observe the regulations, and if you're interested in reserving the lake, make sure you inquire as to availability at leas a year in advance. -G.J Sagi, from the travel handbook Fishing Arizona

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Information for Cyclone Lake Arizona
Consumption Advisory To check if there is an advisory read this Game and Fish article.
Restrictions/Season of Use Cyclone Lake is open from May to September
Land Ownership Cyclone Lake is owned by the Apache National Forest
Tournament this week No
Elevation The elevation at Cyclone Lake is 8100 feet
Max Surface Acers 37
Spawning Season Spring for trout and stocked before May
River lake Impounds  
Water Temp cold
Average Depth  
Road Condition Paved to dirt. Alternate routes to the Lake may require 4 wheel drive
Fly Fishing You can fly fish at Cyclone Lake
Bait Fishing You can bait fish at Cyclone Lake
Access Fee 300 dollars plus 3 dollars per person. Prices subjected to change.
Tonto Pass You do not need a Tonto Pass for Cyclone Lake
Bag Limit  
Boats to Rent No
Licenses for Sale No
Swimming No
Camping Yes
Drinking Water No
Barrier free Access Yes
Restrooms Yes
Trailer Spaces No
Electricity No
Boat & Engine Restrictions Single Electrics only
Launching Area primitive
Water Skiing No
Cleaning Stations No
Phone Number for Water Level White Mountain Apache Game and Fish Department at P.O. Box 220, Whiteriver, AZ 85941 or call (928) 388-4385
Marinas No marinas at Cyclone Lake
Bait Shops No
Ranger Station White Mountain Apache Game and Fish Department at P.O. Box 220, Whiteriver, AZ 85941 or call (928) 388-4385
Ranger District White Mountain Apache Game and Fish Department at P.O. Box 220, Whiteriver, AZ 85941 or call (928) 388-4385
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Last Updated on Tuesday, 06 July 2010 06:12

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