Fossil Creek Arizona

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Fishing At Fossil Creek Arizona


In the fall of 2004, nearly 100 people from around the state worked together to restore Fossil Creek to a native fishery. 

This work involved removing non-native fish that had invaded the stream so the few remaining native species would have a chance to survive. 

Native fish in Fossil Creek include headwater chub, roundtail chub, speckled dace, Sonora sucker, and Desert sucker.

fossil creek sonoran sucker


Fishing is allowed seasonally, from the first Saturday in October through April 30 (starting Oct. 3, 2009). Fishing is allowed between the waterfall located approximately 1 mile above the Flume Trailhead parking lot along FS 708 and the downstream-most power line crossing (immediately below Sally May Wash). Catch-and-release only for roundtail chub.

Roundtail chub must be immediately released unharmed; no chub may be kept; artificial fly and lure only; single barbless hooks only.- Coconino National Forest

fossil creek waterfall
Photo by Travis Kaldenbaugh

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Directions to Fossil Creek Arizona

Fossil Creek and is accessed by Highway 260 east of Camp Verde, or Highway 87 north of Strawberry. Be sure and read this document if your trying to camp at Fossil Creek.

Information for Fossil Creek Arizona
Consumption Advisory There is not currently a consumption advisory at Fossil Creek for Fish. To view the alert read this Game and Fish report.
Restrictions/Season of Use Fossil Creek is open all year but check with the Coconino Forest in Winter for Road closer
GPS Latitude: 34° 46' 55.6" N Longitude: 111° 13' 33.8" W
Land Ownership Coconino National Forest
Tournament this week No
Elevation The elevation at Fossil Creek is 6700 feet
Max Surface Acers Fossil Creek is about 60 surface acers
Spawning Season Spawning season for Fossil Creek .Spring,
River lake Impounds  
Water Temp  
Average Depth The average depth for Fossil Creek is 3 plus feet.
Road Condition paved
Fly Fishing You can fly fish at Fossil Creek when permited above with barbless hooks
Bait Fishing No! you can only use artificial fly and lure with barbless hooks. Catch and release only on roundtaill chub
Access Fee There is no fee for Fossil Creek
Tonto Pass Yes
Bag Limit  
Boats to Rent There are no boat rentals at Fossil Creek.
Licenses for Sale There are no licenses for sale at Fossil Creek
Swimming No
Camping Camping is limited at Fossil Creek. Theres a big deal about were you can camp there so be sure and print out or study this document from the COCONINO and TONTO NATIONAL FORESTS
Drinking Water No
Barrier free Access Yes
Restrooms Yes there are restrooms at Fossil Creek.
Trailer Spaces No
Electricity No
Boat & Engine Restrictions  
Launching Area No
Water Skiing No
Cleaning Stations No Cleaning stations at Fossil Creek
Phone Number for Water Level Game and Fish Phone: (602) 789-3701
Marinas No marinas at Fossil Creek
Ranger Station  
Ranger District Red Rock Ranger District at (928) 282-4119 or the Payson Ranger District at (928) 474-7900.
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Last Updated on Tuesday, 06 July 2010 05:46


# ben johnson 2014-05-23 11:49
wanting to head to childs at fossil creek tomorrow.could you please tell me if you can camp or is it day use only at the childs power plant.thanks
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# Sheyleen 2013-05-29 08:35
If you go camping are there any dangerous animals?
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# azfisherman 2012-06-23 04:10
They closed fossil creek on Thursday due to the fire. Access to fossil creek from strawberry and Campmp Verde are closed. They are kicking folks out who have already set up shop there. This was done by a joint decision by the Coconino and Tonto National Forest. :P
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# HookedAZ 2010-10-16 21:53
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