Chevelon Canyon Lake

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  • Access to Chevelon Canyon Lake is extremely limited. Although many might consider this, coupled with its remote location, something of a drawback, the combination makes for some of the best trout fishing in the state.

    The road that was used for construction of the impoundment has not been maintained since the lake was created in the 1960s. It may be closed, but you can still use it to walk to the water's edge.

    This entire area was once popular among trappers before Arizona became the "civilized" place it is today. Chevelon CAnyon is named after a beloved early trapper who lived in the area and unfortunately died after eating a poisonous root. -G.J Sagi, from the travel handbook Fishing Arizona

    Keep in mind this is an artificial fly and lure only Lake. No vehicle access's to the shore and a long hike in.

  • GPS:
    Latitude: 34° 30' 2.21"N Longitude: 110° 49' 23.26"W
    Phone Numbers for more information::
    Apache-Sitgreaves National Forest (928) 789-3701
    Road Conditions:
    Paved to dirt
    Land Ownership:
    Chevelon Canyon Lake is owned by the Apache Sitgreaves National Forest
    The elevation at Chevelon Canyon Lake is 6380 feet
    Max Surface Acres:
    Average Depth:
    The depth at Chevelon Canyon Lake 80 ft
    Bag Limit:
    Trout between 10-14 inches may not be possessed; 6 trout limit.
    Boat/Engine Restrictions:
    You can only have a 10 horse motor on this lake
    Boats to Rent:
    Chevelon Canyon Lake has a several nearby campgrounds
    Barrier free Access:
    Launching Area:
    No marinas at Chevelon Canyon Lake
  • To get to Chevelon Canyon Lake take 260 north of Payson to the "Woods Canyon Lake" turn-off and there will be signs posted from there.

Recent User Reports and Reviews

  1. HookedAZ
    May 26, 2017
    Fishing is fair for large wild brown trout. Recent survey showed few rainbow trout, but some large brown trout. Catchable rainbow trout were stocked earlier this month, improving fishing. All roads are open. Remember Chevelon Lake is a hike in lake.
  2. Jeff k
    Mar 9, 2017
    Inaccessible. Forest Road 300 (the Rim Road) is closed for the winter as of 1/5/2017. Road in from the north is snow packed due to 48 inches of snow. Ice is thin and unsafe. Some open water.
  3. Reports
    Jan 24, 2017
    Fishing is fair for stocked rainbow trout wild brown trout. No ice. Forest Road 300 (the Rim Road) is closed for the winter as of 1/5/2017, but the lake is still accessible via Forest Road 504 from Heber.

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  1. Brock
    Can you please tell me where to find old film of buiding the spillway and dam? I saw the film once and want to see it again. It also showed a overflow of the spillway that was intense.please help with information
    Your fellow fisherman Brock