Lakes of Arizona

Christopher Creek

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  • Christopher Creek is the ideal getaway for those of us who enjoy a true flyfishing outing once in a while. It's ideally located northeast of Payson, far away from civilization's hectic pace.

    Perhaps the area's only drawback is its vulnerability to droughts, like the recent severe dry spell during which many streams-including Christopher Creek-have at times literally gone dry. Always call ahead to check conditions.



    Fishable water runs from an elevation of more than 6,500 feet to below 5,200. The water is rugged in sections, but well worth the effort, Though you probably won't come away with the lunker of a lifetime, you will experience some of Arizona's truly pristine out-of-doors-all within a mile of one of the most traveled roads on the Mogollon Rim. -G.J. Sagi, from the travel handbook Fishing Arizona


    Here is a printable document with general information on Christopher Creek. And Here is a Printable map from the Tonto National Forest.
  • GPS:
    Latitude: 34° 19' 23.13"N Longitude: 111° 00' 44.28"W
    Phone Numbers for more information::
    Payson Ranger Station Phone: (928) 474-7900
    Restrictions/Season of Use:
    Christopher Creek is open all year
    Road Conditions:
    Paved
    Land Ownership:
    Christopher Creek is owned by the Tonto National Forest
    Ranger Station/District:
    Payson Ranger Station 1009 E. Highway 260 Payson, AZ 85541 Phone: (928) 474-7900 Fax: (928) 474-7999
    Entrance Fees/Permits:
    You'll need a Tonto Pass available Here, and if your going to camp the fees are about $16
    Elevation:
    6500 feet
    Max Surface Acres:
    7
    Average Depth:
    5
    Bag Limit:
    There will posted signs for bag limits on Rainbow and other species of trout
    Boat/Engine Restrictions:
    No Boats
    Boats to Rent:
    No
    Swimming:
    Yes
    Camping:
    Yes, For more information on camping at Christopher Creek print this document from the Tonto National Forest
    Barrier free Access:
    No
    Trailer Spaces:
    Yes
    Water Skiing:
    No
    Marinas:
    No marinas at Christopher Creek
  • Christopher Creek is right off the 260 near Kholls Ranch. Check the map above.

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  1. HookedAZ
    I dont think so personally. As far as I know they can only has rights to the water usage.
  2. MARILYN HAMM
    I have a summer home in Christopher Creek, See Canyon Summer Homes. It was built by my parents in 1941. Just recently, a subdivision to the north of us, THE BROOKS, have claimed that they OWN THE PART OF CHRISTOPHER CREEK THAT RUNS THROUGH THEIR SUBDIVISION. They are complaining about fishermen using THEIR creek and therefore trespassing. My understanding is that an INDIVIDUAL CANNOT OWN PART OF A WATERWAY SUCH AS CHRISTOPHER CREEK, and that the PUBLIC is allowed to "fish the waters" as they wish. Can you clarify this for me?