Lakes of Arizona

Eagle Creek

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  • Eagle Creek, located south and west of Hannagan Meadow, runs a total length of 48 miles, though the Arizona Game and Fish Department lists only a total of four miles as actually fishable. It varies in elevation from 5,450 feet to 3,250.

    To get to the remote fishery, take U.S. Route 191 north out of Clifton toward Hannagan Meadow and the White Mountains, After Pinal Point Campground, begin watching on the left side of the road for Forest Service Road 217, which is dirt, just about all the way to the end, and you'll find Honeymoon Campground, Just before the campsites, you'll also pass the spot where the Arizona Game and Fish Department stocks rainbow trout once a year (usually in late April though it always best to check ahead by visiting www.azgfd.com or calling (602) 789 3701).

    The total trip on dirt is slightly more than 20 miles. Though it's a relatively well-maintained road, during rainy season or early in the spring a high-clearance or four-wheel-drive vehicle is a good idea. If you're lucky you'll be the only on in there.

    Species you'll find include rainbow and brown trout, which occur naturally. You probably won't come home with a trophy, but you will enjoy one of Arizona's truly pristine areas. Anglers interested in visiting the area should also bear in mind stocking can be cancelled for a variety of reasons and that this creek, as is true of most in Arizona, can fall victim to drought. -G.J Sagi, from the travel handbook Fishing Arizona

    Part of Eagle Creek if you view the map below you will see runs partly through the San Carlos Apache Indian Reservation. If you plan on fishing there or camping you will need a San Carlos Permit which you can only pick up in the Town of San Carlos located far south near San Carlos Lake. If you do decide to get a permit for San Carlos you can view a list of the vendors that sell them on the San Carlos Tribe web site. - Tom
  • GPS:
    Latitude: 33°10'17.28"N Longitude: 109°29'55.22"W
    Phone Numbers for more information::
    Apache Sitgreaves National Forest (928) 333-4301
    Restrictions/Season of Use:
    Eagle Creek is open all year but check road and campsite restrictions The season is May to September
    Road Conditions:
    Paved to dirt road for 20 miles four-wheel-drive recommended in rain
    Land Ownership:
    Eagle Creek is owned by the Apache Sitgreaves National Forest
    Ranger Station/District:
    Clifton Ranger District (928) 687-1301
    Entrance Fees/Permits:
    No if your not on the San Carlos Portion of the Creek areas in gray on the map above are San Carlos Green is Apache-Sitgreaves
    from 5,450 feet to 3,250
    Max Surface Acres:
    11 to 48 fishable miles
    Bag Limit:
    There will posted signs to abide by with the Apache Sitgreaves Forest
    Boat/Engine Restrictions:
    Boats to Rent:
    You can swim at Eagle Creek if you find a deep enough spot it will be cold
    Eagle Creek has a few nearby campsites one is Honeymoon the other is Pinal Point.
    Trailer Spaces:
    Water Skiing:
    No marinas at Eagle Creek
  • View above article and map for directions to Eagle Creek AZ

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  1. AGFD bio
    There are no trout in Eagle Creek, only smallmouth bass, some catfish down in lower reaches, and roundtail chub (native minnow) to fish for. AZ Game and Fish last stocked Eagle Creek with trout in early 1990s. It was too warm to sustain natural populations, so they died out of old age after the stocking ended.
  2. HookedAZ
    The road you want to take is Eagle Creek Road, Upper Eagle Creek Road, or Forest Service Road 217.