Lakes of Arizona

Horseshoe Cienega Lake

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  • Horseshoe Cienega Lake is popular for catching record sized brown trout. The lake freezes in the winter making it one of the few prime ice-fishing holes in Arizona. Originally built in 1960 and located in the White Mountains just south of Bog Tank its definitely worth a trip out of town. Since the lake is on the White Mountain Apache Reservation be sure to purchase a permit before heading out.
  • Phone Numbers for more information::
    Game and Fish (928)338-4385
    Restrictions/Season of Use:
    Open all year Stocked first in May when weather permits
    Road Conditions:
    Land Ownership:
    A1 Lake is owned by the White Mountain Apache Tribe
    Ranger Station/District:
    Pinetop Game and Fish (928)3674281 or the Apache Sitgreaves National Forest at (928)333-4301
    Entrance Fees/Permits:
    White Mountains Permit
    The elevation at Horseshoe Cienega Lake is 8100 feet
    Max Surface Acres:
    River Lake Impounds:
    Horseshoe Cienega Lake impounds the Black River
    Average Depth:
    Horseshoe Cienega is a swallow lake that freezes in the winter months 15 to 20 feet tops
    Bag Limit:
    Trout: 5 for adults (15 and over) 3 for juveniles (10-14) 2 for kids (under 10) Bass and Catfish: 15 for adults, 8 for juveniles, 8 for kids All other species "No limit"
    Boat/Engine Restrictions:
    Electric only
    Boats to Rent:
    Trailer Spaces:
    Yes nearby
    Launching Area:
    Water Skiing:
    No marinas at Horseshoe Cienega Lake
  • To get to Horseshoe Cienega Lake just drive east on the 260 and just before reaching the 273 south look for the signs to the lake. Use the map above to help you out.

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  1. David Muniz
    Taking a trip to go fishing there. Are there RV hook-ups and is so what are the rates. If not are camp grounds avaliable for RVs. Planning on going the later part of June>
    1. Tommy Valen
      No RV hook-ups but some camping sites have water to them. Not sure about the camping permit fee for RV.
      Tommy Valen, Oct 25, 2016
  2. Frances
    very nice camp ground
    many different LOOPS and many have water hook faucets available
    They come and empty your holding tanks for a small fee, so you dont have to move your RV. the only thing is alot of dirt and dust...Ive camped other places and like the pine needles on ground , less dust...But beautuful scenery and good fishings