This medium-sized 132 acre lake is located in rolling hill country surrounded by distant mountains. For those who like to fish, Parker Canyon Lake offers both cold and warm water species, including stocked rainbow trout and resident bass, sunfish, and catfish. To make landing those wily lunkers a bit easier, there is a fishing pier and a paved boat ramp at the lake, as well as a lakeside paved area and a graveled path along some of the best catfishing shoreline. There is also a concessionaire-operated country store at the lakeshore where you can pick up some last minute supplies, buy a fishing license, or rent a boat.
Parker Canyon lake was created in 1966 by the Coronado national Forest and the Arizona Game and Fish Department. Despite criticism, the government agencies smoothed the entire bottom of the lake to resemble a huge bowl, and as it turned out, the critics were right. For the first few years the fish didn't do too well from lack of suitable habitat. But the weeds and aquatic vegetation have finally taken hold, and the fishing is usually pretty good. -G.J. Sagi, from the essential travel handbook Fishing Arizona