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A beautiful, narrow, canyon-bound lake. Despite being several miles down a dirt road and having few amenities, it draws many visitors. The partially developed campground which is set among the mixed conifer, oak and aspen, has only limited amenities.


It sets at an elevation of 7,600 feet and the scenic drive along Rim Road features several lookout points with awesome views.


Bear Canyon Lake is somewhat remote and its camping area is undeveloped and primitive. But that adds to it quiet charm.

Bear Canyon Lake and camping area are surrounded by aspen trees, tall pines and blue spruce that run right to the edges of the lake. Great place to unwind.

Fish Species

The lake is stocked with rainbow trout.  

Fishing Strategy

It is stocked about 6 times a year. Live bait is not permitted. Bag limit is 4 trout and Arizona fishing license laws apply.

Boating Options

Boats are restricted to electric motors only

Camping Options

Camping is considered undeveloped. There is no drinking water or tables. There vault toilets seasonally. What you bring in must be taken out. Fires are prohibited when fire restriction are in effect. The parking lot is paved. There is no entry or camping fee. Pack it in - Pack it out.  There is no garbage service.


Take Highway 260 northeast. Turn onto Forest Road 300 (Rim Road) and travel west for about 12 miles. FR 300 is paved for about 3 miles to the Woods Canyon Lake turnoff where it turns to gravel. Take Forest Road 89 north for about 2 miles, then turn right onto Forest Road 89A to one of the two lake access points.  Check the Forest Service prior to going and make sure the roads are open.  Click here for more info.

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