CHEVELON LAKE, ARIZONA

Chevelon Canyon is the best Brown Trout fishery in the State; some argue the entire world. The lake is fed by Chevelon Creek which means the Rainbow Trout, and Brown Trout are able to reproduce naturally and are not stocked.  Chevelon is 206 acres with an average depth of 35 feet with a maximum of 80 feet.

 

Chevelon Canyon Lake is quite remote and is a deep canyon lake that requires a relatively steep hike 3/4 of a mile to get to the waters edge from the parking area. Generally, only the most avid of anglers that are physically well-conditioned fish Chevelon Lake. However, those that do are rewarded with views of the most scenic trout lake in Arziona. It is simply gorgeous and panoramic with thick forested vegetation and trees that abut the lake. If you're seeking tranquility, this is the lake of choice.

Fish Species

Trophy size Rainbow and Brown Trout live here. It is stocked with fingerling Rainbows twice per year in the spring and fall.

Fishing Strategy

Anglers have good luck with both lures and fly-fishing. Bring a variety of articificial flys and lures of differing colors and sizes. Trout between a 10 and 14 inch slot limit may not be possessed and trout taken from the lake must be killed immediately or released. A state fishing license with a trout stamp is required. The daily bag limit is six trout.

Boating Options

Boats must be carried in. That's why it is popular with the float-tubers. Live bait is prohibited.  Boat motors are restricted to electric or 10 hp or less gas motors and must be carried down a 3/4 mile steep hill. This takes good physical condition. Be advised that any boat left at the lake because of lack of energy to carry it back out, is considered abandoned property after 24 hours and subject to confiscation.

Camping Options

Chevelon Canyon Campground is a primitive campground with six sites and a vault toilet. Each site has a picnic table and fire ring. Chevelon Crossing Campground, on FR 504 near its junction with FR 169, is another primitive campground with five sites and a toilet. Camping is free at both of these campgrounds. Access is restricted in the winter when roads are closed due to snow, generally November to late April.

Directions

Travel west on the Rim Road (Forest Road 300) from Highway 260 for 8.5 miles to FR 169. The road is paved to the Woods Canyon Lake turnoff; thereafter, the road is improved gravel. Turn north (right) on FR 169 and drive 12 miles to FR 169b.