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Green Valley lakes are part of Arizona's Urban Fishing Program and are recognized nationally as one of the best in the country. The Department intensively stocks and manages the park lake for fishing recreation. Simply put, the program operates on the premise that "if people can't get out of town to fish, we will bring fish in to town for the people." The program provides convenient, affordable, accessible, and fun fishing for anglers of all ages and abilities. 

Green Valley Park provides three lakes having a total surface area of 13.1 acres, 17.2 acres of grass, trees and shrubs, three picnic ramadas, two public restrooms, 3.8 miles of walking paths, boating and fishing facilities, picnic and outdoor cooking facilities, paved parking areas, and a complete irrigation system and pump station for the landscaped areas. 

Fish Species

Rainbow trout are the only species stocked by the Department during an eight month season that starts in mid October and continues through early May.  No catfish, bass or sunfish are stocked at Green Valley, however good populations of bass, crappie and sunfish can be found in these highly productive lakes.

Fishing Strategy

Trout can be caught on small spinners and spoons, by fly fishermen using nymphs or wet flies, and by baits such as scented dough baits, worms or salmon eggs.  Remember to use lighter line in the 2-6 pound range, smaller hooks and a minimal amount of weight. Limits on trout are 4 per day for licensed anglers and 2 trout for children under age 14.

Boating Options

Small boats with electric motors only can be used on the lake.  Kayaking, Canoes and other small boats are allowed. There is a boat ramp at the western end of the large lake.

Camping Options

There are no camping options at Green Valley Park.  Camping is not permitted in the park.


Take Highway 87 to Main Street.  Go west on Main Street 1.1 miles to 1000 W. Country Club, Payson, AZ 85541 and you will find one large lake and two smaller lakes.

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