Area Status: Open
The campground of dispersed units is set in a mature stand of Ponderosa pine with a mix of white and Douglas fir. The Arizona Game & Fish Department Canyon Creek Fish Hatchery is nearby. The hatchery is open to the public and offers a self-guided tour of the facility. Canyon Creek is popular among anglers fishing for rainbow trout. Wildlife includes: Abert squirrel, black bear.
At a Glance
||Stay limit 14 days, trailers under 16', permit required if over 50 people, both FR 512 and FR 33 are unpaved roads. Four-wheel-drive or chains are advised after heavy rains or snow. Canyon Creek has a four-trout limit. Bear-proof your camp -- especially food. Canyon Creek fishing is restricted to artificial flies and lures only. In the winter, temperatures can dip into the teens. Pack It In, Pack It Out
||Young, Payson, Forest Lakes
||No drinking water available
||Vault toilets, one toilet is equipped with grab bars.
||No Passes or Fees required.
||Pleasant Valley Ranger District (928)-462-4300
Access #1 (41 miles east of Payson): From Payson, travel 33 miles east on paved State Hwy. 260. Turn right on Young Road/Forest Road (FR) 512, and continue on for 3 miles to FR 33 (unpaved). Turn left on FR 33 and travel 1 1/2 miles to the site.
Access #2 (28 miles north of Young): From Young, take State Hwy. 288/Forest Road (FR) 512 north for 23 miles to FR 33. Turn right onto FR 33. Taking FR 33, it’s about 5 miles to the site.
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