Rose Canyon Lake

Area Status: Closed

Rose Canyon Lake

The Rose Canyon Lake is a six-acre lake. It is small, beautiful and ecologically fragile. The trout fishing lake is tucked away in a picturesque stand of ponderosa pines high on the slopes of the Santa Catalina Mountains. Tall trees and rocky slopes line the shore and are reflected in the lake’s sheltered waters. Rose Canyon Lake Trail #37 leads around the water’s edge and provides access to the lake. It is handicapped-accessible from a lower parking area to a floating dock near the dam.

A paved road through Rose Canyon Campground leads to a small parking area, a short walk from the water. Rainbow trout large enough to catch and take home generally are released in the lake about once a month from early April through the end of August, when water temperatures become a little too warm for these cold-water fish. Brown Trout that are stocked usually once in the late fall as fingerlings or sub-catchable size fish usually under 6 inches. All stocking and fishing regulations for Rose Canyon Lake, as well as all the other lakes within the Coronado, are managed by Arizona Game and Fish, which publishes a current stocking schedule.

A Campground Store is located next to Lake parking lot and is open Thurs - Sun (11am - 4pm) & Holidays that land on a Monday. The store carries fishing supplies including poles and licenses, camping supplies, and a sundry of grocery items including ice cream and ice. If the store is closed, you can still purchase ice and firewood through the camp host. The Booth is open Mon - Sun (9am - 5pm). Both the Store and the Booth are now accepting credit cards. The phone number for Rose Canyon is (520) 576 – 1325.


At a Glance

Current Conditions: Opening and Closing are weather dependent. During the winter season, the gate will be closed, walk-ins allowed for fishing.
Operational Hours: During the winter, gates are closed to the lake. Fishing is still possible with a valid fishing license by walk in only from the road.
Area Amenities: Interpretive Site, Accessible, Fee charged for some activities, Toilets, Parking
Fees: Lake parking day use is $10.00 per day per vehicle (up to 6 persons). Extra persons, walk-ins, and bicycles are $1.00. Annual Day Use Pass is $60.00. Site is managed by a concessionaire. Coronado and Interagency passes are not valid.
Open Season: April - October
Restrictions: Arizona Game and Fish regulations apply. A valid fishing license is required. Current regulations are 4 trout in any combination and statewide possession limits are twice (2x) the daily bag limit for each species.  “Possession limit” means the maximum limit, in number or amount of fish, which may be possessed at one time by any one person.No swimming, boats, or camping at the lake. Dogs must be on a leash. Please, when you visit, use the trash bins and do not litter.
Closest Towns: Northeast of Tucson, between mile posts 17 and 18 on the Catalina Highway.
Water: Drinking water is available.
Restroom: Yes
Operated By: Concessionaire operation under special use permit from the Santa Catalina Ranger District.
Information Center: Santa Catalina Ranger District  520-749-8700

General Information


From the intersection of Grant Road and Tanque Verde Road,head east on Tanque Verde Road approximately 5 miles to the intersection of Tanque Verde Road and Catalina Highway.Turn left heading north and continue 17 miles up Catalina Highway to Rose Canyon Campground. It is clearly marked and the campground is on the left.


Lake Parking/Day Use Fee: $10.00 up to 6 people per vehicle.  ONLY at the lake you can purchase an Annual Day Use Pass for $60.00.  Extra Person, Walk-in, Bicycle cost $1.00 per person.

General Notes:

Near the lake you will find Rose Canyon Campground.

There are 43 sites that will be available for camping on a first come first service basis. Starting April1, 2016, there will be 30 assigned tent/RV sites that can be reserved through or by phone at 1-877-444-6777. These sites do not have hookups. Water is available at the campground. The Campground will accept the “America the Beautiful” Senior and Access pass for fifty percent off camping only. (The concessionaire will not accept the “America the Beautiful” pass for day use at the lake.)

Camping Fees: $26.00 up to 6 people per camp unit/per night. Double family is $42.00 per camp unit/per night. Extra vehicle cost $10.00.

Recreation Map

Map showing recreational areas. Map Information


Lake and Pond Fishing

Scenic alpine lake. Cool, forested setting. Lakeshore trail Amphitheater. Nearby campground/picnic area. Interpretive programs. Group day use areas.


Interpretive Site: Yes
Fee charged for some activities: Yes
Parking: Yes
Toilets: Yes
Accessible: Yes

Related Information

Recreation Areas

Recreation Activities


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7,000 feet.