Rose Canyon Lake

Area Status: Open
This area is Open

The Rose Canyon Lake is a 6 acre trout fishing lake. It is small, beautiful and ecologically fragile. The lake is tucked away in a picturesque stand of mature ponderosa pines high on the slopes of the Santa Catalina Mountains. This is a beautiful place, and many people come here to enjoy the other features that it offers in addition to fishing. 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 good opportunities for photography, bird watching, and just plain strolling. A few downed logs close to the water provide good places to sit and enjoy a snack or a bit of quiet meditation.

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.  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 the current stocking schedule.

The Campground Store is located on the Lake parking lot and is open Thursday -  Sunday, 10am-5pm, Memorial Day through Labor Day. After Labor Day through October. the Store is open Saturday and Sunday, 10-4pm. The store carries bait, tackle, fishing poles, fishing licenses, sundry grocery items, camp supplies, tarps, rain ponchos, cold drinks, chips, ice creams and candy. We also have S'More kits! And ICE! If the store is closed, your camphost has a key to the ice freezer and you may buy it through your host along with firewood.

At a Glance

Current Conditions: Opening and Closing are weather dependent. During the winter season the gate will be closed requiring you to walk in.
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.
Fees Lake parking day use is $10.00 per day.   Due to the lake being managed by a concessioners the Senior/Access pass will not be accepted for day use.
Open Season: April
Restrictions: Arizona Game and Fish regulations apply. A valid fishing license is required. 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.
Restroom: Toilets
Operated By: 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 April 1, 2016, there will be 30 assigned tent/RV sites that can be reserved through www.recreation.govor 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: $22.00 up to 6 people per vehicle/per night.  Extra vehicle cost $9.00.

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