Parker Canyon Lake

Area Status: Open


This medium-sized 130 acre lake is located in the Canelo Hills west of the Huachuca Mountains.

It offers a number of recreational possibilities for those willing to drive the long, paved roads that lead to it. For those who like to fish, Parker Canyon Lake offers both cold and warm water species, including rainbow trout, longmouth bass, sunfish, and channel catfish. There is a fishing pier and a paved boat ramp at the lake, as well as a lakeside paved area and a graveled path along some of the best catfishing shoreline. There is also a concessionaire-operated country store at the lakeshore where you can pick up some last minute supplies, buy a fishing license, or rent a boat. Bird watchers and just plain nature lovers will also find much to enjoy at Parker Canyon Lake. A five mile trail leads around the shoreline never getting more than a few steps from the water. The Parker Lakeshore Trail offers excellent vantage points from which to enjoy the ducks and other waterfowl that are invariably bobbing on the lake’s clear waters. Some of those points even have benches and interpretive signs. Bald eagles and osprey are regularly sighted in this area, as are spring warblers and hummingbirds in season. Coues whitetail deer can frequently be seen browsing among the oaks and grasses that surround the lake and in the two campgrounds near its shores. Coatimundi, javelina, and roadrunners, three animals that are about as southwestern as you can get, make occasional appearances as well. Parking for vehicles, motor homes, boat trailers.

Accessible by passenger car. Fish available include trout, bass, catfish, and panfish. You can fish from a boat or a fishing pier. Boat ramp available.

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At a Glance

Area Amenities: Accessible,Boat ramp,Fee charged for some activities,Picnic tables,Toilets,Drinking water,Parking
Fees: Day-use: $8 per vehicle Weekly: $10 per vehicle Buy a pass online, or purchase a pass on site with cash or check. Proof of payment, or a valid Coronado National Forest Annual Pass or Interagency (America the Beautiful) Pass, including the Annual, Senior, Access, or Military Pass, must be displayed on the driver's side of vehicle dashboard. Learn more about accepted passes.
Open Season: Year-round
Restrictions: A valid Arizona fishing license (available on-site at the marina, online, or at outdoor stores around the state) is required for all anglers 10 years of age and older. Current regulations are Rainbow Trout (4), Largemouth Bass (6), Sunfishes (Unlimited), and Channel Catfish (4), 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. Using live bait fish is prohibited. Boats are limited to one 10 hp motor or less.
Closest Towns: 25 miles southeast of Sonoita in the scenic Canelo Hills.
Information Center: Parker Canyon Lake & Marina (

General Information


From Tucson, travel east on Interstate 10 to State Route 83 (exit 281) and turn south 50 miles through Sonoita to Parker Canyon Lake.


Most facilities are accessible to visitors with disabilities

General Notes:

A small concession-operated marina sells fishing supplies and licenses, along with some camping supplies, food and drinks. Boat rentals are also available. Visit for more information and current hours.

Recreation Map

Map showing recreational areas. Map Information


Lake and Pond Fishing

Floating fishing pier and paved boat ramp. Fishing supplies and licenses available at marina when open.

Fish Species Trout, Catfish, Bass
Fishing Mode Boating (one 10 hp motor or less).

Day Hiking

Lakeshore trail


Boating - Motorized

Motorized and non-motorized watercraft are available to rent from the marina when open. Visit


Swim at your own risk. There are no designated swimming areas and no lifeguards on duty. Swimming is prohibited at the boat ramp.


Picnic tables: Yes
Fee charged for some activities: Yes
Parking: Yes
Toilets: Yes
Accessible: Yes
Boat ramp: Yes
Drinking water: Yes

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5,400 feet