Raccoon Bluff Day-Use Area

Area Status: Open

Raccoon Bluff Day Use Area & Seasonal Camping

This lush area is outstanding for bird watching. Adjacent to the lower portion of the Salt River, a stand of mesquite provides welcome shade. Raccoon Bluff is a popular river-access point (RAP) for tubers floating the Lower Salt River. It’s close proximity to the main cities allows for an easy escape and fun day-trip. 


At a Glance

Current Conditions: Open.  No overnight camping. Day use only per Order Number  03-12-03-23-39.
Operational Hours: Day use only.
  • Stay limit 1 day.
  • No trailers, no motor boats.
  • No drinking water available.
  • This area is heavily used in the summer months.
  • Pets must be on a leash.
  • Glass containers are not allowed in the Lower Salt River area.
  • To avoid injury wear shoes when wading in the river.
Caution: fallen trees and other materials in the river can trap swimmers and floaters, Beware: alcohol, sun, and water are a deadly combination. 
Closest Towns: Mesa, Saguaro Lake Marina
Water: Not Available
Restroom: Toilet Building (Accessible)
Passes: The links below provide additional information on pricing and purchasing information. 
Information Center: Mesa Ranger District (480) 610-3300

General Information


This site is 17 miles northeast of Mesa. From Mesa, travel 7 miles east on Superstition Freeway (US 60), to Power Road/Bush Highway/Forest Road (FR) 204 and turn north. Follow Bush Highway for 12 miles and turn north (left) on FR 204E and follow it one mile to the site. The entire route is paved.

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General Notes:


  • Caution: fallen trees and other materials in the river can trap swimmers and floaters
  • Beware: alcohol, sun and water are a deadly combination


Recreation Map

Map showing recreational areas. Map Information


River and Stream Fishing

Fish Species:  Rainbow Trout; Largemouth, Smallmouth and Yellow Bass; Crappie; Sunfish; Channel and Flathead Catfish; Walleye; Tilapia


There 5 designated picnic tables with paved access routes. No shade ramadas.

No. of Accessible sites five paved picnic sites are fully accessible

Boating - Non-Motorized

There are no designated docks, ramps, or launch sites. Motor boats are not allowed.


Recreation Areas

Recreation Activities


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1,340 feet