Ocotillo Boat Launch


Area Status: Open

Ocotillo Boat Launch

Fishing, kayaking and launching your boat on Horseshoe Reservoir are some of the many recreational activities to enjoy during your visit. When water levels are low, families can enjoy their day at the shoreline. Ocotillo’s boating site offers gorgeous vistas of the surrounding mountains that may reflect in the water on a clear day. It will not accommodate larger boats. Horseshoe Reservoir is ideal for anglers. Review-At-A-Glance below for more details about this site. 

At a Glance

Operational Hours: All Day
Open Season: Year-round, as water levels permit.
Restrictions: Stay limit 14 days, Use of motorized watercraft on flowing portions of the Verde River is prohibited. Before considering boating at Horseshoe Lake, please check the water level at SRP website. This ramp is steep and only suitable for small boats and 4-wheel-drive vehicles. The area adjacent to Ocotillo Boating Site is a “No wake” area. Please observe buoys. During low water periods, Ocotillo Ramp will be closed. It can be unusable for long periods of time. Only boat motors 25 horse power or less allowed on lake. Watch for driftwood on the lake when boating. Not recommended for trailers over 40 feet. Speed limit 20 mph.
Closest Towns: Carefree, Cave Creek
Water: Not Available
Restroom: None
Passes: No passes or fees required for this site.
Information Center: Cave Creek Ranger District (480)-595-3300

General Information

Directions:

This site is 23 miles northeast of Carefree. From Carefree, take Cave Creek Road for 7 miles to Bartlett Dam Road and continue for 6 miles to the junction of FR 205 and FR 19. At this junction, FR 205 turns left and becomes an unmaintained unpaved road. Follow FR 205 for 10 miles towards Horseshoe Reservoir.  View and download a map.


Recreation Map

Map showing recreational areas. Map Information

Activities

Dispersed Camping

No designated camp units, tables, grills, or ramadas. No trash services. PACK IT IN, PACK IT OUT.

Lake and Pond Fishing

Fish Species: Large and Smallmouth Bass; Crappie; Sunfish; Channel and Flathead Catfish


 

Picnicking

No services.

Boating - Motorized

Ocotillo Boating Site is the only boat ramp on the entire reservoir. It will not accommodate larger boats. Speed limit 20 mph.
Trailer Parking Not recommended for trailers over 40 feet.
Launch Ramps Paved boat launch
Size Restrictions Small boat only
Motor Type Only motors with 25 horse power or less allowed on lake
Corrals Small boat only

Boating - Non-Motorized

Ocotillo Boating Site is the only boat ramp on the entire reservoir. It will not accommodate larger boats. Speed limit 20 mph.
Launch Ramps Paved boat launch
Size Restrictions Small boats only
Corrals Small boats only

Recreation Areas

Recreation Activities

Location

 
  Latitude : 
33.987726

  Longitude : 
-111.724564

  Elevation : 
1,900 feet