Boulder Recreation Site

Area Status: Open

Metal fishing pier shown extending out into the lake


A fishing pier is now open to the public as of August 21, 2017, at the Boulder recreation site.

Many fish-habitat structures were installed in Canyon Lake. This artificial habitat has been strategically placed to enhance fishing on the lake. There are large fish in the lake; 30-pound carp can be found. Canyon Lake has given up a 15 lb state record Largemouth and a world-record 1 lb. 11 oz. YellowBass. Arizona Game and Fish department annually stocks the lake with Rainbow Trout on a monthly basis, November to March.

At a Glance

Fees: Tonto Pass Required $8.00 per vehicle, per day; $4.00 per watercraft, per day. Recreation Fee Information
Open Season: January
Restrictions: Glass containers are not allowed in Canyon Lake area Canyon is a busy boating lake. No watercraft in Boulder Recreation Site.
Restroom: Accessible vault toilets are available April 15 – October 14, annually

General Information


This site is 15 miles northeast of Apache Junction on State Hwy. 88. From Mesa, take U.S. 60 to the Idaho Exit and go north on Hwy. 88. Prior to reaching the second bridge on Hwy. 88, turn right into the site. The entire route is paved, but it is narrow, with sharp curves and heavy traffic.

Recreation Map

Map showing recreational areas. Map Information


Lake and Pond Fishing

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

Fish Species Walleye, Largemouth Bass, Channel Catfish, Carp, Yellow Bass, Bluegill, Green Sunfish and Rainbow Trout
Accessible Platform Under most conditions Boulder Fishing Dock is accessible to wheelchair users. The trail to Boulder Fishing Dock is paved, with slopes under 5%.
Fishing Method Dock fishing

Recreation Areas

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1700 feet