Canyon Creek

Area Status: Open
This area is Open

This campground of dispersed units is set in a mature stand of ponderosa pine with a mix of White and Douglas Fir. Canyon Creek is popular among anglers fishing for rainbow trout.  The Arizona Game and Fish Department Canyon Creek Fish Hatchery is nearby. The hatchery is open to the public and offers a self-guided tour of the facility.  Wildlife includes:  Abert squirrel, black bear, mountain lion, elk, turkey, and deer.

At a Glance

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Open Season: May 15
Restrictions: Artificial lures & flies only. Discarded fishing line can kill wildlife. Observe daily bag and possession limit of 2 trout, minimum size of 12 inches. Forest Roads 512, 188 and 33 are unpaved roads. Chains or four-wheel-drive are advisable after heavy rains or snows. The speckled Dace, a native minnow, and the Desert Sucker, a native sucker, are also important members of this aquatic ecosystem. No trash service: PACK IT IN, PACK IT OUT!!
Information Center: Payson Ranger District (928) 474-7900

General Information


LOCATION AND ACCESS Creek Access Point #1 (OW Ranch Area): 23 miles northeast of Young. This stream is south of Airplane Flat and Upper Canyon Creek campgrounds. From Young, take State Hwy. 288/Forest Road (FR) 512/ Young Road north for 20 miles to FR 188. Turn right onto FR 188 (unpaved). Turn left on FR 188 and follow it for 3.4 miles to the stream.

Creek Access Point #2 (OW Ranch Area): 42miles east of Payson. From Payson, travel east 33 miles on State Hwy. 260 (paved). Turn right on Young Road/FR 512 (unpaved), and drive for 5 ½ miles to FR 188 (unpaved). Turn left on FR 188 and follow it for approximately 3 ½ miles to the stream.

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  Elevation : 
6,600 feet