Area Status: Open

This site offers fishing, water reacreation and wildlife viewing. Four-wheel drive vehicles are recommended for access to shoreline from paved parking area. Several trails and staircases provide easy access from paved parking to shoreline reacreation.

At a Glance

Fees: No fees
Open Season: January
Restrictions: 14 day stay limit, no fees. Rules and regulations are posted. Please read and observe. Use trash receptacles, when available, or Pack it in, Pack it out. No motor boats allowed. This area is prone to flash floods. Camp out of flood areas and watch the weather carefully.
Closest Towns: Globe
Restroom: Accessible toilets
Information Center: Tonto Basin Ranger District (602) 225-5395

General Information


From Globe:  Take State Highway 188 west for 13 miles to Highway 288 junction. Turn right onto Highway 288 and continue for 4 miles to Forest Road (FR) 465. Turn left onto FR 465.


Paved roads and parking


Dispersed Camping

Please use trash receptacles when available or Pack it in Pack it out. 14 day stay limit, no motor boats allowed. No drinking water available.

Viewing Wildlife

The diverse bird population and abundance of small and large mammals make this an excellent place to observe wildlife. Great blue heron and black-crowed night heron are permanent residents.

Boating - Non-Motorized

No motor boats are permitted on the flowing portion of the Salt River.