Area Status: Open

Coon Bluff Rec Site
This lush area is outstanding for bird watching. Adjacent to the lower portion of the Salt River, a stand of mesquite provides welcome shade. Coon 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: Seasonal camping is currently prohibited.
Operational Hours: Day Use - year round.  Overnight camping is allowed October 1 thru March 31 on Friday and Saturday nights and Sunday nights before the following holidays:  Columbus Day, Martin Luther King Jr’s Birthday (observed), and Presidents Day (observed).  Overnight use will also be allowed on Thanksgiving Day through Saturday night.
  • 14-day stay limit.
  • Trailers under 40 feet.
  • No motor boats allowed.
  • Pets must be on leash.
  • No glass containers in the lower Salt River area.
  • Quiet hours 10:00 pm to 6:00 am (running generators are not permitted during quiet hours).
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. Day Use - Tonto Daily Pass, Tonto Discovery Pass or America the Beautiful Passes are accepted. Seasonal Overnight Camping - Tonto Daily Pass per night or Tonto Discovery Pass required.
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


Tent and Recreational Vehicle overnight camping is permitted in the Coon's Bluff recreation area in designated sites:

  • Weekends, from sunrise Friday to sunset Sunday from October 1st thru March 31st 
  • From sunrise the Wednesday before Thanksgiving to sunset the Sunday after Thanksgiving
  • When a Federal Holiday falls on a Monday, from sunrise Friday to sunset Monday
    • Columbus Day Weekend 
    • Martin Luther King Jr. Day Weekend
    • President’s Day Weekend
  • When a Federal Holiday falls on a Friday (between October 1st thru May 1st), from sunrise Thursday to sunset Sunday.
    • Christmas Day Weekend
    • New Year’s Day Weekend

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