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Guide to fishing for rainbow trout and brown trout at Chevelon Canyon Lake in Arizona.

By Rick Seaman

Chevelon Canyon Lake, AZ

A quality trout lake in northern Arizona, Chevelon Canyon Lake is a walk-in lake with 200 surface-acres. Boat motors are restricted to 8 HP or less. Canoes, kayaks and small aluminum boats are the best option here. Boats, electric motors and all gear has to be carried down to the lake - and of course, carried back up. The path from the parking area is steep and a little over a half-mile hike, so plan wisely. Because of the hiking required, the lake gets limited pressure. As a result the trout tend to run larger than lakes with easy access. This is a place to catch a monster brown trout. Early and late summer are the best times to go. There is no fee for camping. Campsites are available on a first-come, first served basis.

Chevelon Canyon Lake, located in northeastern Arizona, is a hidden gem for fishing enthusiasts seeking a secluded and scenic fishing experience. Nestled within the stunning Mogollon Rim, the lake offers pristine waters and breathtaking surroundings, making it a haven for anglers and nature lovers alike. Chevelon Canyon Lake is primarily known for its trout fishing opportunities.

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Trout fishing at Chevelon Canyon Lake is a favorite activity for many anglers. The lake is regularly stocked with rainbow trout, providing ample opportunities to catch these beautiful and hard-fighting fish. Anglers can try various fishing techniques, including fly fishing, spin casting, and bait fishing, to entice a bite from the lake's trout population. The tranquil waters and abundance of natural food sources create an ideal habitat for trout, enhancing the chances of a successful fishing outing.

Primary fish species residing in Chevelon Canyon Lake

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Rainbow trout Brown trout

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Chevelon Canyon Lake Amenities

Marina: NO
Boat Rental: NO
Boat Launch Ramp: NO
Campgrounds: YES
RV Hookups: NO
Lodging: NO
Convenience Store: NO
Bait & Tackle: NO
Restaurant: NO

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Boating at Chevelon Canyon Lake is allowed, but it is important to note that there are restrictions in place. Only small boats with electric motors or non-motorized watercraft are permitted, preserving the serene and untouched nature of the lake. This restriction ensures that the lake remains a peaceful and pristine environment for anglers and other outdoor enthusiasts.

Camping at Chevelon Canyon Lake is a popular option for those looking to fully immerse themselves in the natural beauty of the area. The lake offers a scenic campground where visitors can set up tents or park their RVs. The campground provides basic amenities such as picnic tables, fire rings, and vault toilets, allowing campers to enjoy a comfortable outdoor experience while being surrounded by the picturesque landscape.

Campgrounds & RV Parks Nearby

Chevelon Canyon Lake Campground - 928 535-7300

Chevelon Canyon Lake AZ Map - Fishing & Camping Areas

Contact Information

Chevelon Canyon Lake
U S Forest Service
Black Mesa Ranger District
928 535-7300


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Chevelon Canyon Lake in Arizona.

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Chevlon is a trout haven, often turning out big browns and quality rainbows to those willing to make the hike.

Fishing at Chevelon Canyon Lake, in Arizona.