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Guide to fishing for rainbow, brook, brown and Apache trout at Reservation Lake in Arizona.

By Rick Seaman

Reservation Lake, AZ

Nestled in the beautiful White Mountains, at an elevation of 7,195 feet, Reservation Lake is a 280-acre lake offering great trout fishing during the season (April to November). The fishery and camping is controlled by the White Mountain Apache Tribe, Game & Fish Dept. There are 60 campsites, available on a first-come, first serve basis. Fees for camping, fishing, boating are required. Anglers can fish from the bank along most of the 5 miles of shoreline, plus there is a boat launch ramp. The area is remote so bring plenty of everything you will need during your stay.

Reservation Lake, located in eastern Arizona, is a hidden gem for fishing enthusiasts seeking a tranquil and secluded fishing experience. Situated within the White Mountain Apache Reservation, the lake offers a serene setting surrounded by lush pine forests and scenic mountain views. Reservation Lake is known for its diverse fish species and excellent fishing opportunities.

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Fishing at Reservation Lake provides anglers with a chance to target various fish species. The lake is primarily stocked with rainbow trout, making it a prime destination for trout fishing. Anglers can also find other fish species such as brown trout and brook trout, adding to the diversity of fishing opportunities available. Whether you prefer fly fishing, spin casting, or bait fishing, Reservation Lake offers a range of techniques to try.

Reservation Lake in Arizona offers a diverse fishing experience, abundant trout species, non-motorized boating opportunities, and camping facilities. Whether you're casting for rainbow trout, paddling on the lake, or enjoying the tranquility of the surrounding nature, Reservation Lake provides a memorable fishing and outdoor adventure.

Primary fish species residing in Reservation Lake

Click images for fishing tips and details about each species.

Rainbow Trout Brook Trout Brown trout

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Reservation Lake Amenities

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

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Boating is allowed at Reservation Lake, providing anglers with the opportunity to explore the lake's expansive waters. Only non-motorized boats and boats with electric motors are permitted, ensuring a peaceful and undisturbed fishing environment. Anglers can paddle in canoes, kayaks, or use electric-powered boats to navigate the calm waters of Reservation Lake and access different fishing spots.

Boat Launch Ramps & Landings

Reservation Lake Campgrounds
A one-lane concrete ramp, with limited parking, is located at the southern tip of the lake, just west of the dam. Depending on water levels, there are numerous areas around the lake for primitive launching or potage of small craft.

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Camping is a popular choice for visitors to Reservation Lake who want to fully immerse themselves in the natural beauty of the area. The lake features a campground with both tent and RV sites, equipped with basic amenities such as picnic tables, fire rings, and restroom facilities. Camping near Reservation Lake allows anglers to enjoy peaceful nights under the starry sky and have easy access to the lake for early morning or late evening fishing sessions. The scenic beauty of Reservation Lake adds to the overall fishing experience.

Campgrounds & RV Parks Nearby

Reservation Lake Campground - 928 338-4385

Reservation Lake AZ Map - Fishing & Camping Areas

Contact Information

Reservation Lake
White Mountain Apache Tribe
Game & Fish Department

928 338-4385


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