RIM COUNTRY LAKES

Arizona’s Rim Country is an outdoor paradise waiting to be explored. The lakes in the Rim Country are truly the centerpieces to a landscape that rivals any other outdoor get-away. 

Green Valley Lake

Green Valley Lake is actually three lakes which are part of a 45-acre park located at the west end of Main Street in Payson, Arizona. As part of the Arizona Game and Fish Department's urban fishing program, the three lakes are stocked with rainbow trout from October to May. The program provides convenient, affordable, and fun fishing for anglers of all ages and abilities.

Bear Canyon Lake

A fisherman’s favorite.  The 60-acre lake holds rainbows, brookies, cutthroat, and arctic grayling. A steep trail limits access to the hardy, just right for keeping the crowds down. The contrast between the blue water and green pines is absolutely stunning.

Black Canyon Lake


A lake, where bank casting after rainbows and browns, is a productive way to spend a day. The lake has a paved ramp and campground nearby. One veteran angler says he has never been “skunked” here.  Located 18 miles Southwest of Heber on Arizona 260, FR300 & FR86 at an elevation of 7100 feet. 

Blue Ridge Resevoir

A narrow man-made lake that covers 200 acres when full. Rainbows and browns abound in the lake. Always a good bet early in the spring.

Chevelon Lake

Is one of the largest but most difficult to access. Its 200 acres, however, wind through ruggedly beautiful canyon walls. The biggest fish on top of the Rim live in Chevelon.  

Knoll Lake

At nearly 8,000 feet, this lake covers 75 acres. Features stocked rainbows and browns plus a campground. You can fish from the shoreline that runs from the boat ramp toward the island. The cove just beyond is good, too. 

Willow Springs Lake

Has outstanding access, a paved ramp, and a campground nearby. Fish the upper ends of the two long coves that form the “Y” in the lake for rainbows and brown trout.  From Payson travel east on SR 260 towards Heber. At the top of the rim turn left onto FR 149 (Willow Springs Lake turnoff) about 1 mile past Woods Canyon Lake turnoff (FR 300). 1 mile to lake. 

Woods Canyon Lake

Dammed in 1956, Woods Canyon Lake is one of the most popular recreations areas in all of Arizona. Features boat rentals, picnic area, five campgrounds, and nature trails. Stocked with catchable trout. Best in spring and fall. 

Roosevelt Lake

While not a Rim Lake, it is one of Arizona’s favorite water play grounds. Located 35 miles southeast of Payson, it covers 19,000 surface acres and is 25 miles long and up to two miles wide. The lake is home to large and small mouth bass, crappie, channel, and flathead catfish. It is also a playground for water skiing, sailing, wind surfing, jet skiing, and swimming. Camping facilities abound in the area. 

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