Parker Canyon Lake is an amazing location for those who like to fish for both warm- and cold-water species. Stocked with rainbow trout, you’ll also find resident fish, such as catfish, sunfish and bass. Head to the graveled path near the shoreline for some fantastic catfishing. Parker Canyon Lake offers many great amenities, including a paved boat ramp, fishing pier and a convenient county store where you can rent a boat, get a fishing license or stock up on supplies.
Nestled in the Canelo Hills of the high desert, Parker Canyon Lake is part of the Coronado National Forest. A day-use pass, Coronado National Forest sticker, or America the Beautiful Pass are required for entry. A valid Arizona fishing license and trout stamp are needed for all anglers 14 years of age or older. The bag and possession limit is six trout, and you are not allowed to use live bait while fishing.
Cast your line at the fishing pier, launch a ten horsepower or less boat, or hike the 5-mile trail around the lake shoreline to find your perfect spot. The trail also has interpretive signs, benches, and plenty of chances to view wildlife.
Camping is available on a hill overlooking the lake. There is a nightly fee, and there are no hook-ups. From there, you can walk or drive your boat down to the launch ramp. Given the lake’s remote location, there is generally plenty of space for peace and quiet.