Chevelon Canyon Lake

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Chevelon Canyon Lake
Location Coconino County, Arizona, United States
Coordinates 34°30′40″N 110°49′30″W / 34.51111°N 110.82500°W / 34.51111; -110.82500Coordinates: 34°30′40″N 110°49′30″W / 34.51111°N 110.82500°W / 34.51111; -110.82500
Type reservoir
Primary inflows Chevelon Creek
Primary outflows Chevelon Creek
Basin countries United States
Surface area 208 acres (84 ha)
Average depth 35 ft (11 m)
Max. depth 80 ft (24 m)
Surface elevation 6,368 ft (1,941 m)

Chevelon Canyon Lake is a small reservoir located in northern Arizona, about 15 mi (24 km) west of the city of Heber. It is one in a series of small, canyon-bound lakes located on the Mogollon Rim, collectively referred to as the Rim Lakes. It is among the most difficult to access in the region. It is also the second reservoir on Chevelon Creek, downstream from Woods Canyon Lake. Chevelon Creek drains to the northeast all the way to the Little Colorado River.

Chevelon Canyon Lake is small and moderately deep, having an average depth of 35 ft (11 m) and a surface area of 208 acres (84 ha). The long, narrow lake is formed by an earthen dam impounding the Chevelon Creek in the eponymous Chevelon Canyon. It was constructed in 1965 as part of a flood control and recreational project.

The lake, in spite of its relative proximity to the town of Heber, is only accessible via 30 mi (48 km) of unpaved forest road, much of which is difficult or impossible to pass due to heavy winter snowfalls between November and April. There is no direct road access to the lake, the final .75 mi (1.21 km) segment being closed to vehicular access and requires a short hike. As the road does not access the lake, boating is limited to small, light canoes or personal flotation devices that can be carried in.[1]

Amenities are limited to primitive campsites.[2] In spite of the lake's remoteness and lack of access, it is a premier fishing location due to its stock of rainbow and brown trout.[3] The facilities are maintained by Apache-Sitgreaves National Forests division of the USDA Forest Service.

Fish species



  • "Arizona Fishin' Holes". Phoenix, AZ: Arizona Game and Fish Department. 2007.


  1. ^ "Chevelon Canyon Lake" (PDF). Arizona Game and Fish Department. Retrieved 2008-05-17.
  2. ^ "Chevelon Canyon Lake". United States Forest Service. Retrieved 2008-05-27.
  3. ^ "Mogollon Rim". Arizona Game and Fish Department. Retrieved 2008-05-27.

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