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Things To Do In Rim Country, Arizona 
 
by Toni Vernetti June 21, 2005

Rim Country Lakes

Visitors to Rim Country enjoy great fishing in several of Rim Country’s woodland lakes.

  • Knoll Lake, northeast of Payson, is one of the Mogollon Rim’s finest lakes and sits at about 7300 feet in elevation. Here you can launch your boat and fish for rainbow trout or just float around the water enjoying the beautiful views. The Knoll Lake Campground features 33 units that include fire rings, grills, picnic tables, and nearby restrooms. This seasonal campground is open from Memorial Day through mid-September.
  • Bear Canyon Lake is a 65-acre, secluded, and very scenic lake about 46 miles northeast of Payson. Here you won’t find a boat launch area or any facilities but you can fish for rainbow trout, brook trout, or arctic graylings.
  • Woods Canyon Lake is a 52-acre, man-made lake that was created in 1955. Here you will find a small country store, campgrounds, boat rentals, and boat ramp. Only electric motors are allowed on the lake. This lake is stocked weekly with Rainbow Trout from May through October.
  • Willow Springs Lake was the first man-made lake on the Mogollon Rim. Here you will find Rainbow Trout, Brown Trout, and Largemouth Bass. Boat motors must be 8 horsepower or less for this lake. Campgrounds are nearby.
  • Roosevelt Lake is the biggest of six Salt River Project lakes. The Roosevelt Lake Dam was built between 1905 and 1911 and was promoted by Teddy Roosevelt. Here you will find several campgrounds and boat ramps to choose from. Visitors to Roosevelt Lake enjoy fishing for large and smallmouth bass, bluegill, channel catfish, and crappie.

To learn about more lakes in the Rim Country area, visit the Rim Country Regional Chamber of Commerce.

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