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Horseshoe Lake In Arizona

Horseshoe Lake, Arizona

Boating, camping and fishing.

Located northeast of Carefree, AZ, is the remote boating and fishing option, Horseshoe Lake. This is a 2,200-acre reservoir when full, and lake levels often fluctuate dramatically - often limiting boat and fishing success. The boat launch is primitive, and parking is often limited. As a result, the lake receives limited pressure. When the fishing is good, avid Horseshoe fans may have it all to themselves. Fed by the Verde River, the lake has big catfish along with bass, crappie and sunfish. The primary road to the lake ends at the boat ramp, and offers access to some shoreline for bank fishing. Other shorelines are accessible via four-wheel drive roads, or walking the lake bed when water levels are low. Note that the lake bed may be muddy and unstable for vehicles.

Area Amenities

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


There are places for primitive camping near the lake. However, the closest campground is at nearby Bartlett Lake, approximately 45 minutes away.

Horseshoe Reservoir Map


Fish species found in Horseshoe Lake include largemouth bass, smallmouth bass, channel catfish, flathead catfish, black crappie, rainbow trout and bluegill.

Largemouth bass Smallmouth bass Channel catfish Flathead catfish Black crappie Rainbow trout Bluegill

Click here for a AZ Fishing License.

Local Contact Information

Horseshoe Lake
Tonto National Forest
602 225-5200

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