Santa Catalina Mountains, Pima County, Arizona, United States
Rose Canyon Lake is located northeast of Tucson, Arizona in the Santa Catalina Mountains near Mount Lemmon. Rose Canyon Lake is the only lake in the Santa Catalina District that is managed for recreational fishing. It is relatively small (7 acres) and is tucked away in a picturesque stand of mature ponderosa pines high on the slopes of the Santa Catalina Mountains. A paved road through Rose Canyon Campground leads to a small parking area a short walk from the water. Anglers fish in the lake throughout the summer, though rainbow trout are stocked only during the cooler months of the season. Fish large enough to catch and take home generally are released in the lake about once a month from early May through the end of June, when water temperatures become a little too warm for these cold water fish. In mid-September, stocking resumes after water temperatures moderate a bit and continues for another couple of months. All stocking and fishing regulations for Rose Canyon lake, as well as all the other lakes within the Coronado are managed by Arizona Game and Fish.
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The lake offers recreational fishing. This 7 acre lake is tucked away in a picturesque stand of mature ponderosa pines high on the slopes of the Santa Catalina Mountains.
A paved road through
Rose Canyon Campground
leads to a small parking area, a short walk from the water. Rainbow trout large enough to catch and take home generally are released in the lake about once a month from early April through the end of August, when water temperatures become a little too warm for these cold water fish. All stocking and fishing regulations for Rose Canyon lake, as well as all the other lakes within the Coronado, are managed by Arizona Game and Fish, which publishes the current
stocking schedule .
This is a beautiful place, and many people come here to enjoy the other features that it offers in addition to fishing. Tall trees and rocky slopes line the shore and are reflected in the lake’s sheltered waters. Rose Canyon Lake Trail #37 leads around the water’s edge and provides good opportunities for photography, bird watching, and just plain strolling. A few downed logs close to the water provide good places to sit and enjoy a snack or a bit of quiet meditation.
At a Glance Current Conditions:
Opening and Closing are weather dependent.
During the winter season the gate will be closed requiring you to walk in.
During the winter, gates are closed to the lake. Fishing is still possible with a valid fishing license by walk in only from the road.
Lake parking day use is $10.00 per day. Due to the lake being managed by a concessioners the Senior/Access pass will not be accepted for day use.
Open Season: April - October Restrictions:
Arizona Game and Fish regulations apply. A valid fishing license is required. Lake is to be stocked around 6/8/15, 7/6/15, 8/10/15, 8/31/15. No swimming, boats or camping at the lake. Dogs must be on a leash.
Northeast of Tucson, between mile posts 17 and 18 on the Catalina Highway.
Water: Drinking water. Restroom: Toilets Operated By:
Santa Catalina Ranger District
Santa Catalina Ranger District 520-749-8700
General Information Directions:
From the intersection of Grant Road and Tanque Verde Road. Head east on Tanque Verde Road approximately 5 miles to the intersection of Tanque Verde Road and Catalina Highway. Turn left heading north and continue 17 miles up Catalina Highway to Rose Canyon Campground. It is clearly marked and the campground is on the left.
Lake Parking/Day Use Fee:
$10.00 up to 6 people per vehicle. ONLY at the lake you can purchase an Annual Day Use Pass for $60.00. Extra Person, Walk-in, Bicycle cost 1.00 per person.
Near the lake you will find Rose Canyon Campground.
There are 43 sites that will be available for camping on a first come first service basis. Starting April 1, 2016, there will be 30 assigned tent/RV sites that can be reserved through
or by phone at 1-877-444-6777. These sites do not have hookups. Water is available at the campground. The Campground will accept the “America the Beautiful” Senior and Access pass for fifty percent off
camping only. (The concessionaire will not accept the “America the Beautiful” pass for day use at the lake.)
$22.00 up to 6 people per vehicle/per night. Extra vehicle cost $9.00.
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