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AKA: Horseshoe Reservoir

Fishing for largemouth bass, smallmouth bass, channel catfish, flathead catfish, black crappie, rainbow trout and bluegill at Horseshoe Lake in Arizona.

Located northeast of Carefree, AZ, Horseshoe Lake is a 2,200-acre reservoir when full. Lake levels often fluctuate dramatically - often limiting access 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.

Primary fish species residing in Horseshoe Lake

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

Horseshoe Lake 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

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Campgrounds & RV Parks Nearby

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

Horseshoe Lake AZ Map - Fishing & Camping Areas

Contact Information

Horseshoe Lake
Tonto National Forest
602 225-5200

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At times, Horseshoe is the hidden gem of bass fishing in Central AZ.

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