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Bear Canyon Lake and Camping Area

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A beautiful, narrow, canyon-bound lake, accessible by foot trail only, Bear Canyon Lake is one of several in a series of fishing lakes built by Arizona Game and Fish Department. Despite being several miles down a dirt road and having few amenities, it draws many visitors. The partially developed…


For Campers

  • ADA Access
  • Trash
  • Firewood Available
  • Toilets
  • Alcohol

For Vehicles

  • Sanitary Dump


  • Drive In
    Park next to your campsite


16 Reviews of Bear Canyon Lake and Camping Area

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Reviewed Sep. 26, 2020

Fun Trip Gone Eerie (9/17-9/20)

This is a beautiful camping area to spend time with family & friends. So much to do, hiking, kayaking, fishing, etc. To get there do expect about 20mins of driving on dirt roads & 10mins of bumpy rocky roads to remote camping areas. Our 1st night (Thursday night) you could hear elk…

Jon T.
Reviewed Sep. 21, 2020


Beautiful area, however lake access can be difficult. Steep trail down to the lake, and it's a bit of a hike from the camping area to even get to the trail. Would be a challenge if you want to bring paddle boards, etc. Nights were rowdy. This place feels like the Wild West. ATVs ripping around at…

Reviewed Sep. 9, 2020

Very pretty!

It was so pretty up there! Very nice place to go.

Pros: free, lots of fire wood, lake, dog friendly

Cons: dirt road getting there is awful!, super busy, very hard to get to the lake. Have to climb down a steep mountain/hill.


Bear Canyon Lake and Camping Area is located in Arizona


Just off Bear Canyon Lake, approximately 14 miles northwest of State Highway 260 on Forest Road 89. Forest Road 89 is accessed via Forest Road 300 which is located directly across from the Rim Visitor Information Station or 25 miles west of Heber, Arizona.


34.40338021283557 N
111.00992746372117 W

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