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Chevelon Lake, Arizona
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Chevelon Lake, Arizona
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Chevelon Lake, Arizona is located at 6,376 feet, in the Apache-Sitgreaves National Forest between the towns of Payson and Heber-Overgaard. It is closest to Heber; being located 15 miles southwest of Heber, on the Apache-Sitgreaves National Forest. The roads to the lake are generally closed from November to late April due to snow. A Google Earth Map search marks the center of the Chevelon Lake Dam at 34o 30' 40.91" N 110o 49' 27.24" W.

Chevelon Lake is about 208 acres in size and the average depth is about 35 feet. Its deepest place is about 80 feet. The earthen dam was constructed in 1965 on Chevelon Creek by the Arizona Game and Fish Department as part of a flood control and recreational project.

Chevelon Lake is among the most difficult lakes to access in the region. It is also the second reservoir built on Chevelon Creek, downstream from Woods Canyon Lake.

While the lake is located about 15 miles due west of Heber, reaching the lake takes some effort.

Traveling from Heber, turn north on Forest Road (FR) 504 and drive 18 miles to FR 169. Turn south (left) onto FR 169 and travel 9 miles to FR 169b. Turn east (left) on 169b and drive 2 miles to Chevelon Canyon Lake Campground. You must park your vehicle here and hike approximately ĺ of a mile down a steep, closed road to access the lake.

Coming from Payson, travel west on the Rim Road (FR 300) from Highway 260 for 8.5 miles to FR 169. The road is paved to the Woods Canyon Lake turnoff; thereafter, the road is improved gravel. Turn north (right) on FR 169 and drive 12 miles to FR 169b.

Access is restricted in the winter when roads are closed due to snow, generally November to late April.

Chevelon Lake is designated as a blue ribbon fishery because management is designed to produce large trout. Itís stocked once in spring and once in fall with fingerling rainbow trout. Chevelon Canyon Lake also contains wild brown trout that grow to trophy size.

Nearby Chevelon Canyon Campground is a primitive campground with six sites and a vault toilet. Each site has a picnic table and fire ring.

The Chevelon Crossing Campground, on FR 504 near its junction with FR 169, is another primitive campground with five sites and a toilet. Camping is free at both of these campgrounds.

Camping is free at both of these campgrounds.

Hiking down to the lake is not easy and hiking out is very difficult. This is a place that only the healthy and strong should walk into. Be Careful!

If you are planning to visit Chevelon Lake you may need to purchase some outdoor gear, boating equipment, or fishing gear.

As you know, inflatable boats, inflatable kayaks and canoes are ideal for the many of the smaller lakes, streams, and rivers found in Arizona. In some cases they are even required. Chevelon Lake MUST be fished with an inflatable boat, inflatable kayak, or canoe.

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