Parker Canyon Lake

Parker Canyon Lake is located in southeastern Arizona, 28 miles (45 km) southwest of Sierra Vista around the Huachuca Mountains and about 5 miles (8.0 km) north of the border with Mexico. The lake is a reservoir formed by a dam in Parker Canyon in the south end of the Canelo Hills in southwestern Cochise County. Parker Canyon is a tributary to the Santa Cruz River in the San Rafael Valley. The facilities are maintained by Coronado National Forest division of the USDA Forest Service.

Parker Canyon Lake
LocationCochise County, Arizona, United States
Coordinates31°25′37″N 110°27′19″W
Primary inflowsParker, Merritt, and Collins Canyons
Primary outflowsParker Canyon
Basin countriesUnited States
Surface area125 acres (51 ha)
Average depth40 ft (12 m)
Max. depth60 ft (18 m)
Surface elevation5,400 ft (1,600 m)

Fish species

Parker Canyon Lake is stocked with rainbow trout once a month from October to March. The lake was stocked with channel catfish which now hold a reproducing population. The rest of the fish assemblage consist of largemouth bass, bluegill, green sunfish, redear sunfish, black bullhead, yellow bullhead, and mosquitofish. Northern pike, which were recently abundant, recently vanished in that past few years. Other fish that were stocked but didn't establish or their stockings ceased to exist include coho salmon, red shiners, fathead minnows, and threadfin shad.[1]


  • Information and Education Division (2007), Arizona Fishin' Holes, Phoenix, AZ: Arizona Game and Fish Department

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