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Posted: 8/17/2004 1:56:13 PM EST
I need to get out of this damn heat this weekend. Can anyone recomend some good camping spots that are 2-2.5 hrs from the east valley and have descent fishing? I usually go to the White Mtns. but it's too long of a drive. I've been to Woods Canyon and Christopher Creek, but looking for somewhere different.
Link Posted: 8/17/2004 3:58:09 PM EST

Originally Posted By azmotorsports:
I need to get out of this damn heat this weekend. Can anyone recomend some good camping spots that are 2-2.5 hrs from the east valley and have descent fishing? I usually go to the White Mtns. but it's too long of a drive. I've been to Woods Canyon and Christopher Creek, but looking for somewhere different.



Well, Willow Springs and Black Canyon lake are up the road on the 260 past Woods Canyon turn off. If you didn't know, there are 3 more lakes off the same road Woods Canyon sits on. Chevelon, Bear Canyon and Knoll lake... you just take the turn off the 260 Woods Canyon exit and proceed past the WC lake turn, it will turn to dirt and there will be signs a ways up the road.
Link Posted: 8/17/2004 4:07:40 PM EST
Mt. Lemon is up there at about 6000 feet elev. and has a lake with trout in it. really nice and woodsy up there.
Link Posted: 8/17/2004 4:20:38 PM EST
Oak Creek?
Link Posted: 8/17/2004 4:23:02 PM EST
[Last Edit: 8/17/2004 4:23:24 PM EST by azmotorsports]

Originally Posted By mindtrix:

Originally Posted By azmotorsports:
I need to get out of this damn heat this weekend. Can anyone recomend some good camping spots that are 2-2.5 hrs from the east valley and have descent fishing? I usually go to the White Mtns. but it's too long of a drive. I've been to Woods Canyon and Christopher Creek, but looking for somewhere different.



Well, Willow Springs and Black Canyon lake are up the road on the 260 past Woods Canyon turn off. If you didn't know, there are 3 more lakes off the same road Woods Canyon sits on. Chevelon, Bear Canyon and Knoll lake... you just take the turn off the 260 Woods Canyon exit and proceed past the WC lake turn, it will turn to dirt and there will be signs a ways up the road.



How much further to Chevelon, Bear Canyon and Knoll lake and is there camping around the lake like Woods Canyon?
Link Posted: 8/17/2004 4:45:58 PM EST
[Last Edit: 8/17/2004 4:49:09 PM EST by mindtrix]

Originally Posted By azmotorsports:

Originally Posted By mindtrix:

Originally Posted By azmotorsports:
I need to get out of this damn heat this weekend. Can anyone recomend some good camping spots that are 2-2.5 hrs from the east valley and have descent fishing? I usually go to the White Mtns. but it's too long of a drive. I've been to Woods Canyon and Christopher Creek, but looking for somewhere different.



Well, Willow Springs and Black Canyon lake are up the road on the 260 past Woods Canyon turn off. If you didn't know, there are 3 more lakes off the same road Woods Canyon sits on. Chevelon, Bear Canyon and Knoll lake... you just take the turn off the 260 Woods Canyon exit and proceed past the WC lake turn, it will turn to dirt and there will be signs a ways up the road.



How much further to Chevelon, Bear Canyon and Knoll lake and is there camping around the lake like Woods Canyon?



Yes there is camping at all 3 of them. Bear Canyon is the closest to WC.. its probably 3-4 miles... the others are a bit further (not too far) but its a nice scenic drive. Chevelon is in the opposite direction of BC and Knoll, but a bit further. If you follow the signs to BC, you will see a sign pointing to the lake camp ground.. if you want to, just pass that up and keep going straight and it will take you to the Knoll turn off. This is FR 300 (General Crooks Trail) and if you follow it, it will take you all the way back to Strawberry. Its a nice drive. Last time I went through there, I got to see a bunch of burned up forest near strawberry... nice view off the cliffs etc..
Link Posted: 8/17/2004 5:08:40 PM EST
mindtrix,
In your opinion which one do you prefer and why? Also is there any place to shoot on the way or around there and nobody will get pissed off?

Thanks.
cp
Link Posted: 8/17/2004 5:25:05 PM EST

Originally Posted By azmotorsports:
mindtrix,
In your opinion which one do you prefer and why? Also is there any place to shoot on the way or around there and nobody will get pissed off?

Thanks.
cp



I prefer Knoll, simply because its a bit further and alot of people don't like to go the extra distance (depending on weekend happenings). The fishing can rate from bad to good... But I mainly go there to camp and relax. There are several areas you can drive into to shoot and camp... you do not necessarily have to camp at the lake. There are several spots close enough to hike down there. As far as shooting, there are places to do so, but be careful, people will camp in strange places.
Link Posted: 8/18/2004 4:49:07 AM EST
Just go to sycamore creek and hang out with white trash, meth heads on ATVs!
Link Posted: 8/18/2004 5:26:41 AM EST
... Invest another 1.5 hours driving time and go the Big Lake area. (East fork of Black River, Sheeps Crossing, Alpine, Greer, Lower Colorado) are all also within a 45 mile radius of the beautiful lake.

... You will not be disappointed.
Link Posted: 8/18/2004 6:28:55 AM EST

Originally Posted By Winston_Wolf:
... Invest another 1.5 hours driving time and go the Big Lake area. (East fork of Black River, Sheeps Crossing, Alpine, Greer, Lower Colorado) are all also within a 45 mile radius of the beautiful lake.

... You will not be disappointed.



Is this Indian Res?
Link Posted: 8/18/2004 5:53:09 PM EST
[Last Edit: 8/18/2004 5:54:02 PM EST by Winston_Wolf]

Originally Posted By azmotorsports:

Originally Posted By Winston_Wolf:
... Invest another 1.5 hours driving time and go the Big Lake area. (East fork of Black River, Sheeps Crossing, Alpine, Greer, Lower Colorado) are all also within a 45 mile radius of the beautiful lake.

... You will not be disappointed.



Is this Indian Res?



... No Big Lake is not, some areas nearby are however. Invest in an Arizona Atlas & Gazetteer. They're very comprehensive and handy.
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