Dead Horse Ranch Lake Fishing Guide

Dead Horse Ranch Lake State Park covers 423 acres and is at 3,300 foot elevation accounts for the mild temperatures that are ideal for camping and fishing in the Coconino National Forest.

Catfish are usually stocked twice a year here at Dead Horse Ranch Lake. The National Fishing Day is in June each year and the Verde River Day is the last Saturday in September.

Trout are also stocked here every other week from early November through late March. Go to the Arizona Game & Fish schedules stocking schedule to learn more.

Popular Types of Fish at Dead Horse Ranch

Dead Horse Ranch Lake offers a wide variety of fish for Anglers such as Largemouth bass, rainbow trout, channel catfish, bluegill, green sunfish, and an occasional crappie.

Highly Recommended Bait, Tackle & Gear for Dead Horse Lake

Directions to Dead Horse Lake

From Interstate 17 go West at Exit 287 (Highway 260 toward Cottonwood). Continue approximately 11 miles to Main Street in Cottonwood (Hwy 89A) and turn left. Continue through Cottonwood on Main Street (the street will gradually curve to the left). Turn right (North) on North 10th Street. You'll see a brown information sign for the park before the 10th Street turn.