Catfish Point Campground is a semi-primitive, dispersed campground on the Verde River, just below Horseshoe Dam in Tonto National Forest. The campground provides access to fishing and boating in the Verde River as well as Horseshoe Lake, depending on water levels. Catfish Point Campground also offers scenic vistas from the surrounding Sonoran Desert Mountains. The campsites at Catfish Point are partially shaded by the mesquite trees that grow along the Verde River.

The only facilities you will find at Catfish Point Campground are a couple of vault toilets. There is a primitive boat ramp available half a mile to the north for accessing Horseshoe Lake. The Marina at Bartlett Lake offers the closest camping supplies. There are no designated campsites at Catfish Point Campground; you can pitch your tent pretty much anywhere you can find space, but the available space varies with the water level of the Verde River. Access to the campground is via a rough dirt road.

Catfish Point Campground is closed and inaccessible due to flooding when large amounts of water are released from Horseshoe Dam.

Catfish Point Campground Features

Campground Type: Dispersed, Semi-Primitive
Number of Campsites: Not Specified
Cost: $9/day via Required Tonto Pass
Use Level: Low
Dogs Allowed: Yes
Fire Rings: None
Drinking Water: None
Toilets: Yes – Vault Toilets
Showers: None
Trash/Dumpsters: None – Pack it out
Hiking Access: Yes – Limited designated trails
Beach/Lake Access: Yes – Riverside Beach
RV/Trailer Length: Not Specified
RV/Trailer Amenities: None
Cell Phone Service: None
Wifi: None
Operating Season: Campground Open Year-round

No services. PACK IT IN, PACK IT OUT. Glass containers prohibited. Bury human waste 6-8 inches and at least 200 feet away from camp, trails, water sources, and dry drainages.

Getting There

Geo Coordinates: 33.981094, -111.711413
Nearest City: Carefree, Arizona
Elevation: 1960 Feet
Location: Phoenix Area – Maricopa County, Arizona
Paved Road Access: None
Proximity to Stores: 18 miles at Bartlett Lake Marina
Directions: From Carefree, head east for 5 miles on Cave Creek Road. Turn right on to Bartlett Dam Road (FR 205). Drive for 6 miles and turn left on to Horseshoe Dam Road (Also FR 205).  Drive on the unpaved road for 10 miles to Catfish Point Campground.

Tonto Passes are required for each vehicle and watercraft. Passes can be purchased in advance online or at retail outlets. The closest retail outlets to Catfish Point Campground are Bartlett Lake Marina or the Cave Creek Ranger District office.

Pack List


Phone: (480) 595-3300 – Cave Creek Ranger District
Web: Tonto National Forest
Reservations: Not Accepted – First come / First Served

Be Sure to Bring

When To Go

Spring, Early Summer, Fall – Summer temperatures at Catfish Point Campground will exceed 100 degrees daily.

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