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|
|Toilets:||Yes – Vault Toilets|
|Trash/Dumpsters:||None – Pack it out|
|Hiking Access:||Yes – Limited designated trails|
|Beach/Lake Access:||Yes – Riverside Beach|
|RV/Trailer Length:||Not Specified|
|Cell Phone Service:||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.
|Geo Coordinates:||33.981094, -111.711413|
|Nearest City:||Carefree, Arizona|
|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.
|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.