Due to construction, access to the north lake, ballfields and other portions of Eldorado Park will be restricted until early fall 2024. To learn more, visit our project website at Indian Bend Wash - Repair Lakes and Irrigation.


Chaparral Lake and Eldorado's North Lake are stocked by AZ Game & Fish throughout the year. During the cooler months, October to March, the lake is stocked twice each month with trout (11 to 14 inches each - bag limit four fish). During the warmer months, April to July and September to October, the lake is stocked twice each month with catfish (1.5 to 2 pounds each - bag limit four fish). There are also periodic stockings of sunfish (four to nine inches each - bag limit 10 fish) throughout the year. Stockings cease in late July to early September due to excessive temperatures.

Fishing Fee and License

At Chaparral Lake and Eldorado North Lakes: Anyone age 9 or under does not need an urban fishing license; anyone 10 and up must have one of the following licenses:

  • Community Fishing
  • General Fishing
  • Youth Combination Hunt and Fish (ages 10-17)
  • Combination Hunt and Fish (18 and over)

Licenses can be purchased at AZ Game & Fish or sporting good stores.


Boating is only permitted at Chaparral Lake and McKellips Lake. Boating refers to canoes, row boats (including kayaks), boats with electric motors and sailboats; no inflatable rafts or gas-powered boats. There must be a US Coast Guard Approved flotation device nearby and there must be one per person in the boat although it does not necessarily have to be worn.

Last Updated: Jul 8, 2024

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