Beautiful trail walks, scenic hikes, birdwatching and wildlife observation, photography, trout fishing, creek swimming and relaxation. Nearby in Flagstaff and Sedona are golf, horseback riding, tennis, spas, restaurants, museums, theaters, and art galleries. We are an easy drive to the Grand Canyon, Painted Desert, Antelope Canyon, Walnut Canyon, Montezuma Castle, Tuzigoot National Monument and the bustling “ghost” town of Jerome, or a longer day trip to Navajo and Hopi country, Monument Valley and the Petrified Forest.
Oak Creek has wonderful fishing opportunities and is home to rainbow and brown trout, largemouth and smallmouth bass, rock bass, and channel catfish. Every week from March through the fall, the creek throughout Oak Creek Canyon is stocked with rainbow trout. There is a section of the creek that is a catch-and-release only zone, which Forest Houses Resort is inside of. This stretch of Oak Creek is from the crossing at West Fork (one mile north of us) to the crossing at Junipine Resort (one mile south of us). In this zone, you must catch-and-release only using flies and lures with a single barbless hook. Because these waters are protected, there are many fine sized trout here at Forest Houses Resort.
You do need a fishing license to do any fishing, including catch-and-release. Those who do not need a license are anyone under 10 years old and blind residents of Arizona. For one day, the cost is $15 for Arizona residents and $20 for non-residents. For a year license, the cost is $37 for Arizona residents and $55 for non-residents. If you are over 65 years old, have been an Arizona resident for at least 25 years, you may purchase a lifetime license for $10.
The easiest place to purchase these licenses are online at the Arizona Game and Fish Department website and print it out. Click here to see the fishing regulations, different license types, and to purchase the license. You can also purchase the licenses at many vendors throughout Arizona. In Sedona, the Bashas’ grocery store, the Weber IGA grocery store, and the Recreation Resource Management office sells them.
To visit the Sedona/Oak Creek Canyon Chamber of Commerce, click here.
To visit the Flagstaff Chamber of Commerce, click here.
To visit the Grand Canyon’s web site, click here.