Compared to much of the West, Rim Country is fortunate to have had relatively high rainfall and snowpack over the years that has allowed our lakes to stay reasonably full. One lake in particular that is always of concern to Payson residents is C.C. Cragin Reservoir, as it provides water for our community.

Cragin is important to East Verde River anglers as well. When there is plenty of snowpack and the reservoir is full, it provides a kind of tailwater fishery to the East Verde River. The water piped from the bottom of the dam to just below Washington Park is cold, and in good years, a lot of water is released into the river for most of the year.

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