Kaibab National Forest

Kaibab National Forest

Russell Tank

Opportunities for fishing on the Tusayan Ranger District are quite limited due to the lack of perennial ponds or streams. Russell Tank, which is located in the south central part of the District, is one of the few bodies of water that holds sufficient water year round to be stocked with fish (trout). However, in times of drought it will not hold enough water to allow for stocking. All Arizona State fishing regulations apply here. State law also prohibits camping within 1/4 mile of this or any other surface water.


Russell Tank can be reached by driving east on FR 320, from State route 64. (FR 320 is located approximately 11.5 miles south of the town of Tusayan or 40 miles north of the city of Williams.) Continue east on FR 320 to the FR 311 intersection. Turn north onto FR 311; the tank is along a short spur road off of FR 311.

Access is also available through Grand Canyon National Park, but an entrance fee must be paid. From the South Entrance Station follow state route 64 east toward Desert View. Two miles past Grandview Point, an Arizona Trail sign indicates a right turn on to a gravel road. This road becomes FR 310 at the Park boundary line. Folow FR 310 for 8.3 miles to FR 311. Turn right and drive 1.7 miles to the Russell Tank turn off. All roads are accessible for passenger cars in dry weather.