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Alamo Lake State Park

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All Year
Days Limit
Trailer Limit
GPS Location
34 14 02N
Amenities Potable Water
Waste Disposal
Store Nearby
Campsite Grills
Campsite Tables
Fire Rings
Utility Hookups
(928) 669-2088
At Store
Fishing Supplies
At Store
Gas & Propane
Visitor Center
On premesis
Fish Species Rainbow Trout
Cutthroat Trout
Brook Trout
Brown Trout
Apache Trout
Yellow Bass
Flathead Catfish
Yellow Perch
Redear Sunfish
Green Sunfish
Northern Pike
Channel Catfish
Smallmouth Bass
Largemouth Bass
Striped Bass
White Bass
Arctic Grayling
Fly and Lure Only
Body of Water Depth
Catch and Release Areas
Boats Allowed
Motor Limit
Boat Rentals


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Alamo Lake State Park is one of Arizona's best kept secrets. The stark desert beauty is reflected off the water. Cacti dot the mountainous landscape that surround the lake. Nestled in the Bill Williams River Valley away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life, Alamo Lake State Park offers outdoor fun, premier bass fishing, rest and relaxation. For nature lovers, spring rains bring an abundance of wild flowers and the lake environment attracts a variety of wildlife year round, including bald and golden eagles, waterfowl, foxes, coyotes, mule deer and wild burros. Stargazers are sure to enjoy the unbelievable view of the night sky with the nearest city lights some forty miles away!

Alamo Lake, located on the Bill Williams River where the Big Sandy River and Santa Maria River come together, was created with the completion of Alamo Dam in 1968. The Army Corps of Engineers designed the earthen dam primarily for flood control. During flood events, the lake basin is capable of “capturing” large amounts of water in a relatively short time. The lake has been recorded rising 11 vertical feet in one night! Unusually high flows during the late 1970s and through the 1980s have increased the average size of the lake, helping to create one of Arizona's best fishing holes.

Fishing tournaments are common at the lake and anglers have an excellent opportunity to catch bluegill, largemouth bass, channel catfish, and black crappie. Remember, the desert can be harsh and dangerous, but it is also very fragile. Help us protect it, and yourself, by camping in the designated camp areas and keeping vehicles on maintained roadways.

Park Rules

Help protect the park. Please be aware of the following park rules:

  • Camping is only permitted in designated sites. Maximum length of stay is 15 days.
  • Quiet hours are from 10 pm to 6 am.
  • Fires are only allowed at campsites in designated fire rings.
  • Littering is unlawful. Trash should be packed out and disposed of properly.
  • All dogs must be kept on leashes. Please pick up after your pet.
  • Drive only on designated roads.
  • OHVs must be licensed and street legal.
  • Limit of two vehicles per site.
  • Park fees are per vehicle.
  • Leave something in your site to demonstrate occupancy at all times or site maybe forfeited.
  • No reserving, paying for or saving sites for people who are not in the park. First come first served. Violators are subject to eviction.
  • The use of firearms and weapons is prohibited.
  • Vehicles arriving prior to 6 am (Arizona Time) must pay for previous night.

Visitor Center

The Visitor Center is open from 8 am – 5 pm daily.


Restrooms are located in each campground, at the Visitor Center, and at each boat ramp. All restroom are handicap accessible.

Bait / Park Store

On January 2, 2009, Alamo Lake's new Bait / Park Store opened. The Park Store carries fishing and camping item like fishing licenses, boating supplies (boating flags, life jackets, boat cushions, ropes, anchors, battery clamps, etc.), and firewood. We also have great park specific items like shirts and hats, patches, walking sticks, pins, books, and more. In addition, we offer a nice line of souvenir items.

Food items for sale include ice cream, soda, water, milk, eggs, canned vegetables, candy bars, condiments, hot dogs & buns, marshmallows & graham crackers, personal hygiene items, and more. The store also plans on selling Gasoline in the near future.


Interpretive exhibits are located inside the park office.

Group: Day Use Areas

The group day use areas have one 60 x 20 foot Ramada with one barbeque grill for use. There is a $10 per day reservation fee for this area, and $5 per vehicle day use fee. For reservation call the park at (928) 669–2088.

We have two group ramadas for day use. One south of Campground A and one in Campground E. The site in the group campground can be used for extremely large groups, contact the park for details.

Group: Camping Sites

The group camping area has one 60 x 20 foot Ramada with one barbeque grill for use. There is a vault toilet, along with four chemical toilets located in the group use area. There is a $25 per day reservation fee for this area, and  $10 per vehicle per night camping fee. This area can accommodate vehicles up to 60 foot long. For reservation call the park at (928) 669–2088.

Camping Sites

Dry camping is located in Campgrounds D & E. Each site has a picnic table and fire ring. The fee is $10 a night per vehicle. There are vault and chemical toilets loctated through out the campgrounds.

Also Campground A has 21 sites available while Campground B has 15 sites (#28-42). These sites are $12 per night. 

RV Sites

There are 19 full hook-up sites with 50 amp electric, water and sewer located in the Main Campground. Each site has a picnic table and a fire ring. There is no limit to maximum RV length at these sites.

Additional sites have 30/50 amp electric and water at each site. Campgound B has 27 electric sites. The Ramada Area has 12 electric sites. Cholla Campground area has 41 electric sites (30 amp). Each site has a picnic table and a fire ring. 

Dump Station

There are two dump stations at the park. One is located at the Cholla campground, and the other is located in the main campground.


Showers are located in camp areas A, C,  and in the main campground.

Picnic Areas/Shelters

Gruop Ramadas are located in camp areas A and E.


Although there are not specific bike trails, cyclists use bikes to explore the park.


Alamo lake has large mouth bass, crappie, red eared sun fish, channel cat fish, Tilapia, and blue gill.

A valid Arizona fishing license is required for anglers fourteen and older. Licensing information is available online at Arizona Game & Fish, or purchase a fishing license at a local dealer.


This park has swimming, but no beaches. No lifeguard on duty. Swimming is at your own risk.

Boat Ramp

There are two paved boat ramps in the park. One is located in the Cholla campground and the other is located in the main campground.

Non-Motorized Watercraft

Non-motorized boats may launch at either boat ramp.

Wildlife Viewing

Although there is a variety of wildlife around the park, wild burros, coyote, eagles, pelicans, and Great Blue Herons are the most common. 

Alamo Lake State Park has two seasons: Hot and cold.

From June until September the temps can go from 100° to 118° in the day with lows in the upper 90s. It's usually over 100°. This is the time to bring sun block and shade. Some years are pleasant and we do not see the 100° mark until June; and other years we've seen it hit 100-plus in May. Although this is also monsoon season in Arizona we do not see much rain at the park. Humidity yes, rain no.  

October through November bring more pleasant temperatures with highs in the 80s and lows in the 50s. From December until April you can count on 60° to 70° days with lows in the 30s and even 20s. Always be prepared with extra clothing.  





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