Alamo Lake State Park
Cholla Ramp & Main Ramp Are Both Closed
The Cholla Ramp and the Main Ramp are both currently closed as of July 24, 2014. All boats must launch using the old rental boat road. Sorry, no EXCEPTIONS. Any questions please call the park at (928) 669-2088.
Restriction Notice: No Water Skiing or Towable Devices
Due to very low water levels, the Arizona Game and Fish Department is temporarily closing Alamo Lake to all water skiing and towable devices effective April 30, 2014. The lake’s diminishing water level has exposed many partially submerged trees, rock outcroppings and other hazards, making this closure necessary for public safety.
The upper portion of Alamo Lake is permanently closed to skiing for similar reasons. Arizona Game & Fish is temporarily expanding the existing closure area for water skiing and the use of towable devices to include the entire lake. All other watercraft use remains available to the public during this closure. A sign alerting boaters to the closure is being placed at the main access road in Wenden (approximately 35 miles before the lake), as well as at each shoreline access road at the lake.
“The closure to water skiing and other towable devices on Alamo Lake is considered temporary,” said Ron Christofferson, boating facilities program manager for Arizona Game & Fish. “This temporary designation will be rescinded once the danger to the public is alleviated by higher water levels.”
Alamo Lake Now Offers 24/7 Online Campground Reservations!
Reserve a campground RV or tent site from the comfort of your home, anytime of day. Make online reservations Site reservations for this park are also available by calling the Reservation Center at (520) 586-2283. You can call 7 days a week, from 8 am to 5 pm MST. There is a $5 non-refundable reservation fee per site.
New! Long Term Camping Reservations
Camping at Alamo Lake State Park offers incredible star viewing opportunities.
Alamo Lake State Park is one of the best places to fish for bass in Arizona. The crystal clear lake is surrounded by mountainous terrain speckled with brush, wildflowers and cacti making for a visually pleasing experience. The park has good wildlife viewing opportunities, and you may spot a bald or golden eagle. 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 waterfowl, foxes, coyotes, mule deer and wild burros. Stargazers are sure to enjoy the amazing views 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.
- Alamo Lake
- Buckskin Mountain
- Cattail Cove
- Lake Havasu
- River Island
- Yuma Quartermaster Depot
- Yuma Territorial Prison
- Dead Horse Ranch
- Fort Verde
- Red Rock
- Riordan Mansion
- Slide Rock
- Verde River Greenway
- Boyce Thompson Arboretum
- Fool Hollow Lake
- Lost Dutchman
- Lyman Lake
- Tonto Natural Bridge