Alamo Lake State Park

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Alamo Lake State Park

Arizona

(928) 669-2088

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Overview

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! The park also hosts an annual star party.

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 1970's and through the 1980's 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 protect it, and yourself, by camping in the designated camp areas and keeping vehicles on maintained roadways.

There are exhibits in the visitor center. A 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. The store also sells, food, personal hygiene items, books and souvenir items.

Recreation at this Army Corps of Engineers lake is managed by Arizona State Parks.

Map of Alamo Lake (AZ)

Latitude, Longitude: 34.234938, -113.554645

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Activities

  • Boating

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

    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 boats may launch at either boat ramp.

  • Bicycling

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

  • Camping

    The park has several campgrounds, with sites ranging from primitive to paved RV sites with water, electric, and sewer hook-ups.

  • Fishing

    Alamo Lake has large mouth bass, crappie, red eared sun fish, channel cat fish, Tilapia, and blue gill. Fishing tournaments are common at the lake.

    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.

  • Picnicking

    Group picnic ramadas are located in camp areas A and E.

  • RVing

    The campground can accommodate RVs. There is also a dump station.

  • Water Sports

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

  • Wildlife Watching

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

Seasonality/Weather

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 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, there is not 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, count on 60° to 70° days with lows in the 30s and even 20s. Always be prepared with extra clothing.

Park Partners

Arizona State Parks Foundation

Founded in June 2004, the Arizona State Parks Foundation (ASPF) is a force and focus for raising funds and friends to benefit the 30 parks, historic sites and scenic natural areas that comprise Arizona State Parks.

As a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization, ASPF stands as the partner to assist Arizona State Parks in fulfilling its mission through education, community participation and financial support.

ASPF does this by promoting the acquisition, preservation and maintenance of natural, scenic, recreation and historic structures of exceptional value to the citizens of Arizona. It also serves as the foremost advocate for state parks in government forums, at local community levels and through the media.

(602) 920-4505

Directions

Driving

From the city of Wenden, AZ: go north 38 miles on Alamo Dam Road to reach Alamo Lake State Park. The park is located 38 miles north of Wenden and US 60.

From Phoenix, AZ: Head west on W Washington St toward N 1st Ave, then turn right at N 7th Ave, turn left to merge onto I-10 W toward Los Angeles. Take exit 69 for Ave 75 E and turn right at Avenue 75 E, turn left at Salome Rd, turn right at Centennial Park Rd. Turn right at US-60 E, and take the 1st left onto 2nd St/Cunningham Pass Rd (signs for Alamo Lake)

Flying

Nearest airport is Phoenix.

Phone Numbers

Primary

(928) 669-2088

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