Kaibab National Forest

Kaibab National Forest

Cataract Lake

This popular fishing lake is located in the Williams District, conveniently close to the town of Williams. It is stocked with rainbow and brown trout and has some nice channel cat as well. There is a cement boat launch ramp and boats with either single electric or gasoline motors up to 8 horsepower are permitted.

If the fish aren't biting, you might want to take a ride on the Bill Williams Scenic Loop Drive. Also nearby are the Bill Williams Mtn. Trail and Historic Route 66 mountain bike ride at Devil Dog Road.

Check out our Cataract Lake Campground page for more information on developed campsites. Additional information is available at the Visitors Center or Williams Ranger District Office.

Location: About 1 mile west of Williams. Elevation: 6825 feet

Season of Use: May - October, or as weather permits.

Facilities: There are 18 campsites with picnic tables and fire rings (fee for camping). Pit toilets are provided, and drinking water is available but limited. There is a concrete boat-launch ramp. Power boats can have only single electric motors or single gasoline engines of 8 HP or less.

williams Ranger District
742 South Clover Road
Williams, Arizona 86046
Telephone: 928-635-5600


From I-40, take exit 161; turn right onto Golf Course Drive if coming from the east or left if coming from the west. After passing under the railroad tracks, turn right immediately and go about 1 mile to the campground entrance on your left. The road is paved and open year-round. A short walk to the lake is required in the winter when the campground is closed. The boat ramp area is closed in winter.

From Railroad Ave. in Williams, turn north (right) on 7th St. to Cataract Road. Turn left and follow Cataract Road west about 1 mile, go under the I-40 underpass to the campground entrance on your right. Not accessible for large RVs.