Fool Hollow Lake Recreation Area

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Fool Hollow Lake Recreation Area


(928) 537-3680

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Imagine camping among 100-foot pine trees beside a quiet lake watching majestic great blue herons at a cool 6,300 feet in elevation. Year-round camping, fishing, picnicking, boating and wildlife viewing opportunities make Fool Hollow Lake Recreation Area a very popular place. This 800-acre, cool, country recreation area with a 150-acre lake offers history, too. The tiny town of Adair has long since been covered by the lake, but it was Thomas Westly Adair who was responsible for the name Fool Hollow. In 1885, Adair moved into the area with the intention of farming. The locals joked that only a fool would try and farm the place. The name stuck!

This state of the art recreation area, located in the Apache - Sitgreaves National Forest, opened in 1994 as a result of an innovative partnership between Arizona State Parks, the U.S. Forest Service, Arizona Game and Fish, the City of Show Low, and corporate sponsors Arizona Public Service and McCarty Construction Company.

Map of Fool Hollow Lake Rec. Area (AZ)

Latitude, Longitude: 34.262910, -110.076237



  • Camping

    Check out time is 2 pm. Site renewal fees are due by 11 am.

    Non-hook-up sites: 31 sites: Maximum of 2 vehicles and 8 adults per site. Concrete pads, fire ring and picnic table, restrooms and showers. No reservations for camping.

    Electric RV sites: 92 sites: 30 Amp service (some 50 Amp available). Can accommodate up to 40-foot rigs. Water available at all sites. Mallard and Redhead Loops also have sewer available. A maximum of 2 vehicles and 8 adults allowed per site. Call for Fees.

  • Fishing

    Show Low Creek flows into Fool Hollow Lake, providing a natural feeding ground for a variety of wildlife and a very diverse fishery. There are five fishing platforms around the lake. There are two fish cleaning station at the park.

    Fishing opportunities are abundant with rainbow trout; large and small mouth bass, black crappie, green sunfish, channel catfish, walleye and Northern pike are all present in 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.

    All Arizona boating laws apply, including PFDs, other safety equipment, registration etc.

  • Hiking

    A 1.5 mile walking trail runs along the South and West sides of the lake.

    The White Mountain Trail System consists of eleven loop trails offering over 103 miles of hiking. Access points are located within 15 miles of the recreation area in the adjacent Apache-Sitgreaves National Forest.

  • Historic Sites

    Touring available.

  • Picnicking

    Nice spots for your gathering or a picnic are available on both sides of the lake.



The park is located two miles north of US 60 off Highway 260.

From Phoenix, AZ: Head west on W Washington St toward N 1st Ave, turn right at N 7th Ave. Turn right to merge onto I-10 E toward Tucson, take exit 147A to merge onto AZ-202 Loop E, take exit 13 for Country Club Dr, turn left at AZ-87 N/N Country Club Dr. Continue to follow AZ-87 N, turn right at AZ-260 E. Turn left at W Old Linden Rd, then turn left and destination will be on the left


Closest airport is Pheonix, AZ.

Phone Numbers


(928) 537-3680