Alamo Lake State Park Campground is a huge state-run campground in the middle of the desert on the banks of a dammed flood control basin. While Alamo Lake is out of the way, it is popular with anglers fishing for large mouth bass, catfish, tilapia, bullhead, and carp; all of which are stocked in the lake, when it has water. Being in the desert, water is a precious resource that is only supplied by rain, so in dryer years Alamo Lake can get pretty low and sometimes be pretty much empty.
There are 394 tent and RV campsites, spread across five camping areas, at Alamo Lake State Park Campground. Fire rings, picnic table, access to drinking water, and bathrooms with pay showers. Some campsites offer partial hookups. Access to supplies is readily available in the Parker area. Limited services are available in the Wenden area.
Alamo Lake State Park Campground Features
|Number of Campsites:||394 Campsites|
|Cost:||Non-Electric sites: $15–$25.
|RV/Trailer Length:||Not Defined|
|RV/Trailer Amenities:||Some Campsites have partial hookups|
|Cell Phone Service:||None|
|Operating Season:||Campground Open Year-round|
|Geo Coordinates:||34.228036, -113.576828|
|Nearest City/Town:||Wenden, Arizona|
|Location:||La Paz County, Arizona|
|Paved Road Access:||Yes|
|Proximity to Stores:||35 Miles|
To get to Alamo Lake State Park Campground head 52 miles west on US-60 to Wenden and turn onto Alamo Lake Road. Drive for an additional 34 miles to the entrance to Alamo Lake.
|Web:||Alamo Lake Website|
|Reservations:||via Arizona State Parks|
When To Go
Early Spring – Early Summer & Fall – Alamo Lake is on the cusp of two deserts – the Mohave and the Sonoran Deserts, so it gets pretty hot in the summer, which is the low season for the area. We recommend going in spring, early summer, and fall as the days will be warm and the nights will be cooler.
What To Do
Boating – The Campground is located directly on the water and has ramps for boating.
Alamo Lake is located on the Bill Williams River at the confluence of the Big Sandy River and Santa Maria River. The lake was created in 1968 when Alamo Dam was completed by The Army Corps of Engineers. The dam is an earthen dam primarily for flood control. During flood events, the lake basin, like many in the desert, is capable of capturing large amounts of water in a relatively short time, especially in the monsoon season. Alamo Lake has recorded rising 11 vertical feet in one night, and 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.
Image Credits: Arizona State Parks