Bartlett Flats Campground is a dispersed campground on the shore of Bartlett Lake in Tonto National Forest that provides scenic mountain vistas and direct access to boating and other activities. Bartlett Lake is on the Verde River and stores water for the Phoenix metro area, and also provides great recreational opportunities.
A couple of vault toilets and a primitive boat ramp are the only amenities you will find at Bartlett Flats. However, the nearby marina has basic supplies and groceries, etc. There are no designated campsites at Bartlett Flats, and you can virtually pitch your tent anywhere you can find space, but the available space varies with the lake level. When Bartlett lake is at full capacity only limited campsites are available, likewise when the lake is low there will be more available land for camping.
Bartlett Flats Campground Bottom Line
Since Bartlett Lake is a popular destination in the summer for boating and camping, Bartlett Flats Campground can get packed very quickly, with campsites right on top of each other. While the Forest Service does its best to keep the campgrounds at Bartlett lake clean, by the end of the summer there is often an abundance of trash and debris in the campground.
The primitive boat ramp at Bartlett Flats can be unusable when the water level is low in the lake, requiring you to launch boats from shore. A developed boat ramp is available at SB Cove Campground. The best campsites at Bartlett Flats Campground will vary with the lake level, but they tend to be right against the lake shore. Getting one of these campsites can be a challenge during the busy summer boating season unless you arrive early to claim your campsite.
While ground fires are allowed, you must use a fire ring made of stone or metal.
Bartlett Flats Campground Features
|Campground Type:||Dispersed, Primitive|
|Number of Campsites:||Not Specified|
|Cost:||$6/day via Required Tonto Pass|
|Fire Rings:||None – Ground fires are allowed with a rock or metal fire ring.|
|Toilets:||Yes – Vault Toilets|
|Trash/Dumpsters:||Limited – Pack it out|
|RV/Trailer Length:||Not Specified|
|Cell Phone Service:||Limited on all carriers|
|Operating Season:||Open All Year|
No services. PACK IT IN, PACK IT OUT. Glass containers prohibited. Bury human waste 6-8 inches and at least 200 feet away from camp, trails, water sources, and dry drainages.
|Geo Coordinates:||33.880235, -111.615422|
|Nearest City:||Cave Creek, Arizona|
|Location:||Phoenix Area – Maricopa County, Arizona|
|Paved Road Access:||Partial – Recreation Area roads unpaved|
|Proximity to Stores:||Approximately 4 miles at Bartlett Marina|
|Directions:||This site is 24 miles east of Carefree. Take Cave Creek Road 7 miles turn right on Bartlett Dam Road and turn left on FR 459. Continue on FR 459 for 4 miles then turn right to Bartlett Flats Campground.|
Tonto Passes are required for each vehicle and watercraft. Passes can be purchased in advance online or at retail outlets. The closest retail outlets to Bartlett Flats Campground are Bartlett Lake Marina or the Cave Creek Ranger District office.
Camping Supply List
|Phone:||(480) 595-3300 – Cave Creek Ranger District||Facebook:||Bartlett Lake Facebook Page|
|Web:||Tonto National Forest||Twitter:|
Maps & Brochures
When To Go
Spring, Early Summer, Fall – Summer temperatures at Bartlett Flats Campground will exceed 100 degrees daily
Bartlett Flats Campground Pictures
Image Credits: Justin Wilson