Schoolhouse Campground is a large developed campground located on the eastern shores of Roosevelt Lake where the Salt River empties into the reservoir. Roosevelt Lake is the largest of the reservoirs run by Salt River Project to provide water the Phoenix Metro Area. Schoolhouse point is a popular kayaking and rafting takeout point for those adventuring on the Salt River. Roosevelt is also Arizona’s largest lake and is very popular with boaters and anglers. Wildlife is abundant in the area with mule deer, coyotes, geese, fox, and the occasional bald eagle found within the and near the campground.

Each of the 211 campsites at Schoolhouse Campground includes a picnic table, fire ring, shade ramada, and access to drinking water, bathrooms with showers. The campsite loops closest to Roosevelt Lake are really packed together and do not offer much in the way of privacy; these campsites are best suited for RV camping. The RV campsites also close when the lake level falls below 2,100 feet. The campsites in the lower loops are more suited to tent camping as they are situated further apart and offer more privacy. Like all campgrounds on Roosevelt Lake a Tonto Pass is required for camping at Schoolhouse Campground.

The upper loops for RV camping are closed when the lake level falls below 2,100 feet.

Schoolhouse Campground Features

Campground Type: Organized
Number of Campsites: 211
Cost: $6 per vehicle, $4 per watercraft via Tonto Pass
Use Level: Medium
Dogs Allowed: Yes
Fire Rings: Yes
Drinking Water: Yes
Toilets: Yes
Showers: Yes
Trash/Dumpsters: Yes
Hiking Access: Yes
Beach/Lake Access: Yes
RV/Trailer Length: 32 Feet
RV/Trailer Amenities: Dump Station
Cell Phone Service: Possible on Verizon
Wifi: None
Operating Season: Year Round
Other: Camp store located at Roosevelt Lake Marina -Tonto Passes sold at Tonto Basin Ranger Station – 28097 N. Az Hwy 188, Roosevelt, Arizona 85545

Getting There

Geo Coordinates: 33.645487, -111.014674
Nearest City: Globe, Arizona
Elevation: 2100 Feet
Location: Central Arizona – Gila County, Arizona
Paved Road Access: Yes
Proximity to Stores: Store located at Roosevelt Lake Marina
Directions: From Mesa, drive north on AZ-87, the Beeline Highway, for about 60 miles to the junction AZ-88. Drive south on AZ-88 for 8 miles to FR-47, the entrance to Schoolhouse Recreation Site. Turn left and continue for 4 miles to the campgroundFrom Globe area, drive north on AZ-188 for 20 miles to the junction with FR-447, the entrance to Schoolhouse Recreation Site, turn right and continue for 4 miles to the campground.


Phone: 928.467.3200 Facebook: Roosevelt Lake Facebook Page
Web: Tonto National Forest – Roosevelt Lake Twitter:
Reservations: Not Accepted – First-come/First-served

When To Go

Spring, Early Summer, & Fall – Summertime at lakeside campgrounds like Schoolhouse Campground can be very hot, especially for tent camping. Avoid summer holidays, as the lake and the campground are typically very busy.

Use caution when camping as snakes and scorpions can be found in this area, especially in warm weather.

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Fun Facts

The official name of the lake is Theodore Roosevelt Lake. The lake is a large reservoir formed by Theodore Roosevelt Dam on the Salt River in Arizona as part of the Salt River Project (SRP). Both the reservoir and the dam that created it, Roosevelt Dam, were named for U.S. President Theodore Roosevelt who dedicated the dam himself in March 1911. Roosevelt Lake is the oldest of the six reservoirs constructed and operated by the Salt River Project. It also has the largest storage capacity of the SRP lakes with the ability to store 1,653,043 acre feet of water. When the dam is in flood-control mode, the lake can store 2,910,200 acre feet of water.

Image Credits: Alan Levine via Flickr

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