Windy Hill Campground at Roosevelt Lake is a massive developed campground located on the rocky shores of the desert lake in central Arizona’s Tonto National Forest. With 347 campsites, Windy Hill Campground is the largest National Forest campground in the country. Roosevelt Lake is the largest of the reservoirs run by Salt River Project to provide water the Phoenix Metro Area. Roosevelt is also Arizona’s largest lake and is very popular with boaters and anglers. Hiking is abundant around Windy Hill Campground, and Roosevelt Lake in general. The Native American ruins at Tonto National Monument are located just a short drive away from Windy Hill and are worth checking out. Wildlife is abundant in the area with mule deer, coyotes, geese, fox, and the occasional bald eagle found within the and near the campground.
There are 347 developed campsites at Windy Hill Campground. Each campsite includes a picnic table, fire ring, shade ramada, and access to drinking water, bathrooms with showers. The campsites in the upper loops closest to the lake, are right next to each other and since it is the desert, do not expect much in the way of plants to provide separation or privacy; these campsites are best suited for RV camping. The campsites in the lower loop are further apart, offer more privacy, and are better suited for tent camping. There is also a playground located within the campground, and several boat ramps nearby. Like all campgrounds on Roosevelt Lake a Tonto Pass is required for camping at Windy Hill Campground.
During the winter camping season (October 1st through March 31st), long-term camping is available at Windy Hill Campground for up to 6 months. Other times the maximum stay is 14 days.
Windy Hill Campground Features
|Number of Campsites:||347|
|Cost:||$6 per vehicle, $4 per watercraft via Tonto Pass|
|Use Level:||Medium – High|
|RV/Trailer Length:||32 Feet|
|RV/Trailer Amenities:||Dump Station|
|Cell Phone Service:||Possible on Verizon|
|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|
|Geo Coordinates:||33.659446, -111.090188|
|Nearest City:||Globe, Arizona|
|Location:||Central Arizona – Gila County, Arizona|
|Paved Road Access:||Yes|
|Proximity to Stores:||Store located at Roosevelt Lake Marina|
|Directions:||From Mesa, take AZ-87, the Beeline Highway, north for about 60 miles to its junction with AZ-188. Turn right onto AZ-188 and drive for 33 miles to the junction of AZ-88, Apache Trail. Continue south on AZ-188 for 4 miles to FR 82 (Windy Hill Campground entrance). Turn left and continue for 2 miles to the campground.From the Globe area, take AZ-188 north for 25 miles to FR 82 (Windy Hill Campground entrance), turn right and continue for 2 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 Windy Hill 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.
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.