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Discover Alamo Lake, Arizona: A Roamer’s Guide to Camping, Fishing, Off-Roading, and Adventure

Have you been to Alamo Lake, Arizona?

We were looking for a new destination after leaving the Imperial Sand Dunes this winter and a friend recommended Alamo Lake. We LOVED it and here’s why!

Nestled in the scenic wilderness of La Paz County, Arizona, Alamo Lake offers a perfect getaway for nature enthusiasts, weekend fishermen, off-road adventurers, and vacationers. Whether you’re traveling along the Arizona Peace Trail, looking for a tranquil fishing spot, or planning a camping adventure, Alamo Lake has something for everyone. This guide provides essential information, tips, and activities to make the most of your visit to this hidden gem.

Alamo Lake is a reservoir formed by the Alamo Dam, constructed in 1968 on the Bill Williams River. The lake spans over 17 square miles and is surrounded by the rugged beauty of the Sonoran Desert. The remote location ensures that visitors can enjoy a peaceful and unspoiled natural environment.

What internet is available at Alamo Lake?

Along with the seclusion comes a severe lack of cellular service so be prepared to fire up your Starlink satellite if you intend to Work from Roam or stay connected to the outside world. Our spot in the state campground provided clear skies for unobstructed service and incredible views of the lake and desert landscape. We did have a weak T-Mobile signal as a supplemental back up. Our goRoam gear smoothed the latency of Starlink and performed well, allowing us both to enjoy flawless MS Teams and Zoom experiences.

Where are the best Camping Spots Around Alamo Lake?

If you enjoy boondocking, BLM Land surrounds Alamo Lake and offers a more primitive and secluded experience. There is an abundance of space to choose your view close to the water or higher points to get a sprawling view. Choose your spot, set up camp, and enjoy the vast open space! Make sure to follow Leave NO Trace principles and check for any fire restrictions or seasonal guidelines before you go.

For this adventure, we chose to stay in the Alamo Lake State Park Campground because we had spent the previous two weeks boondocking and needed a refresh. There are a variety of camp spots available with electricity, water, and a few full hook-up sites. There is a convenient dump station at the edge of the campground, shower houses, bathrooms, and group sites that make this a great place to enjoy the winter in Arizona.

Especially during peak seasons, you’re going to want to make a reservation and they’ve made it easy to reserve online and here’s the link. Alamo Lake State Park

What Activities Can You Enjoy at Alamo Lake?

Fishing! Alamo Lake is a Prime Fishing Destination. Alamo Lake is renowned for its excellent fishing opportunities. Anglers can expect to catch largemouth bass, crappie, bluegill, and catfish. We heard from neighbors that the best fishing spots are in the upper reaches of the lake and around the submerged vegetation. There isn’t much fish activity at the water’s edge and most anglers were launching their boats from the many available boat ramps in the State Park. You will also find impressive fish cleaning stations at the Park to ensure your bounty is ready to eat at the end of your fishing day.

Kayaking and Canoeing adventures are ideal for exploring the serene surroundings and to enjoy nature while paddling around the lake or throwing your fishing pole in to see what’s hungry under the water.

Hiking and Wildlife watching kept us entertained at camp and while off-roading. There are numerous trails around the lake offer hiking opportunities with stunning views of the desert landscape. Be on the lookout for the wild burros that live around the lake. They’re bold enough to walk through your campground looking for snacks! While out riding we also happened upon a squadron of Javelinas including many babies enjoying a mud bath.

This area is also a haven for bird watchers. Look out for bald eagles, ospreys, and a variety of waterfowl. We had a very popular hummingbird feeder outside of our rig and set up a camera to watch the feeding close up without scaring them. You can find that video on our YouTube channel @goRoam.

Sunsets and Stargazing are outstanding due to the remote location of Alamo Lake. The lack of light pollution allows for breathtaking views of the night sky. Many campers brought out their telescopes for a better view in the dark skies.

Off-Roading Adventures are truly what brought us to Alamo Lake! The Arizona Peace Trail runs right around Alamo Lake which makes it a fantastic stop along the 675-mile off-road trail that loops through the stunning Arizona desert. Off-road enthusiasts can explore the diverse terrain, from sandy washes to rugged mountains. Be aware of the recent rainfall as many of the roads we crossed had previously been under water. Ensure your vehicle is well-equipped for the challenging desert conditions. Carry extra water, fuel, and a detailed map of the trail. There are very few services available and little to no cellular service to call for help if needed. Travel with a friend and be sure to carry an emergency beacon.

Tips and Tricks for a Great Visit

Check the Weather! We visited Alamo Lake State Park in January. It is an incredible winter destination in Arizona. We did need to run heat in the early mornings however it warmed up quickly as the sun came out. We recommend visiting Alamo Lake from October to March although the park and campground are open year round. The summers are extremely hot. Plan your visit accordingly and bring appropriate clothing and sun protection.

Fill up Everything in Salome, AZ! The nearest towns are quite a distance away, so ensure you bring all necessary supplies, including food, water, propane, extra fuel for your OHV and all of your camping gear. The park store does have a few items like ice cream and live bait.

Be safe and always inform someone of your plans, carry a map, and be prepared for limited cell phone reception.

Check your OHV/ATV vehicle’s condition before heading out, carry recovery gear, and never off-road alone. Familiarize yourself with the trail and weather conditions.

Be sure to stop at the Wayside Oasis Grill & Bar for a hot lunch, a cold drink, and stories from the folks who have been enjoying the area. We stopped twice to get tater tots and beer!

Here are some of the FAQ’s we got about this destination

Are there any entrance fees for Alamo Lake State Park?

Yes, there are entrance fees for vehicles and campsites. A $10 entrance fee for vehicles and $3 for bikes in addition to the campsite fees. Stop in the store to get your passes when you arrive.

Can I bring my pets to Alamo Lake?

Yes, pets are allowed in the park but must be kept on a leash.

Is there cell phone reception at Alamo Lake?

Cell phone reception is very limited, so it’s best to plan accordingly and inform others of your travel itinerary. We utilized our Starlink satellite from our campsite for internet and phone use.

Are there any restaurants, grocery stores, or fuel stations nearby?

No. The closest place to fill up your propane fuel tanks is Salome, AZ. We highly recommend you come prepared with everything you need for your stay and to play while you’re at Alamo Lake State Park. The Park store has a few pantry staples, canned goods, and sweet treats in a pinch however I would not rely on finding a meal there. Outside of the State Park, you can get a cold drink and a hot meal at the Wayside Oasis if they’re open. Seasonal hours are posted on their social media accounts.

Would you go there again?

Yes. Absolutely!

We found Alamo Lake to be a paradise for outdoor and nature enthusiasts like us! From its rich history to the myriads of activities available, it’s an awesome destination for camping, fishing, off-roading, and adventure. Whether you prefer the solitude of BLM land or the conveniences of the state park campground, Alamo Lake promises an unforgettable experience. Pack your gear, plan your trip, and immerse yourself in the natural beauty of this Arizona treasure.

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Happy travels roamers!

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