Peaceful Alamo Lake State Park lies 38 miles north of Wenden in the western part of the state. This picturesque public recreation area is nestled within the Bill Williams River Valley surrounded by mountains, brush, cacti and brightly colored wildflowers.
Visitors enjoy camping, stargazing, fishing, swimming, boating, hiking and picnicking. The area’s rich history includes Native Americans, Spanish explorers, ranchers and miners. During the 1800s and early 1900s gold, silver, copper, tungsten, manganese and uranium mines were located here. Some remnants of these mines can still be seen today.
Escape to a quieter pace of life inside this Arizona State Park. While visiting you’ll have the opportunity to learn more about the area’s rich history and diverse wildlife.
Interpretive exhibits and a large aquarium containing local and exotic species is located inside the park office.
Do you have a little one who would be interested in becoming a Junior Ranger? This exciting opportunity is provided by the Rangers inside the park. Before arriving, download and have your child complete the Junior Ranger Activity Sheet. Once at the park, request a Junior Ranger booklet at the park’s visitor center. When all of the activities have been completed report back to a Park Ranger who will swear your Junior Ranger in and award them with a Junior Ranger button.
Here are some more activities that you can do during your visit to Alamo Lake State Park:
Swimming at Alamo Lake State Park
Enjoy swimming in beautiful Alamo Lake during your visit. There are no designated swimming areas inside the park but you should not swim near the docks, boat ramps or the dam.
Keep in mind that the shore is made up of desert shale (prickly to walk on) so wear something on your feet and bring something to sit on (if you plan on resting along the
shore). Water temperatures vary greatly depending upon time of year and how far out you swim so plan ahead and wear a wetsuit or long sleeve swimsuit if you plan to swim far or visit off season.
Boating at Alamo Lake State Park
Both motorized and non-motorized boats are welcome at Alamo Lake State Park. Rent all types of watercraft including tubes and jet skis at nearby Arizona Boat Rentals. There are 2 boat ramps available inside the park and non-motorized boats may launch from either.
Fishing at Alamo Lake State Park
This clear lake provides ideal conditions for fishing, especially between February and July when fish are plentiful. And Alamo Lake State Park is considered one of the best places to fish for bass in the entire state. Fish from shore or boat during your visit and try your hand at catching bass, bluegill, tilapia, sunfish, crappie and catfish.
Remember to pick up an Arizona fishing license ahead of time. A fishing license is required for anyone over the age of 10.
Trails at Alamo Lake State Park
Alamo Lake State Park has a few short trails that show off the beauty of the desert area and follow along the shoreline of the lake. More trails exist just outside of park boundaries including ATV trails.
Here are a couple of the trails at Alamo Lake State Park:
- Lake Alamo Radio Towers Loop – Moderate 3.1 mile trail that leads up to a communication tower and spectacular views of the lake. This loop isn’t too difficult but does have some steep areas.
Rattlesnake Overlook Trail – Easy .2 mile loop perfect for all ages and skill levels.
Wildlife Viewing at Alamo Lake State Park
The area inside and around Alamo Lake State Park offers visitors a chance to view diverse wildlife year round. Native and migratory birds as well as waterfowl, wild burros,
coyotes, mule deer, snakes and lizards are common to see throughout the park. The wild burro are thought to have escaped from miners in the past and now thrive in this area.
This diverse population comes partly from the important riparian habitat created by the joining of the Big Sandy River and the Santa Maria River (the rivers that form the Bill Williams River and feed into Alamo Lake). Cacti are also common here and beautiful when in bloom.
Camping at Alamo Lake State Park
Alamo Lake State Park has 217 campsites and 4 camping cabins available to rent.
The large campground is made up of 6 separate campground loops and offers a variety of amenities including full hookup sites, dry sites and both back-in and pull-through sites. Each campsite has a picnic table, fire ring and access to bathhouses. Also nearby are a park store, playgrounds and an amphitheater.
The park’s 4 camping cabins overlook the lake. Each cabin has 2 single-style bunk beds, a table and chairs, ceiling fans, electricity, heat and air conditioning. Cabins sleep 4 but can accommodate up to 6 (guests may bring personal cots or air mattresses). No linens are provided. Bathhouses are nearby. Outside each camping cabin is a picnic table and fire ring and a covered porch area.
Pets at Alamo Lake State Park
Pets are allowed at Lake Havasu State Park but must be attended to at all times and kept on a leash no longer than six-feet. Please clean up after your pet. There is an additional fee for pets staying in the cabins.
Attractions Near Alamo Lake State Park
- Alamo Lake Area OHV Trails – Bring your off road vehicle and explore the hundreds of miles of trails near the park and through the Sonoran Desert. OHV use is not allowed within the park.
- The Wayside Oasis – 74125 Wickenburg Rd, Wenden
- Bar & Grill, camping, fishing, trails and more located only 6 miles from Alamo Lake State Park.
Open 24hrs/day all year round Park Map & Guide
Park Entrance Fees:
Per vehicle (1-4 Adults): $10
Alamo Lake State Park
Wenden, AZ 85357
Here is a short YouTube video showcasing several attractions at Alamo Lake State Park: