One of Arizona’s hidden gems, Alamo Lake sits off the beaten path about 2 and half hours from Phoenix and 40 miles SE of Lake Havasu City. Alamo Lake State Park is accessible from US-60 from the South and US-93 from the East. The Lake was formed back in 1968 with the construction of the Alamo Dam. The dam was built for flood control purposes on the Bill Williams River. When looking for a weekend getaway for some great fishing, Alamo is a tough place to beat. If you are looking to avoid pleasure boaters, enjoy some peace and quiet, and have a chance at a trophy Largemouth this place is for you.
There are all sorts of reasons to come fishing at Alamo Lake. It is well known as a world class crappie fishery and a lake that will put out some trophy Largemouth as well. The lake isn’t that big, spanning just over 3500 acres. Spring and Fall tend to be the best times to fish at Alamo but don’t overlook that early Summer frog bite. You can get into some big ones in the Summer with a Blitz frog tied on. Crappie fishing at Alamo Lake tends to be good around the same time, they will come up shallow in the spring and fall. With all of the vertical timber in the lake they should be fairly easy to find if you have good electronics on your boat in that 10-20 ft range.
Although you might not experience pleasure boaters like you will at neighboring Lake Havasu. Alamo is a yearly destination for tournament circuits and can draw big turnouts at the right time of year. If you have never experienced a bass tournament make sure to check out the Cactus Cup Team Trail and you can jump in one at Alamo Lake or one of our many other Arizona Lakes. Alamo Lake has a variety of species which include, Largemouth Bass, Crappie, Sunfish, Channel Catfish, Flathead Catfish, Tilapia, and on rare occasion Smallmouth Bass. If you are in a bass boat and you are not familiar with the water, tread carefully as the stumps throughout the lake can get you in a bad situation if you hit them. It’s one of the reasons you don’t see many pleasure boaters and jet skis. You will see these mainly towards the North end of the lake.
Right before Blast off
2022 Cactus Cup Team Trail at Alamo
Mason & Rob Smook
Winners - David Rigo and Manny Madrid
Things To Do
When you are not fishing at Alamo Lake there are many other things to do. It’s a great place to check out the wildlife. The lake is known for having frequent visits from Bald Eagles and Golden Eagles that like do some fishing of their own. Alamo has some great camping options too, whether you are camping on the shore, in the campsites or in the private cabins, you are sure to have a nice weekend at the lake. Be careful on the windy roads coming in too. The wild burros tend to lay down in the middle of the road and they are all over the place.
Campground A has 21 sites available while Campground B has 42 sites with mixed amenities. Sites 1-27 (electric/water) are $25 per night. Sites 28-42 (dry camp) are available for $15 per night.
Dry camping is located in Campgrounds D & E for $15 a night per vehicle. Each site has a picnic table and fire ring. There are vault and chemical toilets located throughout the campgrounds.
There are 19 full hook-up sites with 50 amp electric, water and sewer located in the Main Campground. Each site has a picnic table and a fire ring. There is no limit to maximum RV length at these sites.
Additional sites have 30/50 amp electric and water at each site. Campground B has 27 electric sites. The Ramada Area has 12 electric sites. Cholla Campground area has 41 electric sites (30 amp). Each site has a picnic table and a fire ring.
Four air-conditioned camping cabins are available for rental right in the park. The cabins are situated with a commanding view of the surrounding area, have a covered porch, and can sleep up to four people, with a maximum capacity of six people. A picnic table, fire ring, and charcoal grill are available with each cabin as well. Clean restrooms and showers are located within close proximity to the cabins.
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*camping info courtesy of www.azstateparks.com
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