Formed by the damming of the Bill Williams River, Alamo Lake is one of the most scenic bodies of water in southwest Arizona. While park closures have made campsites on Alamo Lake itself scarce--Alamo Lake State Park will close in June 2010--the surrounding area still offers a variety of lakeside, riverfront and desert camping experiences. Campers in southwest Arizona can still pitch their tents and enjoy hiking, nature watching, fishing, boating and swimming.
Cattail Cove State Park
Situated less than 30 miles west of Alamo Lake, Cattail Cove State Park sits across the border with California on Lake Havasu. The park's main campground has 64 campsites for RVs and tents. Each site has a maximum occupancy of eight people and a maximum stay limit of two weeks. Each site has a fire ring, but campfires are only permitted between October and April. There are also 28 primitive, boat-in campsites. These have picnic tables and pit toilets, and campfires at them are banned all year. Camping facilities include showers and a dump station. The park's other amenities include a boat ramp and marina, fishing, swimming beach and a 1 1/2-mile hiking trail.
Cattail Cove SP
P.O. Box 1990
Lake Havasu City, AZ 86405
Burro Creek Campground
On the banks of Burro Creek inside a high desert canyon, this U.S. Bureau of Land Management campground offers a mix of RV and tent campsites. Most of the campsites come equipped with a picnic shelter, sun shelter, trash can and barbecue grill. Burro Creek's other camping facilities include restrooms, drinking water taps and a dump station. Burro Creek also has a desert garden and is home to a back-country trailhead.
Highway 93, one mile south of the Burro Creek Bridge
Buckskin Mountain State Park
Buckskin Mountain State Park is just a few miles south of its sister park of Cattail Cove. The campground offers 68 joint RV and tent camping sites, each with a picnic table and barbecue grill. There are also 21 sites with 2 1/2-wall cabanas. The cabana sites overlook the Colorado River, and each comes equipped with a power outlet, picnic table and barbecue grill. The park's other camping facilities include three shower houses and a dump station. Buckskin Mountain also offers two short hiking trails, swimming at a riverside beach, two boat ramps and fishing.
Buckskin Mountain SP
5476 North US Hwy 95
Parker, AZ 85344
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