The Williams Ranger District of the Kaibab National Forest is in charge of the national forest campgrounds in Williams, Arizona, among other duties. After setting up camp, guests can enjoy hiking on mountain trails, riding horses and fishing in cold mountain lakes. This is the high country, so most organized campgrounds are open seasonally from early May to early October Campers should be prepared for cold nights, even in summer.
Whitehorse Lake Campground
Whitehorse Lake Campground has 94 sites; 50 are available on a first-come, first-served basis and the remainder can be reserved through the online forest service reservation system. This is a popular escape for folks from the Phoenix area, so reservations are advisable. Anglers like the lake for its trout fishing. The campground offers pit toilets but no RV hookups. A number of campsites are wheelchair accessible.
National Recreation Reservation System
Dogtown Lake Campground
Dogtown Lake Campground is a few miles south and east of Williams. The campground offers 52 single and double sites, and one group site that can accommodate up to 80 campers. There are no hookups, but drinking water is available, as are pit toilets. The fishing is good, but swimming in the lake is against the rules. Campers are advised to keep their pets under control.
Cataract Lake Campground
Cataract Lake is a smaller campground that offers 18 sites for campers. Guests are welcome to stay for up to 14 days in a tent, a trailer or an RV, although there are no hookups or dump stations for gray and black water (pit toilets are available). Visitors can launch their boats, up to 10 hp, from the campground's boat ramp and purchase firewood from the camp host. Pets are welcome so long as they are on a leash or zip line at all times.
Kaibab Lake Campground
Kaibab Lake Campground, approximately 4 miles north and east of town (in the direction of the Grand Canyon), offers 61 single campsites and two double sites, all with picnic tables and fire rings. In addition, there are two sites that work for larger groups. There are no hookups in the campground, but guests can dump their tanks for a fee. Drinking water is available, but guests are asked not to fill the tanks on their RVs, as the water supply isn't local. District rangers offer special programs throughout the week; campers can check with the host to learn when.