Area Status: Open
This area is Open

Schoolhouse rec site

Located on central Arizona's largest lake, Schoolhouse offers great water recreation opportunities to the public. This site is also a river access point (RAP) on the Upper Salt River. Because of its close proximity to the River, School house allows fishing, non-motorized and motorized boating, along with shoreline hiking trails.  There are plenty of campsites available at Schoolhouse, which allows for an easy, quick escape during any time of the year for families and individuals.

At a Glance

Operational Hours: All Day
Open Season: January - December
Restrictions: Stay limit 14 days, trailers under 32', pack it in pack it out, Rules and regulations are posted on bulletin board. Tonto Pass required. Please use trash receptacles, when available, The adjacent boating site has a paved boat launch ramp with courtesy dock -- useable when water elevations are higher than 2,110 feet.
Closest Towns: Globe & Payson
Water: Available
Restroom: Toilets located throughout the camp loops
Passes: America the Beautiful Passes are only accepted at the Picnicking Site For boating, a Tonto Daily Pass and Watercraft Sticker or Tonto Discovery Pass are required.
Information Center: Tonto Basin Ranger District (928)-467-3200

General Information


This site is located 11 miles south of the historic Roosevelt Dam. From Mesa: Take the State Hwy. 87/Beeline Highway north for about 60 miles to the junction with State Hwy. 88. Continue on State Hwy. 88 south for 8 miles to Forest Road (FR) 447/Schoolhouse Recreation Site. Turn left and continue for 4 miles to the site.

From Globe: area: Take State Hwy. 188 north for 20 miles to its junction with Forest Road (FR) 447/Schoolhouse Recreation Site, turn right and continue for 4 miles to the site.


This site contains numerous barrier-free camp units. Toilets, picnic tables and amphitheater are fully accessible.


Camping & Cabins

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RV Camping

Camping all year, closed when lake level drops below 2,100 ft.

Campground Camping

211 camp units (tent-only, single, and double) with shade ramadas, fire rings with grills, picnic tables, and potable water hydrants. Toilets are located throughout the camp loops. There is also an amphitheater.

General Info:


This site contains numerous barrier-free camp units. Toilets, picnic tables and amphitheater are fully accessible.

Reservation InfoFirst come, first serve, no reservations
Fire Informationfire rings available
No. of Sites211
No. of Accessible sites211


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