Big Lake Dam Parking Fishing Site

Area Status: Open
Fishing at Big Lake

This is one of the better known areas on the Apache-Sitgreaves National Forests, a diamond in the White Mountains. There are five campgrounds at the Big Lake Recreation Area complex. These campgrounds can accommodate a large RV of up to 82’, to a throw down camp with just a sleeping bag.  The Apache Trout Campground has full hooks with all the amenities and will facilitate a RV of almost any size. The Rainbow and Grayling campgrounds also have RV sites for smaller RV’s and don’t offer hookups. The Brookchar and Cutthroat campgrounds are tent only campgrounds. A large variety of camping sites are available for you to select from here at the Big Lake Recreation Area complex, whether you are in a tent or motor home.

There are fishing, canoeing, hiking, and bird watching opportunities that will keep you busy, or just relax, read a book, take some pictures, enjoy the quite and beauty of the area. If you forget to bring something don’t worry, the Big Lake Store offers boat rentals, fishing licenses, bait and tackle, T-shirts, sweatshirts, ice, groceries and much more. 


At a Glance

Usage: Light
Water: Yes
Restroom: Yes
Operated By: Forest Service

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