Scott Reservoir Campground

Area Status: Open

Situated near Scott Reservoir, this campground has only modest developments, but is very popular throughout the summer.

At a Glance

Current Conditions: Scott's Reservoir is currently day use only, and will be undergoing site updates to make this a permanent change.
Reservations: First come, first serve
Area Amenities: Boat ramp,Tent camping,Camping trailer,Picnic tables,Toilets
Fees: No fee
Usage: Light
Best Season: All season except extreme cold and icy weather.
Closest Towns: Telephone, gas, food, and other services are available in nearby Pinetop-Lakeside, about 2 miles. 
Water: No
Restroom: Vault Toilet
Operated By: Forest Service
Information Center: Lakeside Ranger District
(928) 368-2100
TTY: (928) 368-5088

General Information


Directions from Lakeside: From Lakeside District Office drive east .1 mile on State Highway 260. Turn left on Porter Mountain Road, ( Forest Road 45). Stay on the Porter Mountain Road 1.5 miles. Look for the sign on the right, Scott Reservoir, and follow the road to the facilities. Be careful as the access road is very rough in some spots.

General Notes:
  • From July to September summer thunderstorms are frequent and abrupt.
  • Lightning is always a danger at this time.
  • Take precautions and get off of the lake immediately.
  • Camping is allowed in designated sites only and is prohibited along the lakeshore. 
  • There is an Accessible boat-ramp, vaulted toilets, garbage dumpster, and parking available. 

Recreation Map

Map showing recreational areas. Map Information


Campground Camping

  • Undeveloped campground with a 14 day stay limit so you can fish your limit without breaking camp.
  • The campground has 12 designated campsites with tables and fire rings.
  • There is a 14 day stay limit during any 30 day period.

Lake and Pond Fishing

  • A variety of fish species including; Rainbow Trout, Brown Trout, Channel Cat, Large Mouth Bass, Green Sunfish, Blue Gill, Black Bull Head, and Carp can be found in Scott Reservoir.
  • Fishing license and trout stamp required for persons 14 years and older.
  • All fishermen must comply with Arizona Fishing Regulations as published by the Arizona Game and Fish Department.
  • For more information about fishing in Arizona, including seasons, locations and regulations, please visit the Arizona Game & Fish website.


Boating - Motorized

Single electric motors are permissible on all boats.


Camping trailer: Yes
Picnic tables: Yes
Tent camping: Yes
Toilets: Yes
Boat ramp: Yes

Recreation Areas

Recreation Activities


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6,800 feet