Dogtown Lake Campground

Area Status: Closed
Dogtown Lake with wildflowers and fishing

Dogtown Lake got its name from the extensive prairie dog towns that once covered open areas near the lake. In spite of the name, this medium-sized body of water is actually surrounded by trees. Today, you'll find fewer prairie dogs than forest visitors, who've come to camp and fish for crappies and stocked rainbow trout, brown trout, bluegill, and largemouth bass. Near the lake, visitors can enjoy a guided nature trail and a hiking trail that leads to a scenic overlook of the area from the top of nearby Davenport Hill. The campground is approximately 6.5 miles south and east of Williams and has a spectacular view of Bill Williams Mountain.

Dogtown Lake Campground Access Map

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At a Glance

Current Conditions: CLOSED FOR THE SEASON

Generally open May through September for overnight camping, depending on weather. For specific dates and reservations contact or call 877-444-6777.
Fees: For fees and reservations go to website or via telephone at 1-877-444-6777. 
Permit Info: Please refer to the Arizona Game and Fish Department for current fishing regulations and permits and for stocking information and schedules at
Best Season: Late spring to early fall.
  • No swimming allowed in the lake. See Kaibab N.F. Forest Order 07-18-05-Rr.
  • No Sewage dump station available.
  • Pets must always be restrained or on a leash.
  • Any wood used in the group site fireplace at Dogtown Lake Campground must be approved first by the Dogtown Lake Campground Host for type and size in order to avoid excess smoke and to reduce residue in the chimney.
  • Motorbikes and ATVs may be used only to enter and leave the area.
  • Only small electric boat motors (not exceeding 10 manufacturer-rated horsepower) are allowed. No gas motors are allowed per Ariz. Admin. Code § 12-4-517. For details on the regulations go to
  • No waste water (gray or black water) drained onto ground. Maximum campground stay limit is 14 days.
Water: Drinking water currently limited. Please be prepared to bring your own water.
Restroom: Accessible vault toilets.

General Information


From Williams turn south on Fourth Street (FR 173-Perkinsville Rd. ) for 3.5 miles to Forest Road 140. Turn left on FR 140 and continue for 3 miles to FR 132; turn left onto FR 132 and follow it to Dogtown Lake . The roads are paved and gravelled for all-weather use.

Recreation Map

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Campground Camping

Group Camping

Lake and Pond Fishing

Special Designations No Swimming, Single electric boat motors only of one horsepower or less are permitted
Fishing Mode Bank, Boat
Fish Species Rainbow trout, brown trout, black crappie, largemouth bass, bluegill
Status: Open
Permit required?: Y
Difficulty Level: Easy

Boating - Motorized

Size Restrictions Single electric boat motors only of one horsepower or less are permitted
Type of Craft Small motorized fishing boats
Motor Type Electric
Hours of Operation:
Difficulty Level: Easy to Intermediate
Rental info:

Boating - Non-Motorized

Type of Craft kayak, canoe
Hours of Operation:
Difficulty Level: Easy to Intermediate
Rental info:

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7050 feet