Kaibab Lake Campground and Group Areas

Area Status: Closed
Kaibab Lake with wildflowers-boat ramp facing east towards San Francisco Peaks

Kaibab Lake sits among the diverse landscape of Kaibab National Forest of northern Arizona. The lake is a popular spot for fishing and picnicking, as well as for RV and motorhome campers. With Grand Canyon National Park just 60 miles north and several other cultural and historic sites nearby, the location is a hotspot for recreation, learning and sightseeing.

Natural Features: Kaibab National Forest is nestled on the Colorado Plateau, on an area of land that was uplifted by geologic processes. The lake sits at an elevation of 6,800 feet, and pine forests and grass line its shores, while wildflowers add extra color to the landscape in late spring and early summer. Summer temperatures range from 50 degrees at night to 80-90 degrees during the day. Summer thunderstorms, known as the monsoon, can build up quickly, especially during July and August. Snow is common from December through March.

Recreation: Kaibab Lake is a popular area to join friends or family for a picnic in the cool pines. A number of forest attractions are easily accessed from the campground, such as overlooks, dams and hiking trails. A nature trail wanders through the facility. Swimming is not allowed in the lake, but anglers can take to its shores or deeper waters via an accessible fishing pier and small boat ramp. On clear nights, campers can turn their eyes to the night sky to enjoy spectacular views of summer stars.

Facilities: The campground offers individual, double and group campsites with picnic tables and campfire rings. Tents, trailers and motorhomes up to 40 feet can be accommodated. Campers have the convenience of a group picnic area, restrooms, trash bins and water faucets. Drinking water is provided, however motor homes and RV water tanks cannot be filled due to limited water supply. Firewood bundles, ice, bait and ice cream are can be purchased on-site.

Nearby Attractions: Grand Canyon National Park's South Rim is about one hour north of the campground. The cities of Williams and Flagstaff have amenities such as shops, restaurants and cultural and historic sites. From canyons to prairies, peaks to plateaus, Kaibab National Forest offers layers of opportunity for peace, solitude and discovery. Over 300 miles of trails, some clinging to the rims of the Grand Canyon, allow visitors to step off the beaten path into uncrowded landscapes.

Kaibab Lake Campground Access Map

"Kaibab Lake Campground" Images Album


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 www.recreation.gov or call 877-444-6777.
Fees: For fees and reservations go to www.recreation.gov or call 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 www.azgfd.com/Fishing.
  • No swimming allowed in the lake. See Kaibab N.F. Forest Order 07-18-05-Rr.
  • Pets must always be restrained or on a leash.
  • Motorbikes may be used only to enter and leave the area.
  • Only single electric motors or single gasoline engine motors (not exceeding 10 manufacturer-rated horsepower) are allowed. Regulations per Ariz. Admin. Code § 12-4-517. For details on the regulations go to https://bit.ly/3159Wip.
  • No waste water (gray or black water) drained onto ground.
  • Maximum campground stay limit is 14 days.
Closest Towns: Williams, AZ
Water: Drinking Water
Restroom: Vault Toilet
Information Center:
  • No utility hookups.
  • This facility does not offer a dump station. 
  • Potable water and hydrants are for drinking only, filling water tanks in motorhomes and RVs is not allowed due to limited supply.
  • Fishing Licenses sold at nearby White Horse Lake.
  • This facility has first-come, first-served campsites.

General Information


From Williams, Arizona, take I-40 east to exit 165. Turn north onto State Highway 64 toward Grand Canyon and go a mile to the campground entrance on the left.


All of the sites located in Kaibab Lake Campground meet accessibility standards.

Recreation Map

Map showing recreational areas. Map Information


Campground Camping

Group Camping

Lake and Pond Fishing

Special Designations No swimming. No boat motors larger than 10 horsepower allowed.
Fish Species Rainbow Trout, Brown Trout, Channel Catfish, Bluegill, and Largemouth Bass are stocked here.  Black Crappie are self-sustained in the lake.
Fishing Mode Along the bank of the lake or using a small boat no larger than 10 horsepower.
Accessible Platform Yes
Status: Open
Permit required?: Y


Boating - Motorized

Type of Craft Small motorized fishing boats
Size Restrictions No boat motors larger than 10 horsepower allowed.
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Boating - Non-Motorized

Type of Craft Kayak, Canoe
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