Dogtown Lake Campground

Area Status: Open
This area is Open

Dogtown Lake with wildflowers along the bank of the lake.

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 the trout, crappies, and channel cats stocked here. 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.

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Current Conditions: Dogtown Lake Campground opens for the overnight camping season in May. While the single-family campsites are open at Dogtown Lake Campground, the group camping area will remain closed until mitigation measures that support federal, state and local public health guidelines can be implemented. 
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 at
Best Season: Open season can vary depending on weather, snowfall and road access.
  • 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
Restroom: Pit toilets
Passes: The Interagency Senior Passes and Access Passes are accepted for a 50 percent off discount at the first-come, first-served single family sites. No discount cards are accepted at the Group Sites.

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.

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7050 feet