Riverside Campground

Area Status: Closed



Riverside campground offers more peace and tranquility than the busier recreation sites at Bartlett Lake. With the campground’s proximity to water, fisherman and avid water recreationalists enjoy this spot all year long. There are designated grills, fire rings and picnic tables where families can enjoy the day together along the river not far from the dam. Keep a look out for fish jumping along the river! Review At-A-Glance below for more details about this site.

At a Glance

Operational Hours: Year Round
Restrictions: Stay limit 14 days, no motor boats allowed, trailers under 16', glass containers prohibited.
Closest Towns: Carefree & Cave Creek
Water: Unavailable
Restroom: Vault Toilets
Passes: Tonto Fee Machine Pass. $16 per site per night. Nearest fee machine locations are as follows:  the Cave Creek Ranger Station, Desert Vista Overlook, and the Jojoba Boat Launch area

America the Beautiful Interagency Senior or Access Pass holders receive 50% discount (persons over 62 or have a permanent disability) for single camp units only. 
Information Center: Cave Creek Ranger District (480) 595 3300

General Information


This site is 23 miles east of Carefree. Take Cave Creek Road for 7 miles then turn right on Bartlett Dam Road and continue for 13 miles. Just before reaching the Jojoba Boating site, FR 19 becomes a maintained gravel road that turns south (right). Follow it for another 3 miles to Riverside. View and download a map.

Recreation Map

Map showing recreational areas. Map Information


Campground Camping

  • Maximum occupancy per individual camp unit is 10.
  • Maximum number of vehicles per individual camp unit is three.  All vehicles must completely fit within the designated parking area.
  • Check-in time is 12:00 pm, and check-out time is 10:00 am
No. of Sites 12
Reservation Info First come, first serve, no reservations

River and Stream Fishing

River Access Point (Verde R.)

Fish Species: Rainbow Trout; Large and Smallmouth Bass; Sunfish; Channel and Flathead Catfish

Boating - Non-Motorized

River Access Point (Verde R.)
Type of Craft Canoe

Recreation Areas

Recreation Activities


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1,600 feet