Dogtown Lake offers a scenic setting convenient to Grand Canyon National Park and the cities of Williams and Flagstaff, Arizona. The campground is situated in a pine forest along the shore of a small and scenic lake.
Visitors come here to hike, fish, mountain bike and explore the area's cultural and natural history. It's also a great place to relax and enjoy the sound of the wind in the pines and the spectacular view of nearby Bill Williams Mountain.
Campers are drawn to the area's hiking and fishing opportunities. The lake is stocked with trout, crappie and channel catfish. Visitors can enjoy a guided nature trail near the lake and a hiking trail that leads to a scenic overlook of the area from the top of nearby Davenport Hill.
The calm waters are inviting for canoes, kayaks and electric motorboats. Single motors of one horsepower or less are permitted.
The campground offers 50 individual campsites, four double sites and one group site that can host up to 80 people overnight. All sites are accessible. The sites are level with pull-through and back-in options for RVs. Restrooms, garbage bins and water faucets are available, however, there is no dump station at the facility.
Kaibab National Forest is nestled on the Colorado Plateau, an area of land that was uplifted by geologic processes. Dogtown Lake sits at an elevation of 7,050 feet. The 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 surrounded by trees.
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.
Grand Canyon National Park's South Rim is just over 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.
ADA Access: N
This is our first time actually camping at a campsite, usually we just camp in the Kaibab forest down the road for free. The campgrounds are surrounded by trees next to the lake. Although camp is not right next to the lake you can see it from most campsites. Sites are decent size and not too close to each other compared to other campgrounds. The lake is beautiful with fishing and a boat ramp available. No showers but there are many clean bathrooms and drinking water available. In the town of Williams there are many things to do such as the Deer Farm and Bearizona that we have done many times. Definitely one of my new favorite places to camp!
So we didn’t actually stay at the campsite, we camped a few miles down the road from the campsite. We have done it multiple times and love it. You aren’t on a campground with multiple people and are only a few miles from bathrooms and the beautiful lake. Bathrooms aren’t overly nice, but better than nothing. Water is available at the lake. Decent fishing, plenty of crawdads to catch and eat during the summer months! They do have a boat ramp and we have brought our kayak before. Williams is a cute small town. One of our favorite places to camp!
We missed the first turn off for this campsite, ended up on a road that was pretty beat up but a fun adventure for my Jeep and teardrop trailer. That area we drove through was full of very angery bees so be careful. Once we pulled in the nice hosts found us a spot perfect for our night of camping. It was a packed house that Sat night and one large group playing music a little too loud for our taste but at 10pm everything went quiet. Woke up to barley anyone else but us an two larger trailers. We loved the peace and quiet so much we decided to stay another night. Lake was beautiful, campground clean, bathrooms are well maintained and the water source worked fine for our 5 Gallon shower bag.
This campground is one of our favorites in AZ and our family has been frequenting it for about 25 years now. It is convenient for hiking and fishing, and is close to the lake but far enough away to promote safety and minimize mosquito damage. There are plenty of tent and RV spots, and unlike many campgrounds the spots can be close to each other if needed, which is great when you have a group of half tent half RV folks.