Alamo Lake State Park has extra than simply climbing and trails, it additionally has swimming, fishing, tenting and cabins too!
One of many many questions that I get requested yearly is “Where can I go lake swimming or boating?”
Properly, Alamo Lake State Park was one of many many hidden gems I’ve discovered.
Situated 2 hours northwest of Shock, Alamo Lake State Park is situated about 30 miles north of Wenden, or about 1 hour northwest of Wickenburg.
We visited Alamo Lake State Park on a Monday in the midst of June, so it was fairly empty. Nevertheless, the winters are extraordinarily busy, so be ready! The Lake was additionally fairly low as we haven’t had a lot vital rain.
Attending to Alamo Lake State Park
From Shock, you’ll go west on AZ 60 for about one hour and 45 minutes. Then, you’ll take a proper flip onto Alamo Rd and go about 30 miles. That’s it. Two turns!
What to anticipate out of your drive: Most of AZ60 is 4 lanes till about 6 miles outdoors of Wickenburg the place it narrows to 2 lanes. Most vacationers might be driving 65 miles and hour. There’s fairly a little bit of desert panorama you will notice and never a lot else for providers. Gasoline up earlier than leaving Shock or Wickenburg. Wickenburg has many eating places (dine in and quick meals) in addition to a cultural middle, Desert Cabelleros Western Museum. Outdoors of Wickenburg, providers develop into very restricted. You’ll cross by way of Aguila (which has a fuel station and a library), after which about 20 miles later you’ll attain Wenden which has a small retailer/laundromat and restricted providers.
Alamo Rd could be very slender in some spots and has a variety of agriculture on the first 5-Eight miles of the drive. After you cross via the agricultural areas, there will probably be a paved street (comply with this) and dust roads that department off of the primary street. Passing cow/animal grates and seeing indicators for wildlife will remind you to maintain a glance out for animals crossing the street. Additionally, there are warning indicators for flash floods, so be aware of the clouds and climate! Since we went on our street journey throughout monsoon season, I stored an eye fixed on the climate and the skies. Fortunately, the sky was an ideal blue and we had no cause to be alarmed. Wickenburg and northwest appears to have extra rain that Shock often has yearly, so totally different climate patterns are essential to understand earlier than you begin your trek.
Additionally, cell sign was uneven. I relied on our Garmin GPS to get me there, though it wasn’t too vital given it was two turns!
The ultimate strategy to Alamo Lake State Park introduced us to some vacationers crossing the street. At first, I assumed it was a ranger driving a horse.
As an alternative, it was one in every of 300 + wild burros which might be native to the world! They don’t seem to be pleasant to petting, however they’re fairly comfortable with visitors legal guidelines. Kind of. And in the event you don’t discover the burros, you may even see a number of issues they depart behind.
You need to use your creativeness on that, however watch the place you step!
My youngsters determined to inform me which burro was the mother and pop. Sadly they have been fallacious, however we’ll train them that biology lesson a bit of later!
We stopped on the Ranger station to examine in to the park. We have been the solely ones there. Aside from the rangers and the burros, that’s! The Ranger was tremendous good and gave my youngsters Jr. Ranger packs, that had details about the state parks, a pin, a coloring guide and stickers. Good studying materials for the journey house!
The Camp retailer is just about the final place which you can get something that you could be want. Plus they’ve ice cream and soda. And a flush rest room that I used to be fortunate sufficient to make use of!
We proceeded on to take a look at the cabins and tenting areas.
And every of the cabins had tremendous cute names, like this one. Burro Bungalo. HAHA! I laughed for a couple of good minutes. And, watch out of burro..properly, you realize 🙂
Since we have been the one ones within the park, we traveled round and took a take a look at the campsites. There are extra conventional campsites for tents, and locations for RVS. Take a look at the principles on the Arizona Parks Web page for info, rental charges and extra.
Most of the restrooms have been what I discovered to be “Latrines”. Holes within the floor with a rest room seat base. Even at fairly excessive temps, it wasn’t too smelly. Nevertheless, I extremely recommend not bringing your valuables once you use the toilet! There are additionally “port a potties” or because the rangers name it “Chemical toilets” situated across the park. There are additionally bathe stations and fish washing station!
Sure, there are fish on this lake: Largemouth Bass, crappie, purple earned solar fish, channel catfish, tilapia and blue gill. You will need to have a legitimate fishing license for these older than 10 years previous.
Since we have been the “lone ranger visitors” (ha ha) on the park, we have been capable of park proper at one of many boat ramps. There are three docks. We checked out the excessive water boat ramp and the primary boat ramp. The water was very low, so we parked on the prime of the primary boat ramp and walked into the water.
When you fare from the north like I do, typically lakes could be sandy. This one shouldn’t be sandy in any respect. It’s fairly rock, so it would be best to have watershoes. My youngsters have been so excited they didn’t care about their ft hurting!
(That is the Excessive water Boat Ramp). If the water is excessive, that is the ramp you’d use.
My youngsters went in absolutely clothed. The water was fairly clear and was an excellent temperature. Not too scorching or chilly, so I allow them to wade as much as their bellies. I didn’t have them become swim put on, as a result of actually, it’s half the enjoyable of being at a lake! We introduced a change of garments and loads of sunscreen. There isn’t any shade. I did want I had an umbrella, however we had enjoyable anyhow. We noticed some little bitty fish within the water, and my youngsters determined to take a stick and attempt to “fish hunt”. Additionally they tried skipping rocks, however it turned extra of throwing rocks.
When the youngsters weren’t shouting and laughing hilariously, you can hear the burros making their noises, birds clacking away and we even noticed a blue heron. We didn’t see any mule deer, foxes or coyotes, however I’m fairly positive I noticed an enormous rabbit! We noticed a number of fish that should have been leaping and loads of dragon flies. Little or no mosquitoes or common flies have been round!
You’ll be able to see the youngsters simply had a tremendous time handing out within the water! I had enjoyable too!
We then headed as much as the dam space. The dam is actually fascinating to me because-do we actually get that a lot rain within the desert that we’d like a dam?
Sure, truly! The Alamo Lake has recognized to get sufficient water at one time to go up 11 vertical ft! And, to ensure that the rain water doesn’t flood the encompassing space (Invoice Williams River which is also the place the Huge Sandy River and Santa Maria River come collectively.). The Dam was created in 1968, and was additionally made for leisure functions as properly.
For those who take a look at this map in terrain format you possibly can see that the lake is at 1200′ above sea degree, and the opposite aspect of the dam, which we can’t see on this image, is 1000 ft.
In case you are questioning how a dam works, here’s a brief video. This isn’t a hydroelectric dam, nevertheless it does assist clarify just a little bit about the way it works.
The Roadway we drove as much as get to the dam could be very steep and slender in some locations. Personally, I wouldn’t advocate an RV driving up it. I in all probability wouldn’t advocate my husband driving up it both as he’s afraid of steep, slender drives. However, it’s well worth the surroundings!
There’s additionally a stair case that may convey you as much as this viewpoint, however in fact, we went up the arduous method. Know that’s could be very steep stroll up, and a steep drop over the sting, so little ones strolling on their very own shouldn’t be suggested.
There’s additionally a toilet on the prime of this hill, and it’s a ‘latrine type”. The men’s rest room opens very intently to the sting, so I had everybody are available with me! As a mother of little ones, steep drops nonetheless are a bit cautious for me and the kiddos.
An attractive view of the lake from the highest.
A view right down to the street that results in the dam! And, we discovered the walkway up!
In case you are in search of the right park for fishing, swimming and boating-you have to take a look at Alamo Lake State Park. With it being solely 2 hours away from the Shock Space, it’s simply accessed and is a hidden gem. Plus, you get to see all of the superb wildlife too! Should you keep in a single day, you’ll be able to take a look at all the superb stars! Since it’s so darkish with no metropolis lights close to Alamo Lake State Park, star viewing is superb!
Alamo Lake State Park
Alamo Dam Street, Wenden, AZ
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