Dogtown Lake received its unique name, due to the expansive prairie dog town that once covered the open areas near the lake. Today, visitors will discover fewer prairie dogs than people at the lake. Dogtown Lake is a calm restful spot to visit. The lake is medium sized with trees rimming its edge. Dogtown Lake is many activities to offer its visitors. There are 51 campsites available. Dogtown Lake Campground is open May 15 through October 31. The campsites have picnic tables and fire rings. There is a group site at Dogtown Lake. Pit toilets, a dump station, and water faucets are located in the camping area. 

There are no utility hookups. There is a 14-day stay limit. An $8.00 fee is charged per night, up to nine people. Group sites are about $120.00 per night, up to 50 people. Check this price, it has been a while since I checked. Tents, trailers, and small motor homes are welcome. However, services are limited during the winter months. Campers will enjoy the nature trail winding around the area. 

Pets are permitted as long as they are restrained. The lake has a small boat launch. Powerboats are limited to single electric motors of one horsepower or less. The lake is stocked with trout, crappies, and channel catfish. A fishing license is required for anyone over the age of 14. 

There is no swimming in the lake. The Dogtown Lake Trail gives visitors a pleasant path for a stroll around the lake. The trail also serves another purpose, to prevent damage to the lakeshore. The trail covers two miles and will take you less than an hour to travel. The Dogtown Lake Trail begins just west of the picnic area at the lake. The best time to make your visit is during the early spring or early winter. 

You can get to Dogtown Lake by heading east out to Ash Fork to the town of Williams. Then head south on Fourth Street for approximately 3 and a half miles. Once you are at County Road 140 turn left and continue on for three miles. When you get to County Road 132 turn left and follow the road to Dogwood Lake. If you are coming from Phoenix or Tucson take Interstate 17 north out of town up to Flagstaff. Once you are in Flagstaff, take Interstate 40 west out of town to Williams. When you are in Williams take Fourth Street south for three and a half miles. 

Then take a left onto County Road 140 and continue for three miles. When you get to County Road 132 turn left and follow the road to Dogwood Lake. 

The roads to the lake are a combination of pavement and gravel. Some of these roads can be difficult to pass on during the winter. You will need to check the conditions. If you would like more information on this lake, you may call 520-635-4061.

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. More information is available at the Visitors Center or Williams Ranger District Office.

Camping, picnicking and hiking.
Wildlife viewing.
Fishing and/or boating.

Facilities: There are 51 campsites with picnic tables and fire rings and 1 group site. There is a small boat-launch ramp. Pit toilets and water faucets are scattered throughout the campground. Water is not available during winter months. Power boats are limited to single electric motors of 1HP or less.

Fee: $8 per vehicle per night up to 9 people/site. Group sites are $120 per night up to 50 people/site. Tents, trailers, and small motorhomes are allowed, but no utility hookups are available.

Season of Use: May 15 - October 31 or as weather permits

Elevation: 7050 feet

Location: About 6.5 miles south and east of Williams.


Access/Road Conditions: 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; however, they are usually closed by snow during winter months.