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.