Apache Trout Campground – Big Lake

Apache Trout Campground

reservationsApache Trout Campground is the most recent addition to the campgrounds at Big Lake. 124 campsites are at the campground of which 41 will have full hookups. Also, 24 campsites will be ADA compliant for those with disabilities. Several shower facilities are on site as well as a dump station for those camping with RV’s.

One new amenity at Big Lake is two group campsites, Group site A will be for groups up to 100 people and 50 vehicles. The 2009 rate is $350 per night. Group site B will be for groups up to 50 people and 25 vehicles. The 2009 rate is $175 per night.

Most of the campground has no shade, so make sure you bring some. There are ponderosa, spruce, Douglas fir and aspens scattered around the edges of the campground. There are 22 double sites in the campground making this a perfect campground for those with small groups. Just a hop, skip and a jump away is the Big Lake Store, which stocks all of the essentials and is where you can rent boats for fishing.

Here is the link for the Big Lake Tackle and Supply located on the lake for information about boat rentals.


Purple – Sites with full hookups (electric, water, sewer)

Blue – Regular Sites – no hookups

Green – Group Campsites – no hookups


From Springerville travel west 5 miles to the Big Lake turnoff (AZ261). Travel up the mountain 18 miles to FR 113 and turn left. Travel 2 miles to the Big Lake entrance (FR115) and turn right. Travel past the country store and all of the adjacent campgrounds. Apache Trout Campground is the last campground in the Big Lake Recreation Area.

General Notes

  • Elevation – 9035′
  • Season – April to October
  • Stay Limit – 14 Days
  • Fee – Yes
  • Campsites – 124
  • Trailer Limit – 82′
  • Access – Dirt
  • Potable Water – Yes
  • Restrooms – Flush
  • Showers – Yes – 4 facilities
  • Grills, Fire Rings and Campsite tables