Brookchar Campground – Big Lake

Brookchar Campground
Brookchar Campground



Brookchar Campground is a tent only, walk in campground. There are parking areas along the road below and above the campground, but you must walk all of your camping gear from the parking areas to the campsite.  Most campsites are within 50 yards or so from the parking areas.  This is quite possibly the best tent only campground in Arizona.  The views of Big Lake from the campground are outstanding.  The campground sits just above the boat ramp at Big Lake. Most of the campsites are shaded extremely well.

There is a country store just east of the campground for most of your needs including boat rentals, ice, food and fishing gear. For boat rentals call 928-521-1387. Store hours are as follows; weekend: 6:00 am-6:00 pm, all other days 8:00 am-5:00 pm. Check out some of the years best catches in the pictures under the glass at the register. You really can’t miss when you get a campsite at Big Lake, virtually every amenity is available! Showers and a dump station are located just east of the Rainbow Campground. The Visitor Center is located just before you reach the Cutthroat Campground and there are often scheduled activities so check it out when you arrive.

Be prepared for very cold nights in the spring and fall and afternoon showers sometimes occur daily.

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


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. The campground is 1 mile ahead.

General Notes

  • Elevation: 9040′
  • Season ” Mid April to Mid October, weather dependant
  • Stay Limit 14 days
  • Units – 13
  • Tent Only
  • Access – Paved to parking area -walk-in to campsites.
  • Potable Water: Yes
  • Showers available near Rainbow Campground
  • General Store just east and within walking distance from campground.
  • Campsite Grills, Fire Rings and Tables
  • Flush Toilet
  • Boat Ramp nearby
  • Boat rentals at General Store