Woods Canyon Lake Group Area is located in north central Arizona near the community of Forest Lakes. The camp is adjacent to popular Woods Canyon Lake and situated in thick pine forests, providing a great getaway for large groups of up to 100 people. It offers plenty of activities for anglers, boaters, hikers, families and photographers.
The group camping area is primitive but convenient to the lake. Vault toilets and drinking water are provided. The facility can comfortably accommodate 70 people, though the maximum is 100.
This location is operated under permit by Thousand Trails Management Services, Inc. and is currently open to welcome guests to individual family campsites only (8 guests or less per site) and group sites up to 50 people. Our campgrounds are opening with strict adherence to the following mandates:
Follow Arizona’s state order to “Stay Healthy. Return Smarter. Return Stronger.” as well as CDC and USDA pandemic guidelines.
Strict adherence to Physical Distancing between campsites will be enforced. Please respect the space of other campers and stay well away from other campsites to which you are not related or associated.
ONLY registered guests will be permitted in campgrounds. NO visitors allowed. Alert the host upon check-in if you expect a second vehicle in your site.
After-hours reservations proceed to your assigned site. Walk-ins, follow posted instructions concerning availability. You may not enter the campground to look for sites. You must completely fill out the provided fee envelope and make the payment before proceeding into the campground.
Local managers are committed to the health and safety of visitors and our staff. We are following the guidelines from our agency and the CDC regarding COVID-19, closely monitoring the situation and responding to current conditions. Please continue to monitor this page for status updates. Additional restrictions may be applied at any time.
If you have questions about a refund or reservation please call (928)535-9859
If you use a 3rd party vendor to deliver your camping equipment/rig, they must have a valid Forest Service permit issued by the Black Mesa Ranger District to enter the campground. If they do not have that permit, they will be denied entry to your site.
If you are renting equipment and are bringing it yourself, no special permit is required.
If you have any questions, contact the Black Mesa Ranger District at 928-535-7300
This group site/picnic area is open. Anyone reserving this site is required to follow local, state, and federal laws including COVID restrictions. Please ensure you are fully aware of any COVID restrictions for the state of Arizona and Coconino County where this campground is located.
This is a high elevation facility; please use caution when traveling from lower elevations
Well behaved dogs on a leash or lead are welcome. Dogs must be attended at all times - do not leave unattended dogs in campsites. Visitors who bring aggressive or nuisance dogs will be asked to leave - no refund will be given.
Woods Canyon Lake is surrounded by a dense forest of pine, fir, oak and aspen, and sits at an elevation of 7,000 feet. Hikers who venture onto nearby trails are afforded expansive views of the land beneath the Mogollon Rim. The Mogollon Rim, pronounced by locals as "muggy-own," is a 200-mile long cliff in northern Arizona that ranges between 5,000 and 7,000 feet in elevation and serves as the geographical dividing line between the cool high country above and the hot, dry desert below.
Summer temperatures can be very pleasant because of the elevation. However, the rainy season often brings afternoon thunderstorms from late June through August. Visitors should come prepared for rain and cool nighttime temperatures.
Wildlife viewing includes birds, squirrels, deer and elk. Deer, skunks and bears are common campground visitors.
The nearest full service community is Payson, Arizona, 35 miles west on Highway 260.
Visitors can explore endless vistas and take part in many outdoor activities in the surrounding Apache-Sitgreaves National Forest, which encompasses 2 million acres of magnificent mountain country in east-central Arizona and New Mexico.
Woods Canyon Lake is one of seven lakes in the Rim Lakes Recreation Area, and one of the most visited. Trout fishing (both lake and stream) is a favorite pastime. Woods Canyon Lake only allows electric boat motors. Two other lakes are within a short drive.
The Rim Lakes Vista Trail, less than a mile from the campground, and others in the area lead to spectacular views of the Mogollon Rim. An easy hiking trail meanders around the lake, and the paved roads in the recreation area make for great afternoon bike rides.
Families might also enjoy attending educational programs given by Forest Service rangers on the weekends.
From Payson, Arizona, take Highway 260 northeast from Payson toward Heber. Turn left (west) onto Forest Road 300 and follow for 3 miles. Turn right at Woods Canyon Lake Road and travel 0.75 miles to the campground on the right side of the road.