Lyman Lake State Park RV & Campground Guide


The Lyman Lake State Park is a recreational lake that was created as a reservoir by damming the Little Colorado River in Arizona in 1912. Lyman Lake became part of Arizona's first state park in 1961 and has become a popular destination for fishing, boating, and other water activities. The 1,500-acre lake is still a reservoir and has fluctuating water levels with a full-pond average depth of 22 feet and the deepest level of 57 feet. It is the only lake in Arizona that has no boat size restrictions for water skiing and other boating activities, and fishing for largemouth bass, channel catfish, carp, walleyes, and sunfish is a favorite pastime. Lyman Lake State Park has 23 tent camping sites; 38 RV sites with water, sewer, and electric hookups; four cabins; and four yurts, and visitors can view archaeological sites, prehistoric areas, petroglyphs and rock art from the extensive hiking trails. The lake is fed by snowmelt, so be prepared for a brisk swim if you take a dip.

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Spring 35-90 F
Summer 61-82 F
Fall 38-48 F
Winter 19-63 F
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Nearby Cities
St. Johns, AZ
Springerville, AZ
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RV Resorts & Campsites in Lyman Lake State Park

Visiting a state park in an RV is an ideal way to see and experience all the park has to offer while you are comfortably installed in your traveling home. Staying in an RV at the park means you won't have to worry about packing and unpacking, and cooking is easy with your own supplies.

Springerville RV Park

Springerville RV Park is a newly opened facility near the White Mountains and just south of Lyman Lake State Park. It is still undergoing additional construction but has all the basics, such as 30 pull-through full-hookup sites with 30 and 50 amps. The park is pet-friendly, and horse trailers are welcome.

• Types of sites: Large pull-through spaces up to 34 feet wide

• Electricity: 30 and 50 amps at every site

• Water: Water hookups at every site

• Sewer: Hookups at every site

• Washrooms: Showers and restrooms 

• Laundry: Yes

• Reservation lengths: Nightly and weekly

• Other amenities: Electric car charging for a fee, horse trailer accommodations (call first) and Wi-Fi

Apache Trout Campground

Apache Trout Campground is one of five campgrounds located in the Big Lake Recreation Area in the Apache-Sitgreaves National Forest and is located south of Lyman Lake State Park. The park is in the White Mountains of Arizona; sits at an elevation of 9,100 feet; and features a variety of trees, such as Douglas fir, ponderosa pine, spruce and aspen. Visitors can also enjoy hiking, mountain biking, wildlife viewing and bird-watching.

• Types of sites: Large spaces up to 82 feet long and 20 feet wide

• Number of sites: Two group sites, 81 nonelectrical sites and 44 full-hookup sites

• Water: Water available at every site

• Sewer: Hookups at every site

• Washrooms: Showers and restrooms 

• Laundry: No

• Dump station: Yes

Casa Malpais RV Park

Casa Malpais RV Park is conveniently located in the White Mountains of Arizona and is close to the Casa Malpais Archaeological Park, the White Mountain Dinosaur Exploration Center and the Apache-Sitgreaves National Forest. You will enjoy the recreation hall for the ping-pong and pool tables, and you will appreciate the cleanliness and quiet. 

• Types of sites: 56 pull-through sites with full hookups

• Electricity: 30 and 50 amps

• Water: Water available at every site

• Sewer: Full hookups

• Washrooms: Showers and bathrooms

• Laundry: Yes

• Other amenities: DirecTV, Wi-Fi, recreation hall, lounge area with TV and barbecue area

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What to Do at
Lyman Lake State Park

Inside Lyman Lake State Park

The park’s fishing and boating are the prime attractions, but you will also want to try out the many hiking trails inside the park. The Peninsula Petroglyph Trail is a quarter-mile trail that features several petroglyphs with interpretive signs. The Buffalo Trail is 2 miles and has steep, vertical inclines and steps, and the Pointe Trail is 1 mile and overlooks the entire park. There is plenty of wildlife to see while at the park, such as a variety of waterfowl and shorebirds. You can also see small mammals like squirrels, raccoons, rabbits, jackrabbits, skunks, coyotes and bobcats, and you may even catch a glimpse of larger animals like mule deer, elk and pronghorn antelope.

Outside Lyman Lake State Park

To mix things up a bit while you are staying at Lyman Lake State Park, you will probably want to explore all the fun areas outside of the park. Eastern Arizona is home to the White Mountains, and there are many national and state parks and forests to explore and many sites to see that showcase Native American history. If you're adventurous, you're only a couple of hours from the Grand Canyon! When you want to take a pause from nature and grab a bite to eat and relax or go to town to pick up some needed supplies, you have many choices. Check out the following local stores, shops and places of interest that are close to Lyman Lake State Park.


Truck Stop

This is a unique outdoor venue for food trucks in a cozy grassy area with sand for the kids and games for everyone. The vendors vary from week to week, and there are live bands in the evenings. It's open Thursday through Saturday from 11:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. on Thursday and to 10:00 p.m. on Friday and Saturday.

Type: Food trucks

Location: Highway 191 between Lyman Lake and St. Johns

Ditty's Pizza and Pie

Ditty's is open for lunch and dinner.

Type: Made-to-order pizza and wings as well as ice cream

Location: St. Johns on W. Cleveland Street

Village Café

This family-owned restaurant serves up homemade dishes in a casual café setting. Everything is made on-site. It is open for breakfast and lunch from 7:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Type: Coffee, sandwiches and desserts

Location: St. Johns on E. Commercial Street


Circle K

This is a convenience store with gas station, and it's open 24 hours.

Location: St. Johns on E. Commercial Street

All Bout the Clothing

This is a retail apparel store that is open Monday through Saturday. It sells women's and children's clothing as well as some toys.

Location: St. Johns on W. Cleveland Street


Grand Canyon National Park

This is one of the most iconic natural landmarks in the world. There are easy hop-on-and-off shuttles on the rim trail sections and multiple hiking trails of varying lengths and degrees that lead down to the bottom of the gorge.

Location: A little over two hours from St. Johns with the South Rim entrance abut 75 miles from Flagstaff

The Renée Cushman Art Collection Museum

This is an art museum located in the Springerville Heritage Center.  It features an extensive collection of art that Renée Cushman collected on various trips with resources from three wealthy husbands and inherited from her father. There is a Rembrandt engraving, Tiepolo ink drawings and many European antiques.

Location: Springerville on E. Main Street

Coronado Trail

This is a 123-mile stretch of U.S. 191 referred to as the “Devil’s Highway.” It has many elevation transitions from meadows and spruce- and ponderosa-covered mountains to the Sonoran Desert's pinon pine, juniper, grasslands and cacti. There are numerous places to stop and take in the views.

Location: Between Clifton and Springerville

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How to Get to
Lyman Lake State Park

Lyman Lake State Park is located on Highway 180/191 between St. Johns and Springerville in Eastern Arizona. If traveling from Interstate 40, you can exit on either Highway 180 coming from the west or Highway 191 if driving from the east.

By Car

Entering Lyman Lake State Park

The park is open 24 hours a day all year.

Lyman Lake State Park Vehicle Fee : $7.0

1-4 people

Lyman Lake State Park Bike : $3.0

per person

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