Alamo Lake Wildlife Area
Alamo Lake Wildlife Area offers a special opportunity to experience the solitude of the desert for recreation, wildlife observation, or just the pleasure of being outdoors.
Alamo Lake State Park and the Arizona Game and Fish Department provide support services and facilities for safe and enjoyable public recreation, including camping, boating, fishing, hunting, and wildlife observation. The wildlife area also contains numerous sites of cultural and archeological significance.
Camping: Alamo Lake State Park has a variety of facilities, including camp sites, telephone, water, sewer, and electric services.
Boating: Alamo Lake State Park has boat launch facilities, a fish cleaning station, group and individual picnic areas, and a privately operated concession/general store.
Fishing: Alamo Lake is well known as one of the outstanding bass fisheries in Arizona.
Wildlife observation: The area's lush wetland and streamside vegetation attracts a wide range of wildlife species, providing excellent opportunities for wildlife viewing.
Archeological sites: The wildlife area contains numerous sites of cultural and archeological significance.
CAUTION: Temperatures vary from 20°F in December and January to 118°F in June and July. Summer minimums are between 60-80°F. Winter maximums are in the mid-60s.
- Wood collecting limited to dead and down material, for on-site noncommercial use only.
- Overnight public camping in the wildlife area outside of Alamo State Park allowed for no more than 14 days within a 45-day period.
- Motorized vehicle travel permitted on designated roads, on designated trails, or in designated areas only.
- Open to hunting in season. Location Alamo Lake Wildlife Area is located in northeast La Paz County and southeast Mohave County, about 35 miles north of Wenden.
Directions: Take Alamo Dam Road north from Wenden, or Alamo Road west from U.S. Route 93 near Congress.
Wildlife Alamo Lake Wildlife Area provides riparian (streamside), wetland, and aquatic habitats for a diversity of wildlife species.
Birds: Waterfowl and shorebirds that frequent the area include ducks, geese and white pelicans. Other birds that can be found here include osprey and many species of migratory songbirds.
Mammals: Mammals that frequent the area include mule deer, javelina, bobcats and even wild burros.
Within the boundaries of the Alamo Lake Wildlife Area are Alamo Lake State Park, Alamo Lake, and Alamo Dam; a portion of the Bill Williams River below Alamo Dam; and portions of the Bill Williams, Big Sandy, and Santa Maria rivers above Alamo Lake.
Elevations range from 950 feet on the Bill Williams River below Alamo Dam to approximately 1,400 feet. The high water level of Alamo Lake is within the boundaries of the wildlife area. The gorge created by the Bill Williams River downstream from the dam is up to 500 feet deep.
Precipitation normally ranges from five inches to eight inches per year, falling from mid-July through October and from December through April.
Open water on the lake occupies about 2,735 acres (12 percent) of the 22,855 acres comprising the wildlife area, while riparian and wetland habitat covers about 4,000 acres (18 percent). The remaining 16,000 acres (70 percent) are desert upland habitat.
The vegetation in the wildlife area consists of Sonoran desertscrub and desert riparian plants.
The upland areas of Sonoran desertscrub sustain:
· littleleaf paloverde (Cercidium microphyllum)
· saguaro (Carnegia gigantea)
· creosotebush (Larrea tridentata)
· ocotillo (Fouquieria splendens)
· crucifixion thorn (Canotia holacantha)
· ironwood (Olneya tesota), white bursage (Ambrosia dumosa)
· brittlebush (Encelia farinosa)
Desert riparian habitat consists of:
· saltcedar (Tamarix sp.)
· saltbush (Atriplex canescens)
· arrowweed (Pluchia sericea)
· velvet mesquite (Prosopis juliflora var. velutina)
· seepwillow (Baccharis glutinosa)
· Fremont cottonwood (Populus fremontii)
· Goodding willow (Salix gooddingii)
· cattail (Typha spp.), rushes (Juncus spp.) and sedges (Scirp sp.)
Management Objectives and Goals
Management emphasis for Alamo Lake Wildlife Area is to provide for the protection, restoration, management and enhancement of wildlife habitat and associated wildlife populations. This management philosophy includes allowing for nonconflicting wildlife-associated recreation and other agency and public uses.
Alamo Lake State Park is managed for the development and use of public recreation facilities consistent with preservation and management of those wildlife and habitat values found at Alamo Lake and the Alamo Lake Wildlife Area.