Williams has an abundance of outdoor recreational activities just waiting for you and your family to enjoy. Below are just a few that you can experience during Spring, Summer or Fall. Check out our list below of fun outdoor things to do in Williams.
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Beat the heat in the cool pines of the Kaibab Forest by taking a leisurely hike through sprawling meadows and tall ponderosa pine. There are dozens of marked local trails in the Williams area. Stop in the Williams-Forest Service Visitor Center for information on these little “secrets.” While you’re there pick up a copy of the Williams Hiking Trails book.
In addition to several local RV Parks Williams has the unique opportunity of hosting three U.S. Forest Service campgrounds located on three very beautiful fishing lakes. These lakes are stocked throughout the summer months so catching your dinner is a real possibility.
Kaibab lake Campground: Kaibab Lake is a great place to spend two hours or two weeks. It is located just a couple of miles outside the City of Williams off Highway 64 and is a popular spot for fishing, picnicking and camping. This 75 acre lake is surrounded by tall ponderosa pine and is open for camping from May 1st through September 30th with 73 total campsites. It offers an improved boat ramp for launching your canoe or boats with up to a 10 H.P. motor. Reservations are not required but can be made by calling 1-888-444-6777.
White Horse Lake Campground: White Horse Lake is an extremely popular spot for catching rainbow and brown trout. It is located 19 miles southeast of Williams and also offers excellent hiking, mountain biking and wildlife viewing. A trail following the lakeshore and one to Sycamore Canyon Vista are nearby. This 35 acre lake offers a small paved boat ramp. Only small electric boat motors are allowed. White Horse Lake is open for camping from May 1st through September 30th with a total of 94 single unit sites. Reservations are not required but can be made by calling 1-888-444-6777.
Dogtown Lake Campground: Dogtown Lake got its name from the extensive prairie dog towns that once covered the areas near the lake. Despite its name this 50 acre lake is actually surrounded by beautiful trees. The campground is approximately 6.5 miles south and east of Williams and has a spectacular view of Bill Williams Mountain. It offers a small boat ramp. Only electric boat motors are allowed. Dogtown is open from May 1st through September 30th with 60 camp sites. Reservations are not required but can be made by calling 1-888-444-6777.
Williams has six area lakes that offer fantastic fishing. Rainbow trout, brown trout, crappie and catfish can be found on any of these beautiful tree lined lakes.
Cataract Lake is located only one mile from downtown Williams and just opened a beautiful day-use area for picnics and fishing. It has a small boat ramp for launching your canoe or boats up to 10 H.P. motor. Camping is no longer allowed at Cataract Lake.
Santa Fe Dam Lake is located one mile from downtown on CR73. Its 42 foot high masonry dam was built in 1892. The lake is a favorite spot for in-town locals who enjoy catching trout and catfish.
J.D.Dam Lake is located about 19 miles from Williams. Half of it is on bumpy Forest Service roads. This 15 acre lake is approximately 20 feet deep and is an “artificial lures and flies only” lake. No live bait is allowed. Brown and rainbow trout are caught here.
Kaibab Lake is only a short three mile drive from downtown. Rainbow and Brown trout are frequently stocked here. The lake is easily accessed on a one mile paved road. At 6,800 foot elevation this is a very scenic lake to spend the day fishing on. It offers a boat ramp for launching canoes, kayaks or boats with up to a 10 H.P. motor.
White Horse Lake sits at 7,000 foot elevation. This 35 acre lake can be fished from shore or a small boat with an electric motor only. Rainbow and Brown trout are on the menu here.
Dogtown Lake is a 50 acre lake just east of Bill Williams Mountain and about seven miles from downtown. Shore and boat fishing are equally successful with Rainbow and Brown trout being caught. It hosts a small boat ramp for launching canoes, kayaks or small boats with electric motor only.
Stop in the Williams-Forest Service Visitor for free maps to these unique fishing spots.
These high mountain lakes are a perfect get-away to relax and enjoy the tranquil outdoors. Bring your small fishing boat, canoe or kayak and spend some quality time on these quiet little gems. Boat and kayak rentals are available at I-40 Fleet in Williams at 928-635-9199.
Williams boasts many spectacular mountain bike routes ranging from easy to moderate. Many of these routes utilize the hundreds of miles of U.S. Forest Service roads already in existence. The Williams Visitor Center can accommodate you with maps and trail guides.
Horseback riding is available at Mountain Ranch Stables just six miles east of Williams. They are open March through October and offer hourly and half-day rates. Call 928-635-0706 to reserve your seat in the saddle!
The Kaibab Forest offers 1,114 miles of Forest Service roads open to motorized use. These seldom traveled roads can take you to scenic and historical places like Sycamore Canyon, the Beale Trail, Laws Spring and many more. The adventurous can even take a day trip from Williams to the ghost town of Jerome on a “challenging” route up and over the Mingus Mountain. Some restrictions do apply and “off-road” travel is no longer allowed in the Kaibab Forest. The Williams-Forest Service Visitor Center can assist you with free Motor Vehicle Use Maps for the Kaibab Forest.
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Williams, AZ 86046
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