Wildlife Viewing Areas
 Search the U.S.
Find an AnimalFind a Viewing AreaPlan a TripAboutContact

 

Purchase the Arizona wildlife viewing guide
Arizona Game and Fish

Arizona State Parks

Arizona Tourism

Allen Severson Wildlife Area (Pintail Lake)
The City of Show Low, in cooperation with the Apache-Sitgreaves National Forests and Arizona Game and Fish Department, became the first Arizona community and one of the first in the nation to create artificial wetlands for the disposal of wastewater effluent. The scarcity of marshland ecosystems...
more info

Fool Hollow Lake Recreation Area
Description: Fool Hollow Lake Recreation Area offers year-round wildlife viewing opportunities, as well as camping, fishing, picnicking, and boating. A dam on Show Low Creek forms 180-acre Fool Hollow Lake, creating a natural feeding ground for a variety of wildlife.

Wildlife to Watch: Fool Hollow Lake is a very good birding site. Visitors should walk campsite loops and look for common mergansers and other diving ducks on the eastern arm of the lake. During winter months, visitors can often see bald eagles perched on snags. On the west side of the lake, fishing piers are good places to set spotting scopes to view both dabbling and diving ducks. In addition to a wide variety of waterfowl, other water birds that can be observed here include double-crested cormorant, great blue heron, black-crowned night-heron, spotted sandpiper, and long-billed dowitcher.

The upland area offers rock wren, dark-eyed junco, pygmy and white-breasted nuthatch and several woodpecker species, like red-naped sapsucker and northern flicker. At the bluffs, look for belted kingfisher and black phoebe. During spring migration, check clumps of trees for migrating warblers, including Virginia’s, orange-crowned, and red-faced, plus warbling vireo. Also watch for northern harrier, osprey, turkey vulture, and American kestrel. In addition to birds, visitors may see other animals such as mule deer, elk, Abert’s and rock squirrels, golden-mantled ground squirrel, Arizona treefrog, Arizona toad, and eastern collared lizard.

Special Tips: 

Ownership: Arizona State Parks 
Size: 800 acres 
Closest Town: Show Low

Facilities:
RestroomsParkingTent CampingFishingPicnic tablesBoat LaunchHandicap AccessibleTrailer Camping

Best Seasons for Wildlife Viewing:
SpringSummerFallWinter

Common Merganser - photo by USFWS
Map
Use link below please

Driving Directions:
From downtown Show Low at the traffic light on Deuce of Clubs and Old Linden Road, travel 2.5 miles northwest on Old Linden Road to the signed state park entrance. An alternative route is to take the signed turnoff from Hwy. 260 onto Old Linden Road on the west side of Show Low and travel ½ mile to the park entrance.

For more information call 928-537-3680

Map Link

 
Fool Hollow Lake Recreation Area : Wildlife Viewing Area