|Alamo Lake State Park|
Alamo Lake State Park is a remote but well-visited site. The stark desert beauty is reflected off the water of Alamo Lake, located on the Bill Williams River where the Big Sandy and Santa Maria Rivers join. Located at 1,300 feet elevation, cacti dot the mountainous landscape that surrounds the la...
Alamo Lake Wildlife Area
|Description: Magnificent scenic views of the surrounding mountains and Sonoran Desert uplands are available from almost every part of the wildlife area. Here, the Big Sandy and Santa Maria Rivers combine to form the Bill Williams River. The confluence of the rivers creates a broad-leaf riparian woodland, while the lake provides viewing of a variety of aquatic habitats. The Wildlife Area is one of The Nature Conservancy’s Sustainable Rivers Project sites and is designated as an Arizona State Audubon Society Important Bird Area. One paved road provides access to the Alamo Lake State Park portion of the Wildlife Area. The other roads in the wildlife area are a combination of gravel-surfaced and unmaintained primitive routes.|
Wildlife to Watch: The area's lush wetland and streamside vegetation attracts a wide range of wildlife species, providing excellent opportunities for wildlife viewing. Wildlife may be viewed from vehicles on designated roads and trails, by foot on trails and designated areas throughout the Wildlife Area, and by boat on Alamo Lake.
Waterfowl and shorebirds frequent the area; American white pelican and western grebe reproduce on Alamo Lake. Bald eagles nest in the wildlife area, as does the southwestern willow flycatcher, yellow-billed cuckoo, black-chinned hummingbird, Gila and ladder-backed woodpeckers, vermilion, ash-throated and brown-crested flycatchers, Bell’s vireo, crissal thrasher, phainopepla, Lucy’s and yellow warblers, yellow-breasted chat, summer tanager, blue grosbeak, Abert’s towhee, Bullock’s oriole, and lesser goldfinch. Mule deer, javelina, bobcat, coyote, and desert cottontail are common. Look for feral burros, especially in summer when they come to the water. Common reptiles and amphibians that may be encountered by visitors include common kingsnake, long-nosed snake, Sonoran mud turtle, desert spiny and ornate tree lizards, and red-spotted and Great Plains toads.
Ownership: Arizona Game & Fish Dept.
Size: 20,000 acres
Closest Town: Wenden
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