|Alamo Lake Wildlife Area|
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, whil...
Alamo Lake State Park
|Description: 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 lake. If winter rains are adequate, there is potential for tremendous displays of wildflowers in early spring, and the lake environment attracts a variety of wildlife year round.|
Wildlife to Watch: In the winter, the lake has high populations of grebes and waterfowl, including several species of teal, mallard, ruddy duck, bufflehead, common goldeneye, and eared grebe. There is year round viewing of waterbirds such as American coot, western and Clark’s grebes, great egret, black-crowned night-heron, great blue heron, double-crested cormorant, American white pelican, and an occasional brown pelican. During migration, gulls, terns, and shorebirds can also be observed. Bald eagles have nested at the upper end of the lake and below the dam. The eagles and osprey can routinely be seen foraging around the area. You may also see gray fox, coyote, mule deer, javelina, bighorn sheep, and feral burros. During the warmer months many reptiles and amphibians may also be encountered, including Sonoran mud turtle, desert iguana, common chuckwalla, Gila monster, rosy boa, western lyresnake, speckled rattlesnake, red-spotted toad, and Great Plains toad.
Special Tips: Fee Site.
Use caution if venturing off the main roads; dirt roads can quickly turn into rugged jeep trails.
Ownership: Arizona State Parks
Size: 2858 acres
Closest Town: Wenden
Best Seasons for Wildlife Viewing: