Camp at Knoll Lake

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Added by Dan Deublein

Solitude & Tranquility. If those two words strike a chord with you, then pack your gear and head for Knoll Lake today!

The Campground is seasonal and is located on the left just before the lake. There are 33 well-developed units that offer fire-rings, grills, drinking water and vault toilets. No reservations are accepted and you will need to check in with the camp host. 

From central Phoenix, take Loop 202 east to Arizona 87 (Beeline Highway and go north to Payson. From there, take Arizona 260 east about 29 miles to Forest Road 300. Turn north (left) and go about 17 miles to FR 295E. Turn north (right) and drive about 3 miles to the signed turnoff for the lake. 

If you prefer backpacking, then hike the Babe Haut Trail #143. The trail begins below the Mogollon Rim near the Tonto Fish Hatchery. 

Knoll Lake is part of the Blue Ridge Ranger District and lies peacefully within the Coconino National Forest. Located Northeast of Woods Canyon Lake, this picturesque landscape sits upon the Rim in Leonard Canyon. The dam forms a 75-acre lake with a depth of 50 feet and is fed by Clear Creek. Named appropriately from the rocky island (knoll) that resides in the center, it is accessible by kayak, boat or swimming. 

Pack List

  • Tent
  • Food & Snacks
  • Cooking Utilities
  • Sleeping Bag
  • Kayak
  • Fishing Pole
  • Sunscreen & First Aid Kit
  • Bear Proof Container & Spray
  • Backpack
  • Headlamp 
  • GPS & Map
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Camping, Fishing, Hiking, Kayaking, Photography

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Spring, Summer, Autumn


Dog Friendly
Easy Parking
Family Friendly
Picnic Area

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Added by Dan Deublein

Dan is an explorer for The Outbound and editor of The Proper Function, an outdoor online editorial. He is passionate about exploration and can’t stay put for more than a week.

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