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Fool Hollow Lake Locator Map

Elevation 6,300 feet  Fees

Contact Recreation Area:
(928) 537-3680
Fool Hollow Lake RA
1500 N. Fool Hollow Lake
Show Low, AZ 85901


Visitor Center Restrooms Group: Day Use Areas Camping Electric RV Sites Non Electric RV Sites Dump Station Showers Picnic Areas/Shelters Hiking Trails Fishing Swimming Boat Ramp Non-Motorized Watercraft Wildlife Viewing Amphitheater

Nearest Services: 2 miles

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Speed Code: 4211#


Recreation Area Fees:
Per Vehicle (1-4 Adults): $7.00
Individual/Bicycle: $3.00

Camping Fees:
(2 vehicles per site)
Non-Electric site: $17
Electric site: $30
Specific "Double sites": $50

Fee Schedule

Fool Hollow Lake Recreation Area

Fool Hollow Lake Recreation AreaEvery Friday: Free summer Nature Walk

9am. Learn more about the flora, fauna and history of the area. There is no entrance fee to attend the walks. Entrance station staff will direct you to the starting location of each nature walk or hike. Each walk or hike lasts one to one-and-a-half hours. For more information, call 928-537-3680 or 928-368-2100.Fool Hollow Lake Now Offers 24/7 Online Campground Reservations!

August 22 - Bald Eagle/Osprey Program

7:30pm. Join the National Forest Service for a free presentation about Fool Hollow’s Bald Eagles and Osprey. Learn more about the life and legacy of these amazing fishers as well as what you can do to ensure the survival of these creatures and where you can see them in the local area.

The event will be outside at the Adair Amphitheater, located in the East Side Day Use of Fool Hollow Lake Recreation Area. There is no entrance fee to attend and the duration will be about one hour. Please be advised evening interpretive programs may be canceled or relocated to a covered ramada within the West Side Day Use Area if extremely bad monsoon weather occurs.  

For more information about the evening interpretive programs and nature walks or to obtain a free summer program schedule, call 928-537-3680 or 928-368-2100.

Looking for a great place to spend the weekend with the family? Check out our reviews then reserve your spot!

Reserve your spot (campground RV or tent site) from the comfort of your home, anytime of day. Make online reservations More Site reservations for this recreation area are also available by calling the Reservation Center at (520) 586-2283. You can call 7 days a week, from 8 am to 5 pm MST. There is a $5 non-refundable reservation fee per site.

Rent a Canoe or KayakCanoe & Kayak Rentals

Wild Life Outdoors offers canoe and kayak rentals at the east dock of the lake.
Hours: Monday – Wednesday: By Reservation Only
Thursday and Friday: 10am. - 4pm.
Saturday: 9am. - 5pm.
Sunday: 9am. - 4pm.
Reservations can be made after hours by calling the above number. Two (2) hour rental minimum will apply for after hour rentals
For more information on our hourly and full day rates, family group rates, bait and fishing supplies, as well as snacks and drinks, call our rental facility located on the East Dock. (928) 892-9170.

2015 Summer Interpretive Programs

2015 Summer Interpretive programs are over for the season. We will restart them on Memorial Day week-end of 2015. Get the full schedule of programs here!

Recreation Area Notices (3-31-15)

Redhead Loop - OPEN
Mallard Loop - OPEN
Cinnamon Teal Loop - OPEN
Osprey Loop - OPEN
Bald Eagle Loop - OPEN
Ruddy Duck Loop will open on April 24th
Northern Harrier will open on May 1st
Opening dates may vary depending on weather and use requirements.

The lake level is down 13 feet vertical and may make launching boats difficult. Please use caution when trying to launch your boat.

The Fishing docks are also harder to access due to the low lake level as the ramps can be very steep. Please use caution when accessing and departing from your boat.

Fool Hollow Lake waterfront
Fool Hollow Lake Recreation Area offers year-round camping, picnicking, & more.

Imagine camping in the Apache-Sitgreaves National Forest External Linkamong 100-foot pine trees beside a quiet lake watching majestic great blue herons at a cool 6,300 feet in elevation. Year-round camping, fishing, picnicking, boating and wildlife viewing opportunities make Fool Hollow Lake Recreation Area a popular place. This 800-acre, cool, country recreation area with a 150-acre lake offers history, too.

The tiny town of Adair has long since been covered by the lake, but it was Thomas Jefferson Adair who was responsible for the name Fool Hollow. In 1885, Adair moved into the area with the intention of farming. The locals joked that only a fool would try and farm the place. The name stuck!

This state-of-the-art recreation area, located in the Apache-Sitgreaves National Forest, opened in 1994 as a result of an innovative partnership between the U.S. Forest Service, Arizona State Parks, Arizona Game and Fish, the City of Show Low, and corporate sponsors Arizona Public Service and McCarty Construction Company.

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