Roper Lake State Park
Roper Lake Now Offers 24/7 Online Campground & Camping Cabin Reservations!
Reserve your spot (campground RV or tent site or a camping cabin) from the comfort of your home, anytime of day. Make online reservations Site reservations for this park 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.
Notice of Hot Tub Construction
The natural stone hot tub area will be under construction for renovations during the summer months. Please check the website or call the park (928) 428-6760) for updates on actual closing dates. We thank you for your patience during construction while we work to provide you a better hot tub experience.
Sept. 27: National Public Lands Day at Dankworth Pond
8 – 11 am. The Bureau of Land Management-Safford Field Office, in partnership with Arizona State Parks, will host a National Public Lands Day (NPLD) event at Dankworth Pond, a unit of Roper Lake State Park in Safford, Arizona. The National Public Lands Day is the nation’s largest, single day volunteer effort for public lands and is celebrated annually on a Saturday in late September. The NPLD educates about environment and natural resources and the need for shared stewardship of these irreplaceable lands.
Call for Volunteers! We would like to extend an invitation to any/all groups, organizations or individuals to participate in this event at the Dankworth Indian Village at Dankworth Pond, three miles south of Roper Lake. The Dankworth Indian Village is a re-created archaeological site that features structures of previous cultures from the area. This area was used by Native Americans over 11,500 years ago, when southeastern Arizona was cooler and wetter than it is today. Volunteers will provide assistance to reconstruct historic sites, install signage and provide trail maintenance. If you are interested in volunteering please contact Christina M. Ramirez at (928) 348-4444 or emai cramirez(at)blm.gov.
Dankworth Pond Stocked
Dankworth Pond was stocked at the end of May with Large Mouth Bass & Channel Cats. Please remember Dankworth Pond entrance fee is $7 per vehicle. This is paid through self-registration and therefore exact cash is required.
Volunteers are needed for the summer at both Roper Lake and Dankworth Ponds, visit our Volunteer page for more information.
On May 11, Erika Miranda of Morenci, AZ caught a 1.2 pound Red-Eared Sunfish while fishing at Roper Lake SP. Congratulations Erika!
After a long day of driving or hiking, the natural hot springs at Roper Lake State Park are inviting and invigorating. Enjoy desert vegetation, an accessible fishing dock, and stunning views of Mount Graham. Roper Lake is stocked with Largemouth bass and Rainbow trout; it’s a great place for kids to catch their first fish. Boats are limited to small electric motors, creating ideal conditions for a sail board or a canoe. Enjoy five miles of trails in the park.
Three miles south of the park is sub-unit Dankworth Pond. . Dankworth Pond is a relaxing, peaceful haven where you can enjoy excellent birdwatching and the stillness of nature. You may even glimpse Gamble’s quail or heron. Dankworth Pond entrance fee is $7 per vehicle. This is paid through self-registration and therefore exact cash is required.
Roper Lake has 30 lake surface acres, a boat ramp, natural stone hot tub, a swimming beach, a day use island with picnic tables and grills, camping cabins, and campgrounds. Reservations are available for camping cabins and select campsites.
Dankworth Pond Has Re-Opened
Dankworth Pond, which underwent a 3 year renovation, is located 3 miles south of Roper Lake SP.
• Pond Draining / Drying of Cattails, Summer 2011
• Burning of Cattails, October 2011
• Removal of Cattail Rootballs, December 2011
• Reshape pond, January/February 2012
• Refill pond, Summer/Fall/ Winter 2012
• Pond full, February 2013
• Restock Blue Gill & Catfish, Spring 2013
• Re-opening Preparation: Site clean up; rehab of restroom building; placement of new picnic tables, benches, trash cans, and trail work
• Soft Opening, July 2013
• Grand Re-Opening Event, December 2013
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