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BROOKCHAR, AZ

Photo: BROOKCHAR
Status: Closed through Wed Apr 30 2014   Season Dates
 

Overview

Brookchar Campground is tucked on the banks of Big Lake in the White Mountains of eastern Arizona. The campground is a small, tent-only facility comprised entirely of walk-in sites. Of the lake's five campgrounds, Brookchar is nearest to the water. The stocked lake draws anglers, and boat rentals and a boat ramp make it easy for campers to enjoy the lake's blue waters.

Natural Features:

The campground sits in the Apache-Sitgreaves National Forest at an elevation of 9,100 feet. The area is scenic, forested with ponderosa pine, fir, spruce and aspen, interspersed with high elevation meadows.

Summer temperatures are pleasant and cool, a nice respite from the heat of lower deserts. Visitors should come prepared for afternoon thunderstorms and cool nighttime temperatures.

Recreation:

Big Lake is one of Arizona's top trout fishing lakes, with rainbow, cutthroat, brook and Apache trout being the most sought-after species. The recreation area is also popular for hiking, mountain biking, horseback riding, birding and wildlife viewing.

Facilities:

The facility is small, with 12 tent-only, walk-to campsites. Campfire rings and restrooms are provided. A campground host resides on-site for visitor assistance.

A dump station, store, firewood, gas, food and boat rentals are located a short, half-mile drive away, and showers are just 1 mile away.

Nearby Attractions:

Several other lakes can be found in the surrounding area. Visitors can also explore endless vistas and take part in many outdoor activities in the surrounding Apache-Sitgreaves National Forest, which encompasses 2 million acres of magnificent mountain country in east-central Arizona and New Mexico.

Activities and Amenities

Within Facility
  • Boat Ramp
  • Boating
  • Campfire Rings
  • Drinking Water
  • Fishing
  • Flush Toilets
  • Lake Access
  • Parking Area
  • Tables
  • Tent sites
Less Than 1 Mile
  • Boat Rentals
  • Dump Station
  • Firewood Vendor
  • Fuel Available
  • General Store
  • Showers
Know Before You Go
  • Bears frequent the area; please obey all food storage rules and regulations. Check with your host for details.
  • Tent camping only; guests must walk to the sites; no RVs or trailers permitted
  • Parking is limited; maximum two vehicles per site
  • Fees include the first camping unit only; additional camping units will be charged an additional fee at check-in
  • Walk-in season dates are weather permitting only; call 928-537-8888 for status
  • This is a high elevation facility; use caution when traveling from lower elevations
  • Click here for more information on the Apache-Sitgreaves National Forest
    • Don't Move Firewood: Prevent the spread of tree-killing pests by obtaining firewood near your destination and burning it on-site. For more information visit don'tmovefirewood.org.
    • Don't Move Firewood: Prevent the spread of tree-killing pests by obtaining firewood near your destination and burning it on-site. For more information visit don'tmovefirewood.org.

    Getting There:

    GPS Info. (Latitude, Longitude):
    33.87556, -109.41306
    33°52'32"N, 109°24'47"W

    From Show Low, Arizona, take Highway 260 east for 60 miles to Highway 261. Take Highway 261 south for 20 miles to Forest Road 115 and follow it south for 1 mile.

    Contact Information:

    Mailing Address:

    BROOKCHAR
    APACHE-SITGREAVES
    AZ

    Phone Number:

    Information: (928)735-7313