Lyman Lake State Park, St. John's, Arizona

We stayed at this state park in mid-April. Temperatures were freezing at night and cool and breezy during the day with abundant sunshine. Hookups at many sites keep campers toasty during these cooler nights. Many sites in this high plains campground have lake views. Several sites are lakeside. During our stay,
this place was a ghost town. There are an abundance of day use spots along with a boat launch available, so I am guessing this high elevation lake (6,000 feet) is a popular respite in summer months, but during our stay only a few boats took advantage of the lake. We were not delighted with this place, but it did serve a purpose with a quiet place to spend a few nights as we made our way around the state. There are a lot of day use spots, fishing is popular, and some hiking trails featuring petroglyphs that we found interesting. Otherwise, be ready to sit lakeside with little to look at. The scenery is lackluster and the murky brown water did not entice us enough to get the kayaks out of storage. This lake is actually a resovoir along the Little Colorado River and fluctuates greatly based on water usage. There are two main loop areas of the campground. We selected a lakeside spot in the first loop which offers water and electric sites, some with sewer. The second loop is slightly elevated and are closer to the highway, which isn't busy. All sites are set along a nicely paved interior road and offer level, paved pads, fire pits, bbq, tent pads, a cement picnic table pad with a shade ramada, which I imagine is nice in warmer months. A few trees spot the campground. Additionally there are beach camping spots and small cabins with an RV pad and hookup. There is a camp store with a few fishing supplies, snacks, ice, and Arizona State Park memorabilia. Although we won't be back for a second visit, I could see where maybe the lake amenities in summer might be attractive to landlocked campers.

Best Sites: 1, 3, 5, 7, 9, 11, 13-16
Poor Sites: 18-24 (especially 23 & 24)
Hookups: Electric, Water & Sewer at some sites
Potable Water: Yes
Dump Within Facility: Yes