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Location

Roper Lake Locator Map

Elevation 3,130 feet   Fees

Contact the Park:
(928) 428-6760
Roper Lake SP
101 E. Roper Lake Road
Safford, AZ 85546

Facilities

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

Nearest Services: 6 miles

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511 Speed Code

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Park's Speed Code: 4237#

Fees

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

Camping Fees:
Non-Electric site: $18
Electric site: $28
Cabin Rental: $65-$70

Fee Schedule

Friends Group

Friends of Roper Lake State Park

Friends of Roper Lake State Park, a support organization

Science

Ecology Overview

Roper Lake State Park is located 6 miles south of Safford in Graham County in southeast Arizona. In 1974, under a management agreement with Arizona Game and Fish Commission, Arizona State Parks opened Roper Lake State Park to facilitate outdoor activities including hiking, camping, swimming, and fishing. Dankworth Pond was purchased by State Parks in 1975 and is managed as fishing “lake”. Roper Lake is comprised of a 30 surface acre lake and Dankworth Pond is comprised of a 15 surface acre lake. Dankworth Pond is located 3 miles south of Roper Lake. The Roper Lake-Dankworth Pond complex totals just over 338 acres including 20 acres of leased Bureau of Land Management property adjoining Dankworth Pond. Elevation at Roper Lake is 3,130 feet.

The Roper Lake-Dankworth Pond complex is bounded by a mix of agricultural land and Chihuahuan Desert Scrub. Characteristic or representative shrub species of the Chihuahuan Desert Scrub include Cresosotebush, Tarbush, Mesquite, Agave and Ocotillo. There is only one “endemic” plant species called lechugilla. The Chihuahuan Desert has a great diversity of wildlife species stemming from the riparian habitats, ephemeral streams, lakes, and sub-surface water aquifer.

Roper Lake’s hot spring flows through a man made structure and then out of a pipe and into a wetland containing two large, cattail encircled pools before entering the lake approximately 800 feet downstream.

Roper Lake-Dankworth Pond complex is home to 5 species of amphibians, 1 turtle species, 9 lizard species, 10 species of snakes, 28 species of dragon and damselflies, and over 60 species of birds. Common mammal species such as collared peccary, desert cottontail, grey fox, and mule deer, raccoon, and coyote are present within park boundaries.

Native habitats, endangered species and plant community composition and diversity are impacted by the occurrence of less desirable native and non-native (also known as invasive) plant and animal species in Arizona. Problem non-native invasive species, due to their potential to invade an area and cause adverse ecological impacts found at Roper Lake–Dankworth Pond include Saltcedar, Russian Olive, Bermuda grass, Mosquitofish, and Green sunfish. Cattail is a problem native invasive species, due to its potential to spread rapidly closing open water, reducing or eliminating wildlife habitat, reducing plant and animal species diversity, and decreasing water level stabilization.

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