Lyman Lake Facility Information

Visitor Center & Gift Shop

Lyman Lake StoreThe Visitor Center is the Lyman Lake Market. Hours may vary during different seasons, contact the park for current times. The Lyman Lake Market sells Day Use and Camping permits, Hunting and Fishing licenses plus ice, drinks and grocery items. The store carries supplies for camping, boating and fishing to include bait and tackle. Books, toys, gift items, collectables and clothing are also featured. Firewood, propane and gasoline are also available.

If Visitor Center is closed:

Campers:  If you have a reservation, proceed to your campsite.  We will contact you during the day with your tags.  If you do not have a reservation, choose a site that is not reserved. You may either return to the office when it is open or utilize the self-pay option for one night.  The self-pay station is located at the Visitor Center/Store. Maps and self-pay envelopes are provided at the station.

Day Use: Use the self-pay station. Envelopes and maps are located at the station. Price is $7.00 per vehicle.


This park has modern, handicap accessible restrooms with hot water and flush toilets. Restrooms in the cabin rental and camping areas have showers. Use of showers and restrooms are included in the camping fee permit.

Dump Station

A dump station is available with payment of the $5 fee.


Showers are available in the campgrounds and cabin restrooms.

Picnic Areas/Shelters

There are 16 picnic areas with shaded ramadas located at the day use area and the trailhead area for day use visitors.

Lyman Lake Park Rules

  • Camping only in designated areas.
  • Stay on established roads.
  • Obey speed limits.
  • No picnicking in campgrounds.
  • Leash law enforced.
  • Pick-up after all pets.
  • Quiet hours are 10 p.m. – 7 a.m.
  • No wood gathering.
  • Fire in rings or grills only.
  • Check out time for campers is 12 noon.
  • Check out time for cabins is 10 a.m.
  • It is unlawful to remove any plants, or animals, archaeological, geological, or
    historical objects from the park.

Agency Rules & Regulations 

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) about Lyman Lake

Q: Do you take reservations for the campground?
A: Yes, we accept campground reservations. You may reserve campsites 24/7 for this park online  or for Camping Cabins. Site reservations are available by calling the Reservation Center at 1-877-MY PARKS (697-2757). You can call seven days a week, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. MST. There is a $5 non-refundable reservation fee per site.

Q: Is it safe to swim in the lake?
A: Yes it is safe to swim in the lake. The water tends to look cloudy or brown because the river continually brings silt down the mountain.

Q: Can you fish in the lake?
A: Yes. Catfish, largemouth bass, and walleye are all available in the lake.

Q: Are there any hiking trails or things to do while staying in the park?
A: Yes. There are three trails of varying length. The most popular hike is the Petroglyph Trail. It wanders through a wide variety of Petroglyphs where it is easy to get a good, up close look at them. Petroglyphs are pictures carved into stone by members of ancient Native American cultures. Interpretive signs and downloadable guides explain the historic and cultural importance of the images.

Q: Can I use my personal watercraft on the lake?
A: Yes, the lake has no size restrictions on boats, motors, or personal watercraft.

Q: Where is Lyman Lake?
A: Lyman Lake is located in far eastern Arizona, 11 miles south of St. Johns, and 18 miles north of Springerville-Eagar, on US Highways 180 & 191.

Q: How far from from Phoenix and Tucson is Lyman Lake? 
A: Lyman Lake is approximately 240 miles from both cities.

Q: Does the park have hook-ups?
A: Yes. Presently we have 38 hook-up sites, with both 30 & 50 amps available.

Q: Do you allow pets? 
A: Yes. Leash laws are enforced and owners must pick up after their pet.

Q: Do you have a store at the park?
A: Yes, it's open from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. but hours may vary seasonally. The store sells ice, milk, bread, sodas, ice cream, snacks, sundries, gifts, fishing licenses, bait, firewood and fuel (gas and diesel). Camping, day use and annual passes are also available at the store.