Facilities available at Roper Lake State Park
The Roper Lake Visitor Center is open year-round. It features a gift shop, local area information, Junior Ranger programs, and restrooms.
The Park Store, located in the Visitor Center, has books, clothing, children’s toys, flora and fauna guides, fishing equipment and bait. Park souvenirs are available to help remember an awesome experience at the park, or can be bought as gifts.
There are several picnic areas throughout the park near the fishing and swimming areas. Most of these areas include a picnic table, BBQ grill and a shade ramada. All you have to do is show up ready for a great time!
Group: Day Use Areas
Island Group Ramada: Large group ramada with six picnic tables, BBQ grills and water spigots (no electricity), all near a grassy area and swimming beach. Maximum group size: 50 people. Vehicles and glass containers of any type are prohibited on the Island. Bring a wagon or other device to haul picnic items. The walk to the Ramada is approximately 150 yards. Group use reservation fee applies, in addition to per vehicle entrance fees.
East Mesa Group Ramada: Large group ramada with six picnic tables, BBQ grill, water spigots, electric outlets, and close to restroom building. Overlooks the lake. Group use reservation fee applies, in addition to per vehicle entrance fees.
West Hill Group Ramada: Large group ramada with six picnic tables, BBQ grill, water spigots, fire ring and vault toilets. Access to the lake. Group use reservation fee applies, in addition to per vehicle entrance fees.
Camping & RV Sites
Site reservations are available by calling the Reservation Center at (877) MY-PARKS. You can call seven days a week, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. MST. You may also reserve campsites online.
Important note: At this park, the entrance gate is closed nightly at 10 p.m.
Hacienda Campground: 20 sites with water and electric (20/30 amp). Each site includes fire rings and picnic tables. Hacienda campground has a bathroom with hot showers near the entrance of the campground. Most sites will accommodate a vehicle length of up to 45 feet and are a mix of pull-through and back-in sites.
Cottonwood Campground: 25 sites with water and electric hookup sites (20/30/50 amp). Each site includes fire rings, picnic tables, and a small shade Ramada. Cottonwood campground has a bathroom with hot showers. Most sites will accommodate a vehicle length of up to 45 feet and are back-in only.
Gila Campground: The Gila campground offers eight cabins, five non-electric sites, and a 14 site group camp area. All non-electric sites include fire rings and picnic tables. Water is available at most sites.
There will be an additional per night fee for second vehicles. The fee will be paid upon arrival at the park. The fee does not apply to vehicles towed behind a primary vehicle when the primary vehicle remains at the site and the towed vehicle is used for transportation.
Check-in time is 2 p.m. Arriving earlier than 2 p.m. does not guarantee the sites’ availability. Check out time is 12 noon on the scheduled departure date.
Camping Cabins at Roper Lake SP
Camping Cabin reservations are available by calling the Reservation Center at (877) MY-PARKS. You can call seven days a week, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. MST. You may also reserve Camping Cabins online (Note: cabins are in the Gila Loop)
Eight cabins line the lake at Roper Lake State Park offering a plethora of recreational opportunities. Cabins at Roper Lake are variably furnished with bunk beds with mattresses and/or full-size beds with mattress. The cabins are outfitted with electricity and air-conditioning/heating. Open flame as produced by candles and stove burners are not permitted in the cabins. Picnic tables and charcoal grills make for a well-equipped outdoor setting. Restrooms and showers are within walking distance. Cabins are available year-round. (Learn about other parks with Camping Cabins)
The park has a sewage dump station. The dump station is only available to registered campers.
Roper Lake has two shower buildings located in the campgrounds. These buildings are handicap accessible and have hot running water. There is no extra fee to use the showers for registered campers. They are open year-round.
Roper Lake State Park has modern, clean, handicap accessible restrooms in the Visitor Center. There are also two restroom/shower buildings in the campgrounds that provide easy access for park users.
Roper Lake is an excellent place for bird watching. Species commonly seen are Gamble’s quail, redwing blackbird, yellow headed blackbird, great horned owl, cardinal, flycatchers, kingfisher, mallard duck, ruddy duck, grebes, egrets, herons, and mergansers. Learn more about Arizona's wildlife before your trip!
Mammals commonly seen are bobcats, raccoons, rabbits, squirrels, and coyotes.
- Day use entrance fee is valid for both Roper Lake SP and Dankworth Pond for the same day.
- Park is open daily from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. Entrance gate is closed after hours.
- Damaging or removing the natural rocks, vegetation, or public property is prohibited.
- Pets must be leashed, and cleaned up after. Pets are not allowed at the swimming beach.
- Glass containers are prohibited on the day-use island .
- Camping permitted in designated sites only.
- Maximum stay length in a state park is 14 nights within a 30 day period.
- Quiet hours are 10 p.m. to 6 a.m., including generators.
- Camping Cabin checkout is 10 a.m. Check-in is 3 p.m.
- Campsite checkout is 12 noon. Check-in is 2 p.m.
- Please note: campers occupying an electric campsite will be charged the electric campsite fee.
- Gathering of firewood of any type is prohibited.
- Vehicles must remain on paved surfaces at all times.
- Sewage dump station is available to registered campers only.
- Gas-powered boats are prohibited.
- The use of minnows as bait is prohibited.