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Squaw Lake Campground

Squaw Lake Campground is one of my favortie places to access the Colorado River. They have lots of facilities available and it’s just above the the Imperial Dam. They have lots of facilities available 24 hours a day. It is also a great place to camp. Camping is limited to 14 days in any 28 day period. They have lots of RV and tent camping sites, and lets not forget the boat ramp.

There are exceptions to the Long Term Visitor Areas, areas closed to camping and areas with specially designated camping stay limits. The 28-day period will begin when a camper initially occupies a specific location on public land. The 14-day limit may be reached either through a number of separate visits or through 14 days of continuous occupation during the 28-day period. After the 14th day of occupation campers must move outside of a 25 mile radius of the previous location. According to the BLM “camping means the erection and use of a tent or shelter of natural or synthetic material, preparing a sleeping bag or other bedding material for use or mooring of a vessel for the apparent purpose of overnight occupancy”. Occupancy is defined as the taking or holding possession of a camp or residence on public land.

To Access Squaw Lake: Use Interstate 8 to Yuma, AZ. Take the 4th Avenue exit to Imperial County Road S-24. Go north approximately 22 miles to Senator Wash Road. Turn left onto Senator Wash Road and follow signs 4 miles to Squaw Lake.

Facilities Provided: 125 RV sites, numerous dispersed tent sites, 4 restrooms with flush toilets and showers available for a fee, potable water at central location, trash and gray water disposal, RV dump station nearby at South Mesa, two boat ramps, cartop and trailered, two bouyed swimming areas, picnic tables and BBG grills, day use and boat trailer parking, pay phones, and hiking trail.

Features: This site provides opportunites for camping, hiking, swimming, fishing. boating, and picnicing, and has direct boat access to the Colorado River. Wildlife include numerous waterfowl, as well as quail, coyotes, and reptiles.

Fees and permits: The fee is $10 per vehicle for day-use, $15 per vehicle for overnight use, or $75 annually per vehicle for up to 5 people per vehicle. There will be a $1 per person fee charged for each person over the 5 person limit. Visitors must pay daily fees at self-registration fee pipes located at the site or at the BLM Yuma Field Office. Annual permits are currently available for purchase at the Yuma Field Office.

Squaw Lake is Managed by the YUMA BLM office and here is their information.

2555 East Gila Ridge Road
Yuma, AZ 85365-2240
Phone: (928) 317-3200
Field Manager: John MacDonald
Hours: 7:45 a.m. – 4:30 p.m., M-F


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