Louise Speaks: As I have said earlier, now that we have completed all the county seats of Arizona, we are now going to visit all the State Parks in Arizona. We are also going to camp in all the state parks that offer camping. This is our second trip to Fool Hollow State Park. I didn’t blog about it earlier because it wasn’t until recently that we decided to visit all the state parks. I don’t blog about the RV parks, that’s Thelma’s job, but since this is one of the state parks here I am. Fool Hollow is one of the favorite spots for our RV club, so here we are again.
This state-of-the-art recreation area opened in 1994. Fool Hollow Lake is a public lake located near the city of Show Low. The lake consists of 150 acres with an average depth of 23 feet and has a variety of fish species. The Arizona Game and Fish Department stocks the lake with Rainbow Trout throughout the spring and summer. Fool Hollow was named for a hapless settler who attempted to farm the rocky canyon in the 1880s. The tiny town of Adair has long since been covered by the lake, but it was Thomas Jefferson Adair who was responsible for the name Fool Hollow. In 1885, Adair moved into the area with the intention of farming. The locals joked that only a fool would try and farm the place. The name stuck! The Arizona Game and Fish constructed the lake in 1957 specifically to provide water-oriented outdoor recreation. Fools Hollow is now a complete recreational area.
Fool Hollow is a monster of a campground. Virtually everything you would need is available, including showers, electric hookups and a dump station. The 150 acre lake is set just a couple of miles west of Show Low and is extremely popular with local fishermen. You may rent a boat in Lakeside which is just east of Show Low and they will even bring the boat out to the lake for you. Heck, there is even a fish cleaning station. There are also two playgrounds for the kids set among the 123 campsites of which 91 are set up with electric hookups for RV’s. There are also day use ramadas for larger groups.
We love this place. No wonder why the RV club comes here every year. October seems to be the month of choice due to the weather. How to describe Fool Hollow. Imagine camping among 100-foot pine trees beside a quiet lake watching majestic great blue herons at a cool 6,300 feet in elevation, that’s a higher elevation than Prescott. Here you will find year-round camping, fishing, picnicking,hiking, boating and wildlife viewing opportunities. Camp fires are allowed and the October nights are just cool enough to enjoy them. Roasting marshmallows and telling stories helps to pass the night away. This North East part of Arizona has always been my favorite. In fact when I was younger this is where I was going to retire. I love Prescott, but I equally love this area as well. At the elevation of Fool Hollow, the summer months are most popular, but it is open year round, so put this on your lists of places to camp in Arizona.