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Dogtown Lake Trail #44, AZ

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Difficulty 0.5 of 5
Route Finding 2 of 5
Distance Round Trip 2.4 miles
Trailhead Elevation 7,070 feet
Elevation Gain 17 feet
Accumulated Gain 40 feet
Avg Time Round Trip 1-1.5 hours
Kokopelli Seeds 2.6
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Author joebartels
author avatar Guides 241
Routes 829
Photos 12,055
Trips 4,843 map ( 24,774 miles )
Age 51 Male Gender
Location Phoenix, AZ
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Preferred   Oct, May, Apr, Sep
Seasons   Late Spring to Early Winter
Sun  5:13am - 7:43pm
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spunky fir lined reservoir
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Ground Squirrels
The reservoir was named for extensive prairie dog towns(colonies) in the area.

Williams Water
Engineer Cowdery was brought in to survey water options in 1933. By 1948 the city of Williams felt secure with four water sources totaling 0.5 billion gallons that tripled usage.
• Dogtown Reservoir - 365k
• West Cataract Dam - 109k
• Town Reservoir - 36k
• Two Saginaw sawmill dams - 22k

Dogtown leakage was a major issue. One dry year a $30,000 2,500-ft deep well yielded nothing. Hydrologist estimated water was 5,000-ft deep. The issue was resolved in 1969. A polyvinyl chloride lining was added and expected to last fifty years.

The Kaibab FS just has a trail map with Trail #44 looping the lake on the shoreline. There is no other information or signage. You may begin west of the picnic area. We began from the main parking lot on the east end of the lake. Either option works since the trail loops around the lake.

If you lose view of the lake over a few minutes then you are probably off-trail. We tried an old road alignment on the south. It's a nice pine forest. Most will probably prefer lake views and hike the south shore. Both options are included in the Official Route.

East and south shores are popular easy-access fishing. The west is a twin inlet fork. You might need to hike a bit further around the water depending on the level of the lake.

Rainbow Trout, Brown Trout, Largemouth Bass, Crappie, Sunfish & Channel Catfish.
Source: Wikipedia

Rainbow Trout, Brook Trout, Brown Trout, Cutthroat Trout.
Source: Kaibab Forest

Kayak, canoe, and single electric boat motors only of one horsepower or less are permitted

Not allowed

Rest Rooms
Pit toilets.

Open Season
Varies depending on weather, snowfall, and road access.

Check out the Official Route and Triplogs.

Leave No Trace and +Add a Triplog after your hike to support this local community.

2020-06-25 joebartels
    WARNING! Hiking and outdoor related sports can be dangerous. Be responsible and prepare for the trip. Study the area you are entering and plan accordingly. Dress for the current and unexpected weather changes. Take plenty of water. Never go alone. Make an itinerary with your plan(s), route(s), destination(s) and expected return time. Give your itinerary to trusted family and/or friends.

    Permit $$

    Map Drive
    FR / Jeep Road - Car possible when dry

    To hike
    From Williams, take Fourth Street (County Road 73) south about 4 miles to the junction with Forest Road 140. Turn left and go about 3 miles to FR 132; turn left onto FR 132 and continue about one mile to the Dogtown Recreation Area.

    Travel Time
    About 20 minutes from Williams to the picnic area.

    Road Condition
    Paved and all-weather graveled roads suitable for passenger vehicles. FR 140 is a high-clearance road and can become rough during peak season.
    90+° 8am - 6pm kills
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