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The church bus will pick up you Child as early as 5:30pm and drop off as late as 8:30pm

Please plan to attend the Children's Program Friday at 6pm


Thu, Jun 22


Coconino County

2023 Woods Canyon Camping Trip

June 22-26, Woods Canyon Camping Trip

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2023 Woods Canyon Camping Trip
2023 Woods Canyon Camping Trip

Time & Location

Jun 22, 2023, 2:00 PM – Jun 26, 2023, 5:00 PM

Coconino County, Woods Canyon Lake, Arizona, USA


About the event

Everyone is welcome to enjoy a few days of fun and fellowship while camping near the most beautiful lake on the Mogollon Rim.  We will be camping at Crook campground again this year, which is about 0.5 miles from Woods Canyon Lake. We have reserved both site A and site B for this year’s camp.  We will be trying something new this year, and below is some more detailed information to help you prepare.

What’s new this year?

  • We have the campsites reserved through Sunday, and therefore we plan to have a Sunday morning service at one of the campsites. We also would like to take a group picture right after the service. Details will be provided when we get closer.
  • The campsites will be loosely separated along the following guidelines.  Campsite A will be dedicated to those with RV’s and travel trailers and for those who plan to use generators.  Campsite B will be for those camping in tents and tent trailers without generators.  This will help ensure quiet time for the tent campers.  Note that generator use is still controlled by the campground rules.  If families who have both tent campers and trailers want to stay together, they certainly can do that in the RV campsite if they prefer.
  • We will dedicate one or two individual campsites to games like badminton or spike ball in addition to having the usual corn hole boards under the ramada.
  • Registration is required in order to attend. If you are inviting guests who do not attend church regularly, they must register for themselves in order to acknowledge the campground rules and expectations.  A link will be available on the website.

Check In/Out:  We are allowed to check in at 2:00 PM on Thursday, 22 June (if the campsite is not reserved before us, we can usually check in early, we can check as we get closer).  We have the campsite all day Sunday, so there is no rush to leave.

Devotions: Each night around 8:15PM we will have group devotions around the campfire.

Weather:  The weather in June is generally beautiful and sunny with daytime temps in the 80's and low temps in the 40's.  Since we are transitioning into the monsoon season, rain is possible.  It is always good to check just before leaving to see what the weather is predicted to be.  Compared to Phoenix it is usually 25 degrees cooler in the day and 30-35 degrees cooler at night.  Due to the elevation being so high, it is easy to get sun burned quickly.  Sunscreen is highly recommended during all outside activities.

Recreation:  Fishing of course! (A license is required for those over 10 years of age).  Crawdads are also abundant and fun to catch and they taste good too.  Boats can be rented from the marina for a hefty price of $85/4 hrs.  There is an excellent biking trail that runs along the recreation area for approximately 5 miles.  In addition there are numerous hiking trails close by, including the 3.7 mile hike around the lake.  In past years, there have been eagle viewing telescopes set up at various places on the hike around the lake.  There are numerous Forest Service roads to ride OHVs, ATVs or motorcycles.  All motorized vehicles must be licensed and driven only by licensed drivers on all paved roads including at the campground.  Please be considerate of those who are camping to enjoy the more quiet nature experience.

Food:  Everyone is on their own to bring whatever they want to eat.  In addition, bring whatever dishes (paper and plastic wear) and preparation utensils and cleaning materials you will need.  No food will be provided and the nearest restaurant is about 10 miles away.  One idea to make food preparation easier is to team with another family and alternate preparing meals.

Facilities:  As in previous years, not much exists other than the ramada, outhouse and access to water.  Theoretically, the water is suitable for drinking….but you may want to bring your own drinking water.  However the water is certainly usable for washing and cleaning.

Pets:  Pets are restricted in the campground area.  If you are obligated to bring a dog, campground rules require it to be on a leash at all times.  Campground quiet hours are 10:00 PM to 6:00 AM during which animals need to be kept quiet (in spite of the occasional skunk or numerous squirrels that wander through the campground.)

Fires:  It is uncertain whether fires will be allowed during this camping trip.  Due to the heightened danger of wildfires, please review with your children the importance of not starting fires, especially off in the woods. In every case, please be sure of the current fire restrictions before starting any fire, including in the charcoal grills.

Cost:  No charge to individuals or families. The cost of the campsite is being paid by the church.

Directions:  Follow SR87 north to Payson.  Turn east on highway 260 (right turn just past McDonald’s) toward Heber.  Pass by Tonto Creek and Christopher Creek and soon you will begin a long climb up a hill (about 30 miles out of Payson).  At the top of the hill turn left at the “Woods Canyon Lake” sign.  This is FR300, but it may not be obvious.  However, the lake is well marked and there is an information center on the opposite side of the road.  About 3 miles down this road, FR300 will turn to dirt as shown in the map below.  Here you will turn right on Woods Canyon Lake Road, staying on the pavement.  Crook Group Campsite is a short ways down on the right side of the road, before you get to the turnoff to Spillway Campground and Aspen Campground.  Total driving time can be expected to be around 2:30.

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