Knoll Lake

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When imagining Arizona, no one thinks of sparkling clear mountain lakes. Above the massive Mogollon Rim escarpment, Arizona's high country is dotted with alpine lakes. Knoll Lake, set in a vast Ponderosa pine forest, is one of the less visited. Formed by damming East Leonard Canyon, Knoll Lake is a haven for fishermen, kayakers, and campers.

The road into the lake is well maintained but accessible only via Rim Road. Dispersed camping is more than abundant, with sites of all sizes clustered primarily in the second and third miles of the trail. Everything from tents to camping trailers can find a home along the trail. Dispersed camping is not allowed after the 90-degree turn eastward towards the lake. Knoll Lake Campground is located after the east turn and near the lake. The campground has over 30 sites, water, picnic tables, fire pits, vault toilets, and grills.

Knoll Lake has a boat ramp, parking, and a vault toilet. Summer weekends are busy.