Senator Wash North Shore
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on the beachDIRECTIONS TO SITE OR BEST ACCESS POINT: 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 onto Senator Wash Road and follow it for approximately 3 miles to the South Mesa campground. Turn left, then proceed straight through the campground until arrival at the directional signing which will provide directions to North Shore.

BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF SITE:  The recreational area is approximately 60 acres in size. There are many trees of various types and several secluded camping areas both on the water and further inland. Gravel beaches provide access to the reservoir. A dump station is available at nearby at South Mesa, but requires a fee from September 15 through April 15. Boat ramp available nearby; small watercraft can be launched from shore.

FACILITIES PROVIDED:  Two vault toilets are available for use. Boaters can launch at Senator Wash Boat Ramp.

FEATURES:  OHV riding opportunities, fishing, camping, watchable wildlife, watercraft recreation, swimming, hiking opportunities, solitude and sightseeing.

FEES / PERMITS REQUIRED:  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 located at 2555 E. Gila Ridge Road in Yuma. Annual permits are currently available for purchase at the Yuma Field Office.

LIMITATIONS:  Maximum stay is 14 days in any 28 day period. Trash collection is not provided. Visitors must pack out their own trash. Dumpsters are located across the lake at Senator Wash boat ramp and at South Mesa campground. OHV use is limited to existing roads and trails. Please Tread Lightly. 

A valid Arizona license is required for taking wildlife (including fish) in Arizona. Details are available at the Arizona Game and Fish License Page.  

ACCESSIBILITY:  Vault toilet access for persons with disabilities is difficult.


  Yuma Field Office
2555 East Gila Ridge Road
Yuma, AZ 85365-2240
Phone: (928) 317-3200
Fax: (928) 317-3250
E-mail: YFOWEB_AZ@blm.gov 
Field Manager:  John MacDonald
Hours:  7:45 a.m. – 4:30 p.m., M-F