Fergusen Lake is a backwater connected to the lower Colorado River that provides camping, fishing, boating, hiking, and hunting opportunities. A number of undeveloped shoreline campsites provide recreational boating access and stunning views of the Colorado River. Trails leading into the adjacent Little Picacho Wilderness Area provide ideal day-hiking opportunities from your campsite.
Fergusen Lake is located in Imperial County, CA and is approximately 35 miles northwest of Yuma, AZ.
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 Fergusen Lake. Access to Ferguson Lake can also be accomplished by traveling the Colorado River to river mile 57.5 then entering the narrow channel.
Camping, fishing, hunting, boating, and hiking.
This site is subject to seasonal fire restrictions each summer.
Permits, Fees, Limitations
There are no services or amenities at this site. Access to the Colorado River is gained through small channels. Access to and from the lake can be affected by the fluctuating river level. In addition to existing rules and regulations, there are supplemental rules
which are used to help manage this site. A valid Arizona license is required for taking wildlife (including fish) in Arizona. Details are available at the Arizona Game and Fish License Page
There are no fees for camping. The length of stay is limited to 14 days, after which you must move to another location at least 25 miles away. BLM has other camping locations in the Quartzite area that can accommodate campers up to seven months. For more information see Imperial Dam Long Term Visitor Area.
A four-wheel drive or high clearance vehicle is not needed to access the site; however, the roads to and around the site are dirt roads, and may be difficult to navigate after major rain events. The site does not have wheelchair accessible features or facilities.
Camping and Lodging
Camping is available on site for up to 14 days. Lodging is available in Yuma, AZ.
Food and Supplies
There are many large grocery stores and businesses supplying outdoor recreation needs in nearby Yuma, AZ.
The nearest hospital is Yuma Regional Medical Center in Yuma, AZ. In the event of a medical or law enforcement emergency, please call 911. For non-emergencies, please call Imperial County Sheriff’s Office at 760-339-6302 or 1-800-452-2051.
West Nile Virus has been located in samples taken from various locations along the Colorado River. Take precautions when visiting riparian river areas. Seasonal rain storms may make roads non-passable for several days at a time. Visitors are encouraged to bring adequate survival gear.
Yuma Field Office
7341 E. 30th Street
Yuma, Arizona 85365
Phone: (928) 317-3200
Fax: (928) 317-3250
Field Manager: John MacDonald
Hours: 7:45 a.m. – 4:30 p.m., M-F