Senator Wash Reservoir and Squaw Lake

Senator Wash Reservoir

The Senator Wash Reservoir is located right off of Senator Wash Road. There is no watercraft access to any other lake or river. There is camping on the North and South Shores, subject to the 14 day limit by the BLM. Whether you are staying for a few days or the full two weeks, you will need to purchase a permit from either the self-registration fee pipes located at the site, the Yuma Field Office or at the Contact Station.

The North Shore of Senator Wash has around 60 acres on which to camp, picnic, walk and just catch some rays. The South Shore has around 50 acres. The beach sand is a little on the coarse side, so be sure to bring your water shoes. With trees, secluded camping areas and the water, a great time can be had by all. 

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. The $75 permit gives you access to other camping areas.

Activities at Senator Wash Reservoir include camping, swimming, fishing and watercraft recreation. Small watercraft can be launched from shore.

You also have access to the Senator Wash Boat Ramp and Day Use Area, also located off of Senator Wash Road.

Please see Getting There for directions.

Squaw Lake is a great recreation area. With access to the Colorado River, you can launch your boat and be water skiing on the River in minutes. You can swim, hike, bike or if you’re more inclined, just relax and watch the many varieties of birds and wildlife. There is a large campground with 125 RV and tent sites with hot showers and clean bathrooms available and full-time Hosts on duty. So if you want some fun in the sun, give Squaw Lake a try.

The fee to camp, $15 per night and stay for the day, $10 per day, are the same as at Senator Wash Reservoir. The $75 yearly permit is valid at Squaw Lake and the 14 day limit applies.

For directions, please see Getting There.


Squaw Lake

Getting There

From Imperial Dam Road (S24), head North on Senator Wash Road for about 3 miles.

  • For the North Shore, turn left on to Mesa Drive. The sign will indicate Contact Station. Proceed straight on Mesa Drive until reaching signs (affectionately known as “5 Corners”) which will provide directions to North Shore.
  • For the South Shore,  turn left on to Mesa Drive. The sign will indicate Contact Station. Proceed approximately 200 yards and enter the access road on the right which leads to the reservoir and the South Shore.
Head North on Senator Wash Road for about 3 miles, to the Contact Station and Mesa Drive on the left. Pass the Contact Station and  in less than a quarter of a mile, on your left, you will see the sign for the Senator Wash Recreation Area. Keep going past that, the road will bear right and you will go over a bridge with rough pavement. Keep heading North, the road ahead will be closed, and you will see the sign for the “Squaw Lake Recreation Area” on your right. You will take a right, circling right down the hill. Squaw Lake and the Campground will be on your left.