The lake level is pretty high as we are into spring, and fishing remains popular with largemouth bass, catfish, rainbow trout, and crappie in the lake. The lake is stocked regularly with rainbow trout by Arizona Game and Fish. Be sure and check out the Arizona Game and Fish's website for stocking information and a fishing report.
After major redevelopment, Coconino County and the City of Williams reopened Cataract Lake County Park in Williams on April 13, 2013. Williams residents can now enjoy new features and amenities for day use: restrooms, two picnic ramadas, playground, fishing areas, walking trail, and horseshoe pits.
Board of Supervisors Vice Chair Matt Ryan said "the vision of redeveloping this unique community park was set forth by County citizens in 2002 when they passed the Coconino Parks and Open Space Program (CPOS). It is the voters' initiative that allows the County to build parks like this one that will serve the citizens of Williams."
The County turned over "the key" to the City to manage, operate, and maintain the park. Coconino County Parks and Recreation Director Judy Weiss explained, "This is the new model of park operation that the County has implemented to continue to provide quality park amenities in the most efficient way possible. The Shared Asset Management Model was developed to maintain new CPOS-funded parks to County standards using the resources of the agency in which the park is located."
Long-time Williams resident and Parks and Recreation Commissioner Carol Glassburn stated, "We are excited to have a new park in our community. It took years to turn this dream into a reality and we are ready and eager to take care of this beautiful community asset."
The cost to redevelop Cataract Lake County Park was $2,100,000 which included a public master plan process, design, and construction. It is one of the projects identified and funded by the Coconino Parks and Open Space Program (CPOS), a sales tax initiative approved by Coconino County voters in 2002 that levies a capital projects tax of one-eighth of one cent per dollar on all sales within Coconino County. The proceeds are dedicated to land acquisition and park development.