Saguaro and Canyon Lakes are about a 58min drive from our location and Roosevelt is about 124min from our location. There are many other lake options including but not limited to Apache, Bartlett, Pleasant, Lake Havasu, Lake Powell, etc. Most lakes require a daily/yearly pass, make sure you check the requirements for the lake you would like to visit.
Canyon Lake – Canyon Lake is known for wonderful shorelines along the red rock cliffs. Boaters wanting scenery and seclusion should try the east end of the lake, where it winds through steep canyon walls. There are occasional sightings of Big Horn sheep, as well as other wildlife. This launching dock has 6 slots and is really easy to back.
Saguaro Lake – Saguaro Lake is set in the Sonoran Desert and is rimmed with canyon walls. As the name implies, the shores of the lake are studded with majestic Saguaro cactus. There are occasional sightings of Big Horn sheep, as well as other wildlife like wild horses and bobcats. Over 2200 fish-habitat structures were installed to enhance fishing on the lake. This lake has 2 launching docks the second larger dock is harder to back if you are not very experienced.
Apache Lake – Apache Lake was formed in 1927 when the Horse Mesa Dam was completed. Outstanding trout and warm-water fishing. Wet winters bring a profusion of spring flowers. This lake is set among sun-painted canyon walls, which form scenic backdrops to the lake itself.
Bartlett Lake – The Bartlett Reservoir area is noted for the spectacular vistas of the Desert Mountains and the Sonoran plant life. A fair portion of the west side of the reservoir is devoted to camping and picnicking.
Lake Pleasant – The largest lake in the Phoenix and Scottsdale area. Over 10,000 acres of water surface with 116 miles of shoreline. The average depth is 70- feet and the deepest point of 260 feet is at the dam.
Roosevelt Lake – Roosevelt Lake is a beautiful body of water set in the desert. There is a migratory waterfowl (including Canada geese) and raptors (including bald eagles and osprey) that use the lake during the fall and winter. Small isolated islands and coves offer outstanding opportunities for camping and relaxing in the unique Sonoran Desert.