Saguaro Lake (12 miles/20 minutes from NoSnow)
Saguaro Lake is the fourth reservoir on the Salt River formed by the Stewart Mountain Dam in the U.S. state of Arizona. The lake is off State Route 87, about halfway between Phoenix, Arizona, and the ghost town, Sunflower. The dammed end of the lake is at 33.5656°N 111.5361°W, at an elevation of 1,506 feet (459 m). This lake is also part of the Tonto National Forest, as such the facilities located here are managed by that authority. $8 Tonto Parking Pass Required and must be purchased prior to Forest entry, you can get online, at Walgreens across the parking lot at our shop or any gas station along Power Rd.
Granite Reef, Lower Salt River [Accessible ~ May-September] (2 miles/5 minutes from NoSnow)
The Granite Reef Diversion Dam is a concrete diversion dam located 22 miles (35 km) northeast of Phoenix, Arizona, on the Salt River. The dam is 1,000 feet (300 m) long, 29 feet (8.8 m) high and was built between 1906 and 1908 for the Salt River Project, which currently operates the dam. It replaced the older Arizona Dam which was washed out in a flood in 1905.Coordinates: 33°30′58″N 111°41′28″W
The dam diverts most all water in the Salt River into the Arizona and South Canals serving the metro Phoenix area with irrigation and drinking water. The Salt River below Granite Reef is usually dry except following consistent and heavy upstream precipitation. When upstream lakes are full, minor and moderate releases are accomplished via floodgates at either end of the dam. The dam is designed to be overtopped by major releases, which can occur every 10 to 40 years.
$8 Tonto Parking Pass Required and must be purchased prior to Forest entry, you can get at our shop, online, at Walgreens across parking lot from our shop or any gas station along Power Rd
Canyon Lake (23 miles/30 minutes from NoSnow)
Canyon Lake is one of four reservoirs that were formed by the damming of the Salt River in the U.S. state of Arizona.
The lake was formed by the Mormon Flat Dam, which was completed in 1925 after two years of construction. Canyon Lake, with a surface area of 950 acres (380 ha), is the third and smallest of four lakes created along theSalt River. Two others, Apache Lake and Roosevelt Lake are upstream. The fourth, Saguaro Lake, is downstream.
Canyon Lake lies approximately 15 miles (24 km) up the Apache Trail from Apache Junction, Arizona, and 51 miles (82 km) east of Phoenix. It is within the Superstition Wilderness of Tonto National Forest and is a popular recreation area for the Phoenix metropolitan area. Recreation amenities include hiking trails, camping, and boating, all managed by the United States Forest Service. Canyon Lake is a popular stop along the Apache Trail route from Apache Junction, Arizona, passing Tortilla Flat, Arizona, before reaching Apache Lake and Roosevelt Lake behind Theodore Roosevelt Dam.
$8 Tonto Parking Pass Required and must be purchased prior to Forest entry, you can get online, at Walgreens across the parking lot from our shop, any gas station along Power Rd, or various stops along the 88.
Apache Lake (42 miles/75 minutes from NoSnow)
Apache Lake is one of four artificial reservoirs created along the Salt River in central Arizona as part of the Salt River Project. The lake is located near the Apache Trail about 65 miles (104 km) northeast of Phoenix. Apache Lake was formed by Horse Mesa Dam which was completed in 1927. The second largest of the four Salt River Project reservoirs (Theodore Roosevelt Lake is the largest), Apache Lake is located about 5 miles (8 km) downstream from Theodore Roosevelt Lake and upstream from Canyon Lake and Saguaro Lake.
The surface area of the lake is 2,568 acres (1,039 ha) at full capacity and it can store 254,138 acre·ft (313,475,000 m3) of water.
Apache Lake is a popular recreation destination within the Tonto National Forest, which is the authority that manages the facilities located at the lake. The lake is located along the Apache Trail and a number of other hiking trails can be found in the area. Many species of fish can be found in the lake, including largemouth, smallmouth, and yellow bass, crappie, sunfish, both channel and flathead catfish, walleye and carp.
Roosevelt Lake (85 miles/90mins from NoSnow)
Theodore Roosevelt Lake (usually called Roosevelt Lake, sometimes Lake Roosevelt) is a large reservoir formed by Theodore Roosevelt Dam on the Salt River in Arizona as part of the Salt River Project (SRP). Located roughly 80 miles (130 km) northeast of Phoenix in the Salt River Valley, Theodore Roosevelt is the largest lake or reservoir located entirely within the state of Arizona (Lake Mead and Lake Powell are larger but both are located partially within the neighboring states of Nevada and Utah respectively). Both the reservoir and the masonry dam that created it, Roosevelt Dam, were named for U.S. President Theodore Roosevelt who dedicated the dam himself in March 1911. Roosevelt Lake is a popular recreation destination within the Tonto National Forest, as such the facilities located at this lake are managed by that authority.
Tempe Town Lake (18 miles/23 minutes from NoSnow)
Tempe Town Lake is a reservoir that occupies a portion of the currently dry riverbed of the Salt River as it passes through the city of Tempe, Arizona just north of Tempe Butte.
On July 20, 2010, a portion of the west side of the dam that contained the water in the lake collapsed sending a flood of water into the Salt River bed which drained the lake.
Watson Lake in Prescott (129 miles/2 hours from NoSnow)
Four miles north of downtown at 3101 Watson Lake Rd, this beautiful park allows access to Watson Lake and the boulders of the Granite Dells. http://www.prescottoutdoors.com/
Lynx Lake near Prescott (120 miles/2 hours from NoSnow)
Lynx Lake, Arizona, is a 55-acre reservoir located within Prescott National Forest, approximately 5 miles east of Prescott, Arizona, in the Bradshaw Mountains. The lake is located at 5,530 feet elevation and is stocked for fishing
Lake Mary near Flagstaff (178 miles/2.75 hours from NoSnow)
Lake Mary may refer to one of two reservoirs in northern Arizona, southeast of Flagstaff. The name may also be used to refer to the two lakes as a whole. The pair of lakes impound the intermittent Walnut Creek upstream from Walnut Canyon. Upper Lake Mary is the largest of Flagstaff’s twin lakes. It is also the one farthest from town. This long, narrow impoundment is especially popular with power boaters and water skiers because there is no motor size limit on it. But it’s also popular with those who prefer people's power or wind power over horsepower. For that reason, you’re liable to see everything from jet boats to rubber rafts, canoes, and sailboats all sharing this same body of water.
Colorado River near Parker, south of Lake Havasu (180 miles/3 hours from NoSnow)
Moovalya Lake south of the Parker Dam on the Colorado River, on the border, there is a beautiful 10-mile section of the Colorado River to paddle along that ends in Parker, AZ. You can drop in at the Bluewater Casino and paddle all over the area.
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