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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 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 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)
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 Trailroute 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 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)
Tempe Town Lake (18 miles/23 minutes from NoSnow)
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)
Lynx Lake near Prescott (120 miles/2 hours from NoSnow)
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 power or windpower 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.
Woods Canyon Lake near Payson (102 miles/2 hours from NoSnow
Blue Ridge Reservoir near Payson (116 miles/3 hours from NoSnow)
Patagonia Lake State Park, South of Tucson (200 miles/3.5 hours from NoSnow)
Lake Powell (300 miles/4.5 hours from NoSnow)
Bartlett Lake (60 miles/90 mins from NoSnow)
Bartlett Lake is a reservoir that was formed by the damming of the Verde River in the U.S. state of Arizona. It is downstream and to the south of Horseshoe Reservoir. Constructed in 1936–39 by the Salt River Project, theBartlett Dam and reservoir were named for Bill Bartlett, a government surveyor. Bartlett Lake was the first reservoir built on the Verde River.
Bartlett Lake, located 48 miles (77 km) from downtown Phoenix and 17 miles (27 km) northeast of Carefree, is a popular recreation area in the Tonto National Forest. After wet winters, the Bartlett Lake area often has fine displays of spring wildflowers. The facilities at Bartlett Lake are managed by the Forest Service.