Arizona Lakes & Rivers

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Arizona lakes and rivers, Saguaro Lake, Roosevelt Lake, Lake Powell, Lake Pleasant, Woods Canyon, Willow Springs.There are more than 16,000 acres of desert lakes surrounding the Phoenix-metro area, including Roosevelt, Apache, Canyon, Saguaro, Bartlett and Horseshoe reservoirs, and the ever-popular Lake Pleasant.
Near Mesa, the Lower Salt River is a bastion for tubing, swimming, and cooling off, while in the high country scenic lakes, rivers and streams wait for your fishing line, canoe, or bare feet.

Profiled Lakes & Rivers

Safety Tips

Boat safely
Before taking a watercraft out, there are certain items which must be on board. The first, and perhaps most important, are personal flotation devices (PFD's). All watercraft, except sailboards, must be equipped with a least one U.S. Coast Guard-approved PFD for each person on board.

Children 12 years old or under must wear their PFD whenever the watercraft is underway. Any person being towed behind a watercraft shall wear a buoyant belt or personal flotation device while being towed.

We highly recommed that you pick up a copy of the Arizona Boating Guide or the Arizona Boating Laws and Regulations from any Arizona Game & Fish office. Know Before You Go!
Take a Boating Education Class.
For information call 602-789-3235 or visit

Watercraft Rentals

Boat Rental
There are numerous watercraft rental establishments throughout the Valley, while others are located at area lakes. Most require a deposit ($300 range), but provide all your needs. Boat rentals run from $10 hourly to $350 per day. If visiting Saguaro or Canyon lakes, forego towing hassles by calling Precision Marine at 480-986-0969. If visiting Lake Pleasant, call Pleasant Harbor Marina 623-566-3100

Attention Anglers

Arizona waters
Arizona waters include the following: arctic grayling, bluegill, carp, crappie, flathead catfish, largemouth bass, northern pike, smallmouth bass, striped bass, trout (trout stamp required), walleye, white and yellow bass.

Conditions change rapidly, so contact Arizona Game and Fish for the latest fishing information, 1-800-ASK-FISH, or

Designate, Designate, Designate

Patrol Boat
A major danger on today's waterways is the watercraft operator who is under the influence of alcohol. In 1994, half of all U.S. recreational boating fatalities were alcohol related.
A sober boater is a safe boater. Designate a sober driver.