Lakes in Arizona

Good fishing, fun boating and lakeside relaxation are easy to find when you're in Arizona--particularly if you're in or near Tonto National Forest. Both within the forest and nearby, lake enthusiasts will find eight Arizona lakes of particular interest: Woods Canyon Lake, Lake Pleasant, Bartlett Lake, Canyon Lake, Apache Lake, Roosevelt Lake, San Carlos Lake and Saguaro Lake.

Although Lake Pleasant, Canyon Lake, Bartlett Lake, Saguaro Lake, Roosevelt Lake and Apache Lake contain a variety of freshwater fish, they are best known for their excellent bass fishing. San Carlos Lake is well known not only for bass, but also for crappie. Woods Canyon Lake, which is the closest of the eight to Phoenix at an easy 2 to 2½ hour drive, is an acclaimed spot for exceptional trout fishing.

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Featured lakes in Arizona

Apache Lake

Apache Lake is located in Maricopa County, about 65 miles east of Phoenix. This lake is known for it's quick weekend getaways. Visitors enjoy swimming, bass fishing, boating and water skiing.

Bartlett Reservoir

Bartlett Reservoir is located approximately 30 miles northeast east of Phoenix. Here you can enjoy picnicking, boating, swimming,and plenty of campground space. There is also a variety of fish including, Bass, Catfish, Small and Largemouth Bass, Crappie and Bluegill.

Canyon Lake

Canyon Lake offers beautiful mountainous scenery and various fish such as the walleye, largemouth bass, yellow bass, rainbow trout, bluegill, channel catfish and crappie. It has a designated swimming site and a pair of boating ramps. This lake has activities year round.


Popular Arizona lakes

Alamo Lake
Apache Lake
Bartlett Reservoir
Dry Lake
Horseshoe Reservoir
Lake Mohave
Lake Pleasant
Lake Tank
Lost Lake
Lower Lake Mary
Lyman Lake
Many Farms Lake
Martinez Lake
Parks Lake
Picacho Reservoir
Saguaro Lake
Tremaine Lake
Upper Lake Mary
White Mountain Reservoir
Zion Reservoir


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