Saguaro Lake
Saguaro Lake

Saguaro Lake

Free admission
Tonto National Forest, Arizona, 85264

The Basics

An idyllic place to escape the heat and traffic of Phoenix, the 1,200-acre (486-hectare) Saguaro Lake is a hub of water sports, from all manner of boating to stand-up paddleboarding. Anglers also flock to the lake for its rainbow trout, largemouth bass, and more. Twenty-two miles (35 kilometers) of shoreline varies from dramatic rocky cliffs to desert shrubland, all with views of the saguaro cacti towering above.

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2.5 Hours Guided Kayaking and Paddle Boarding on Saguaro Lake
2.5 Hours Guided Kayaking and Paddle Boarding on Saguaro Lake
$123.53 per adult
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A breath taking tour through amazing and wonderful. Brilliant scenery making for life long memories and pictures to make friends and family jealous they weren't there. The guides were knowledgeable and friendly. A definite must for your trip to Phoenix.
Christopher_H, Mar 2024

Things to Know Before You Go

  • Before you leave the city, buy a pass (available at gas stations and stores) for your vehicle and watercraft.

  • Fishing licenses, supplies, snacks, and more can be purchased at the marina.

  • The paddleboat cruise is accessible to wheelchairs, and the lake has wheelchair-accessible restrooms.

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How to Get There

Saguaro Lake is located outside of Mesa (a suburb of Phoenix). Take AZ-87 North, and get off at exit 199 for N. Bush Highway. Follow N. Bush Highway to the lake.

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When to Get There

Arizona’s warm climate makes Saguaro Lake a popular year-round destination. The lake can become quite crowded on weekends and holidays, so arrive early to minimize wait times at the boat ramp and marina.

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Overnight Stays at Saguaro Lake

Visitors wanting to hang out for the weekend can camp or stay at Saguaro Lake Ranch. Camping is boat-in only, and the Bagley Flat Campground is free and has a dock, grills, picnic tables, and vault toilets. Situated on the far side of the dam, the ranch offers quaint cabins.

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Frequently Asked Questions
The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
What are the nearest attractions to Saguaro Lake?