Panoramic photo of Canyon Lake (Arizona). Photo by Greg Folley, January, 2007
When you think of Arizona, what comes to mind?
When I've asked this questions, I've received many responses- such as:
- Professional Sports (Suns, Diamondbacks, Cardinals, Coyotes)
- Golf (Professional Tournaments and Recreational)
- The Desert (Cactus, Scenic Drives)
- Growth (Massive Poulation Influx, Retirement Destination)
- Lakes (What?!)
Some have claimed (falsely I might add) that the area has the hightest boat ownership per capita.
Though it's not true, it is conveivable ... it seems you see vehicles towing boats year round.
Where are they headed?
Well... they could be destined for the state's largest lakes: Lake Powell and Lake Mead.
Or they could be travelling closer to home. These are the lakes closest to Phoenix:
|Lakes Near Phoenix||Distance from||Direction||Nearest City|
|Lake Pleasant||45 minutes||NW||Sun City|
|Saguaro Lake||40 minutes||NE||Scottsdale/Mesa|
|Canyon Lake||40 minutes||NE||Mesa/Apache Junction|
|Apache Lake||60 minutes||NE||Mesa/Apache Junction|
|Roosevelt Lake||75 minutes||NE||Mesa/Apache Junction|
So... if you're into Fishing, Water-Skiing, Jet-Skiing, Swimming, Boating and Sight Seeing, come to Arizona.
The lakes are in great shape right now... despite the long term drought, some of the resevoirs are near capacity.
Best yet, with temperatures in the 80's recently, it's becoming boating season again.
OK- in Arizona, it's almost always boating season.