The Many Lakes Near Phoenix

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Panoramic photo of Canyon Lake by Greg Folley, January, 2007

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?!)
That last one is, perhaps, the most surprising... but it's true- Phoenix has many lakes nearby.

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.

Comments (6)

Lee & Pamela St. Peter
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices YSU Realty: (919) 645-2522 - Raleigh, NC
Making Connections to Success in Real Estate

Chuck just a splendid post on AZ!  Next time I'm in Tucson visiting the folkswe'll have to check out some of the lovely sounding lakes!  Oh - and another thing I think of...  just unbelievable sunsets!

Mar 03, 2009 03:21 AM
Gail MacMillan
Titusville, FL

Hi Chuck - I'm pretty sure we camped at or near most of these during our 5 years on the road, especially if they were run by the Corps of Engineers.  I surprised and happy to hear the water levels are high, speaks well for how they're managed.

Mar 03, 2009 08:13 AM
Kathie Burby
Coldwell Banker Mother Lode Real Estate - Sonora, CA
REALTOR, SFR, Tuolumne County Real Estate Guide

Chuck - A great post letting people know there really is water in the desert. I came down from the Sierra Nevada Mtns many years ago and lived in Phoenix for a year. Craving water, I sought out some of the lakes you mentioned. It is good to hear they are near capacity, here in the Sierras we are having the opposite problem with record low levels. The reservoirs here feed most of California's Big Valley so agriculture will be hurting this year.

Mar 03, 2009 10:40 AM
Chris & Karen Highland
eXp Realty - Frederick, MD
Integrity, Experience, Enthusiasm!

Hi Chuck,

We vacationed in AZ several years ago. Besides seeing the Grand Canyon, the Painted Dessert, and some Indian Ruins, Roosevelt Lake stands out in my mind as quite beautiful, and quite a surprise as we drove along. Nice post.

Mar 04, 2009 01:35 AM
Mesa, Arizona Real Estate Mesa Arizona Realtor
Homes Arizona Real Estate LLC - Mesa, AZ

Hey Chuck, I love that there are so many lakes so close to our homes. Who would think that a desert city like our's would have lakes 20 minutes from our home. ;-)


Mar 04, 2009 12:53 PM
Sandy Shores FL RealtorĀ®, Melbourne Real Estate
M & M Realty of Brevard Inc. - Melbourne, FL
Brevard County Real Estate, Florida's Space Coast

Hi Chuck, Well, you got me on that one.  You're right - I'm surprised!  I had no idea that Arizona had many lakes and lots of boats.  Thanks for the good info. I love the water and I love boating too.

Mar 05, 2009 01:53 AM

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