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Boating On Canyon Lake In Arizona

By AA-Boats & Boating Staff Writers

Canyon Lake, Arizona

Free Public Boating & Water Sport Activities

Canyon Lake is a stunning reservoir located in the Tonto National Forest, just 45 minutes east of Phoenix, Arizona. Nestled among the rugged canyons and stunning desert landscape, Canyon Lake offers a breathtaking escape for outdoor enthusiasts and adventure seekers.

Boating is a major draw at Canyon Lake, attracting visitors with its sparkling blue waters and picturesque surroundings. Whether it's pontoon boats, kayaks, or jet skis, boating enthusiasts can explore the lake's scenic coves and hidden alcoves, making it an ideal destination for water sports enthusiasts.

During the warm months, Canyon Lake becomes a popular spot for water sports such as water skiing, wakeboarding, and tubing. The vast expanse of the lake allows plenty of room for these thrilling activities, providing excitement and enjoyment for both novices and experienced riders.

Fishing is another highlight of Canyon Lake, with anglers drawn to its waters for both bass and trout fishing. The lake is well-stocked with largemouth bass and rainbow trout, providing ample opportunities for fishing throughout the year. Spring and fall are particularly productive seasons for catching bass and trout.

Canyon Lake boasts well-maintained boat launch ramps, making it easy for visitors to launch their boats and explore the lake. These launch ramps provide convenient access to the water, ensuring a hassle-free experience for boaters and anglers.

There is a marina which offers boat rentals and equipment, catering to the needs of both locals and tourists. For those looking to extend their stay, Canyon Lake offers several campgrounds situated along its scenic shoreline. Camping enthusiasts can choose from developed campgrounds with amenities like restrooms and picnic areas, or opt for more primitive sites that offer a more rugged and immersive experience in nature.

Near Canyon Lake visitors can explore the city of Apache Junction, which is located approximately 20 miles to the southwest. Apache Junction offers a taste of the Old West with attractions like the Goldfield Ghost Town, where visitors can experience a reenactment of an 1890s mining town. The nearby Superstition Mountains provide hiking opportunities, including the popular Lost Dutchman State Park. The city also serves as a gateway to the Tonto National Forest, offering breathtaking vistas and outdoor activities. Additionally, the charming town of Tortilla Flat, located on the Apache Trail, provides a nostalgic glimpse into the past with its rustic buildings and country store.

Canyon Lake in Arizona is a picturesque destination that offers boating, water sports, and excellent bass and trout fishing. Surrounded by the stunning desert landscape and towering canyons, the lake provides a unique opportunity to immerse oneself in the beauty of nature. Whether it's boating on the calm waters, fishing for bass and trout, or camping under the starlit sky, Canyon Lake offers a memorable and exciting outdoor experience for all who visit.

Boating, camping and fishing.

Located on the Salt River in central Arizona, Canyon Lake is an easy 45 minute drive northwest of Apache Junction AZ on State Highway 88. This excellent boating lake covers 950 surface acres and is set in deep canyons which offer spectacular views. Big horn sheep and eagles are a common sight to boaters on this scenic waterway. Jet ski, pontoon boats and pleasure boats are available for rent at the marina. A restaurant and tour boat cruises can enhance your experience when you spend your day at this spectacular body of water. his deep-canyon waterway is home to big bass, The state record bass, over 16 pounds was caught here. The lake also contains trout stocked by the Arizona Game & Fish Department, plus catfish bluegills, crappie, panfish and walleye.

Area Amenities

Marina: YES
Boat Rental: YES
Boat Launch Ramp: YES
Campgrounds: YES
RV Hookups: YES
Lodging: NO
Convenience Store: YES
Bait & Tackle: YES
Restaurant: YES


Canyon Lake Marina & Campground - 480 288-9233

Tortilla Recreation Site Campground - 480 610-3300

Canyon Lake Map


Fish species found in Canyon Lake include largemouth bass, smallmouth bass, channel catfish, flathead catfish, black crappie, walleye, rainbow trout, bluegill and yellow bass.

Largemouth bass Smallmouth bass Channel catfish Flathead catfish Black crappie Walleye Rainbow trout Bluegill Yellow Bass

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Local Contact Information

Canyon Lake Marina & Campground
16802 N.E. Highway 88
Tortilla Flat, AZ 85219
480 288-9233

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