Arizona Lakes – Where to go?
Stuck on finding the perfect spot for your next paddleboard or kayaking adventure? We break down the lakes and rivers we enjoy and know you will as well. Anything you need from water, snacks, ice, tonto forest passes, sunscreen, and more is all available at our store.
The Salt River
The Salt River runs right through the heart of Tonto National Forest, which by the way we carry passes for. With our shop being located in Mesa this makes it a quick ride to the fun and paddle board or kayak your way down the river. Along this stretch you have the opportunity to see all kinds of wildlife including wild horses, multiple species of birds and possibly even an otter or two. Don’t miss this adventure in Arizona. It’s a must do.
Bartlett Lake, known for being the second largest lake in Arizona right under Lake Pleasant is an excellent spot for some fun in the sun so grab a SUP and get to it! You won’t be disappointed with the golden Vermillion Cliffs views across the water.
While you’re there make sure you keep an eye out you may catch a bald eagle in action. To get there head your way through the incredible town of cave creek and carefree towards Bartlett Damn Road. Head up, this trip does require a Tonto National Forest pass.
Tonto National Forest is also the home of Canyon Lake which is formed by one of the dams on the Salt River. This location is calming with its glass like surface on a quiet day. Don’t miss out on the scenic views of superstition Mountains to the south or Arizona’s Four Peaks towering to the north. For beginners of inflatable paddle boarding or veterans, you’ll have a blast exploring here.
Tempe Town Lake
Tempe Town Lake is a 2 mile long fan favorite sitting right in the heart of Tempe. The water is very still, so it’s a great place to start if you’re a beginner. What this artificial reservoir lacks in wildlife scenery, it makes up for with modern convenience and amenities. You can cool off after a long day of paddle boarding at one of many nearby restaurants and bars. There are plenty of nearby shops to check out as well and there are often outdoor concerts going in the summer so this is the perfect place to transition into evening fun!
Saguaro Lake is the best of both worlds for paddle board enthusiasts. Not only is it conveniently located just 20 minutes from Mesa, it’s double the fun with the option of paddling both Saguaro Lake Marina and Butcher Jones. With more than 22 miles of beautiful shoreline surrounded by beautiful rocks, cacti and desert wildlife, this spot does not disappoint.