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Boating & Water Sports

If you’re looking for a wet and wild vacation, Arizona is the right place! Although located in the desert Southwest, Arizona is overflowing with great lakes and rivers perfect for a day of boating, water sports and enjoying the sunshine.

Arizona Boating, Canoeing & Kayaking

With more than 30 lakes and countless rivers and streams, boating is a popular activity for Arizona residents and vacationers alike. Just a few popular destinations for boating, rafting, canoeing and kayaking in Arizona include:

  • Lake Powell
    In Northern Arizona, on the Utah border, Lake Powell offers recreational boating experiences in a stunning setting of crystal water, red rock formations and beautiful Arizona weather. It’s also a great location for houseboating vacations.
  • Lake Havasu
    Boasting the title of "Personal Watercraft Capital of the World," Lake Havasu is the perfect place to rent a boat, or bring your own. Located along Arizona’s West Coast, it’s also a great jumping-off point for boating the Colorado River as it heads south to Yuma.
  • Prescott 
    Boating, swimming, fishing, hiking and picnicking are just a few of the ways to enjoy the day in Prescott, Arizona, where three picturesque lakes dot the town. Enjoy the stunning Granite Dells from Watson and Willow lakes, or the pine-topped hills around Goldwater Lake.
  • Tempe Town Lake
    In the heart of Central Arizona, Tempe Town Lake is a two-mile boating wonderland. For a fun family activity, rent a paddleboat for the afternoon.
  • Black Canyon
    This 11-mile stretch of the Colorado River begins in Bullhead City, in Arizona’s West Coast. Perfect for canoeing or kayaking, the area is home to hot springs, a "sauna cave" and beautiful scenery.Of course, don’t forget the biggest adventure of them all: rafting the Colorado River through the Grand Canyon. Visit our Grand Canyon rafting page for details.

Arizona Water Sports

Add to the adventure with water sports like waterskiing and wakeboarding. The Colorado River Indian Reservation, located on Arizona’s West Coast, offers ample water sporting activities in a beautiful setting. Other popular destinations for Arizona water sports include Lake Havasu, Lake Pleasant, Canyon Lake and Saguaro Lake.