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Boating & Water Activities

Arizona has its share of wonderful lakes and rivers—perfect for a day of boating, fishing, water sports, and enjoying the sunshine.

Boating & Water Activities
Rafting on the Upper Salt River, Globe

Arizona Boating, Canoeing & Kayaking

Travelers who may not be familiar with the desert Southwest might imagine it as a place with tumbleweeds rolling across a dusty, barren desert.

But actually, Arizona has its share of wonderful lakes and rivers—perfect for a day of boating, water sports, and enjoying the sunshine.


Arizona's Water Destinations

Northern Arizona

Lake Powell

Lake Powell offers recreational boating experiences in a stunning setting of crystal water, red rock formations, and beautiful Arizona weather. It's also an ideal location for houseboating vacations.

Northern Arizona

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.

North Central


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 at Watson Lake and Willow lakes, or the pine-topped hills around Goldwater Lake.

Central Arizona

Tempe Town Lake

In the heart of Central Arizona, Tempe Town Lake is a two-mile boating wonderland. Rent a paddleboat or stand-up paddleboards for a fun-filled afternoon in Tempe with family or friends.

Western Arizona

Bullhead City

This 11-mile stretch of the Colorado River begins in Bullhead City. Perfect for canoeing or kayaking, the area is home to hot springs, a "sauna cave," and beautiful scenery.

Iconic Experiences

Rafting the Grand Canyon

Of course, don't forget the biggest adventure of them all: rafting the Colorado River through the Grand Canyon.

Must Do

Raft Through 'Arizona's Other Grand Canyon'

When the snow melts, the rapids start in the Upper Salt River.

Arizona Water Activities

Other Popular Destinations

Colorado River Indian Tribes

Take a trip to experience the diverse community of the Colorado River Indian Tribes in Arizona.

Lake Pleasant Regional Park

Head north of Phoenix for boating and fishing at one of Arizona’s most popular outdoor playgrounds.

Canyon Lake

Outdoor adventurers enjoy this surprising oasis 45 minutes east of Phoenix.

San Carlos Lake

Visit one of Arizona’s largest lakes that lies entirely within the borders of Arizona – San Carlos Lake on the San Carlos Apache Tribal Lands....

Patagonia Lake State Park

Patagonia Lake State Park in Patagonia is a great place for fishing, water skiing, camping, picnicking, and hiking all year round.

Cattail Cove State Park

Do you love to have fun? Cattail Cove State Park ensures a great time with activities including swimming, fishing, boating and camping near Lake...

Lake Havasu State Park

Arizona’s west coast serves up big surprises, including a state park on the banks of a reservoir formed by the Colorado River.

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Shore Thing: Arizona's Best Beaches

Known for its iconic deserts, Arizona surprises with sandy beaches perfect for lounging or launching a water adventure.

Family Activities

Quick Trip Ideas Along Arizona’s West Coast

Let the Colorado River guide your vacation to the waterfronts of Yuma, Lake Havasu City, and the Grand Canyon, where sunshine and cool breezes...

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Secret Arizona Swimming Holes Worth the Hike

The Arizona landscape is dotted with recreation areas where you can drive to the water's edge, but these five secret swimming holes require a...

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Antelope Point Marina

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Arizona Boat Rentals

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Arizona Rafting by Wilderness Aware

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Glen Canyon Excursions

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Katherine Landing at Lake Mohave Marina

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Lake Powell Paddleboards and Kayaks

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Lake Powell Rentals

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Lake Powell Vacations

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Mild to Wild Rafting & Jeep Tours

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REI Co-op Adventure Center

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Cities & Regions

From the abundance of Saguaro cactuses and unique wildlife in the Sonoran Desert to the high country and forests of the White Mountains to the breathtaking Grand Canyon, Arizona’s regions are full of experiences that don’t disappoint.