Outdoor Adventure

Boating & Water Sports

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

Man in a canoe at Yuma's East Wetlands
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 Sports

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

Enjoy the sunshine by the cool waters of Lake Pleasant, located an hour north of Phoenix, AZ, and a must for outdoor recreation with boating,...

Canyon Lake

Just 45 miles from Phoenix you can boat, water ski, scuba dive, hike, lay on the beach, and soak in the sun at Canyon Lake.

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...

Tsaile Lake

Tsaile Lake, near Chinle, Arizona is stocked with trout and catfish, and is especially good for fly fishing.

Lake Havasu State Park

If you’re into beautiful beaches, nature trails, boating, and camping, you’ll want to check out Lake Havasu State Park. With year-round ideal...

Outdoor Adventures

Shore Thing: Arizona's Best Beaches

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

Road Trips & Tours

Let the Colorado River Guide Your West Coast Vacation

Soak up the sunshine while staying cool along the waterfronts of Yuma, Lake Havasu City, and Lake Mead.

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Secret Arizona Swimming Holes Worth the Hike

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Boating & Water Sports

Antelope Point Marina

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Arizona Boat Rentals

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Arizona Rafting by Wilderness Aware

Head into the mountains of Arizona to experience a truly unique whitewater adventure on the Upper Salt River. As soon as you hit the river,...

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Desert Voyagers Guided River Trips

Desert Voyagers operates guided single-day river trips near the Greater Phoenix area year-round. Choose from a mild rafting tour, Stand Up...

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Glen Canyon Excursions

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Hurricane Harbor Phoenix

Six Flags Hurricane Harbor Phoenix is Arizona's biggest and best water park. Located on Pinnacle Peak Road, off I-17, the park is the...

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Katherine Landing at Lake Mohave Marina

Katherine Landing at Lake Mohave Marina is a "must visit" destination in Arizona amongst recreation enthusiasts. Lake Mohave has 237 miles...

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Lake Powell Paddleboards and Kayaks

Stand-up paddle boarding originated in the Hawaiian Islands and is now spreading across the world as people of all ages and walks of life...

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Lake Powell Rentals

Enjoy a Lake Powell boat rental on your houseboat vacation at any marina. We have the best quality MasterCraft surf boat rentals on the...

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Lake Powell Vacations

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Mild to Wild Rafting & Jeep Tours

Discover Arizona white water rafting! The astonishing 2,000 feet deep Salt River Canyon offers breathtaking views, many thrilling class III...

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REI Co-op Adventure Center

The REI Adventure Center in Scottsdale offers adventures for all, including guided hiking, road and mountain biking, kayaking, rafting, and...