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 Regional Park

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

For a cool respite from the big city, relax at this Salt River reservoir 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

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.

Outdoor Adventures

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...

Boating & Water Sports

Salt River Boat Charting

Book your next boat chart with Salt River Boat Charting to Saguaro, Canyon or Roosevelt lake with your captain, Matthew Bolt, who has more...

Boating & Water Sports

Salt River Rafting

Salt River Rafting provides whitewater trips through the scenic Salt River Canyon. Trips range from a half day to four-day adventures...

Boating & Water Sports

WazSUP Kayaks

WazSUP Kayaks rental in Page is all about human-powered fun at Lake Powell. Best of all it's affordable. For less than it cost to go to...