Just 45 miles from Phoenix, Canyon Lake is the perfect spot to cool off. Go for a swim, launch the boat, hang out on the beach, or all of the above. It’s an ideal day trip for a picnic by the shoreline and tossing a line.
History & Nature
Canyon Lake is the smallest of the Salt River Project lakes and features great fishing, a beach area, and secluded sites to get away from it all. Three miles up from the boat launches, steep cliffs frame the lake, taming the lake waters and activity around it.
Things To Do
Scuba dive, hike, bird watch, Jet Ski, wakeboard, sunbath – the options are endless.
Fishermen who cast a line will likely get a few bites from walleye, yellow bass, rainbow trout, bluegill, channel catfish, and crappie. But, the lake offers more than hungry fish. Cruisers looking for a peaceful float should travel between the two cliffs and three miles up the lake to the Point Campground. With only three units, this area stays quiet and secluded.
The Canyon Lake Marina and Campground offers marina services, has a restaurant, and a relaxing beach area. Open year-round, it’s only two miles from the Tortilla Flat Campground.
For day trippers, the lake’s two boat launches, designated swimming area, and three recreation sites (Acacia Picnic Site, Palo Verde Recreation Site, and Boulder Creek Recreation Site) are open year-round and offer easy access to some serious water play.
Hotels, Lodging & Camping
The Tortilla Flat Campground is open year-round, offering several campsites. The Canyon Lake Marina Campground also has campsites as well as RV sites with access to water and electric.
Camp in your boat at the marina in short term slips that have access to water and electric. Of course, Phoenix also has a variety of lodging options from RV to luxury hotels.
Hours & Pricing
For hours, please visit the website.
Requires the Tonto National Forest Pass for all parked cars and watercrafts.
For More Information
Tonto National Forest Mesa Ranger Station
5140 East Ingram Street
Mesa, AZ 85205