Located 51 miles East of Phoenix, this lake is popular with swimmers and boaters. Follow Highway 88 from Apache Junction for ... More
Located 51 miles East of Phoenix, this lake is popular with swimmers and boaters. Follow Highway 88 from Apache Junction for 15 fully paved miles to the lake, as the winding road and sharp curves traverse colorful desert scenery. Take a cruise on the Dolly Steamboat when you arrive. There are three recreation sites available including Acacia Picnic Site, Palo Verde Recreation Site and the Boulder Creek Recreation Site.
gorgeous canyons! Took my boat and explored all kinds of little inlets. Did plein air painting...the best! Took the riverboat on the dinner cruise and was suprised by the quality of food. The new redo of the riverboat was beautiful, esepcially the new paintings...great bighorn! And had to look twice at some of the nautical things on the boat...they were actually painted! The people in the cafe were super friendly. The campgrounds on the lake could use a little work...rather plain and treeless. The RV's got the best spots leaving us humble campers to the dirt. Overall though...great!
The area is just gorgeous and awe-inspiring. On closer inspection, the lakeshore at the Canyon Lake campground was downright dirty (caveat: we didn't check out the other sites). The lake is down quite a bit (at least 10 feet), and a lot of trash has been exposed. Unfortunately, it isn't being picked up and looks terrible. We saw food trash (lots of cans, etc), sunglasses, old water toys, underwear, etc. My husband had to cut free a baby duck that was caught up in fishing line at the edge of the shore. It was enough to make me gag. I didn't want to get in. The campground itself was not especially well kept, either. I did appreciate the picnic table area that is covered and has misters above. Very much needed! It's HOT this time of year. We'll probably be back, but we will probably try to pay a bit more to tent-camp in the RV area, where there's grass and it's a bit nicer. May rent a water craft to head out for fun on the water.
Went to Canyon Lake in January 2006, the lake was almost empty, it was 75 degrees outside and the lake was like a sheet of glass, the canyons were great. I saw 2 deer, and 1 long horn sheep in the 3 hours that I was there. What a great place to boat, swim or just get away for a short time. Only about 30 minute drive from Mesa Az. Boat ramps were very wide and well kept. Rest rooms were clean and the picnic areas looked good. What else can you ask for? Ok water in January was cold.
We had a great afternoon out on the lake. We hired a pontoon boat for an hour and just cruised our way thru the canyons. Awesome photo opportunities! It was a relaxing and enjoyable time. Well worth the money and the time spent driving there.
We went in April '05, it was warm, but not too hot. Personally, I wouldn't visit during the Summer months, due to the heat and busyness. However, I would highly recommend this experience and I will be going back November 2006.
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