Need ideas for places to explore?
Below are some of our favorite areas to get on the water in the area.
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The Lower Salt River is easily one of the most accessible, user friendly, and beautiful places to kayak or paddle board. This relatively mellow river is perfect for all skill types and allows for a relaxing float down one of Arizona's prettiest rivers. You can park at Pebble Beach Recreation Area and float from there. Enjoy well marked trails, designated parking areas and wild life. You just might see a wild horse or two! It's best to take two vehicles; one to park at the bottom and one to park at the drop-in spot.
***Tonto Pass Required**
Saguaro Lake, located just a few miles past the Salt river recreation area is yet another beautiful area Arizona offers to spend your day! Enjoy 22 miles of beautiful canyon walls or wide open water. This location also offers ample parking, picnic areas, water access points, and restrooms. Butcher Jones is a popular spot to kayak and paddle board on Saguaro Lake. Saguaro Lake is easily one of our top 5 lakes in Arizona.
**Tonto Pass required**
Lake Pleasant is One of Arizona's larger lakes located just North of Phoenix is another great option for recreational kayaking. This recreation area has a tendency to have higher watercraft traffic during weekends but is still a favorite for its size and access. Enjoy multiple marinas, restaurants, access points, parking lots, and space to explore!
**Entry Fee may be required.*** Not Tonto Pass, this is managed by a private company.
Apache Lake is located outside of the city in Roosevelt, Arizona. You can escape crowded recreation and picnic areas, with lots of open flat water, sandy beaches, and accessible places to drop kayaks in, this spot is definitely worth the drive. Weather your paddle boarding Apache Lake or kayaking, this lake doesn't disappoint. Fishing on this lake is also pretty good.
**Tonto Pass Required**
Canyon Lake is one of the smaller lakes that truly packs a punch. Known for its awesome views and super cool drive into the lake this lake is easily our favorite for paddle sports. Canyon lake is slightly further than Saguaro Lake but is often worth the drive. Just talking about it makes us want to close up shop and head there now. Don't just take are word for it, paddle board or kayak Canyon Lake today!
Incorporate some hiking into your trip at Canyon Lake with many coves that offer the ability to get out and explore off trail.
** Tonto Pass Required **
Roosevelt Lake is one of the Biggest lakes in Arizona. It offers breath taking views, tons of space to paddle, small canyons to explore, and wildlife around every corner, it's no wonder this is one of our favorites! Roosevelt Lake also has some of the greatest bass, catfish, and crappie fishing in the valley. Paddle board or Kayak Roosevelt lake today!
** Tonto Pass Required **.