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    Saguaro Lake Arizona

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    Saguaro Lake

    Saguaro Lake, created by the Stewart Mountain Dam, is located just 40 miles northeast of downtown Phoenix and even closer to Scottsdale and Mesa, suburbs of Phoenix. The lake is named for the majestic Saguaro Cactus that speckle the surrounding desert landscape. Saguaro Lake has more than 22 miles of shoreline and when full is about 118 feet deep creating a great environment for power boating, water skiing, sailing, jet skiing, kayaking, fishing and camping.

    There is an 82-decibel noise restriction strictly enforced. Because of the lake's popularity, certain restrictions can apply to boaters depending on the season. On popular holiday weekends for example, the lake can quickly reach boating capacity and additional boaters arriving late will find themselves prohibited from getting on the water. Summer weekends in general are particularly busy and those guests hoping to launch can expect some long delays, so arrive early during peak periods.

    The lake is divided into upper and lower portions and connected by narrow waterways where boaters are required to reduce their speeds to 15 miles per hour while they traverse between the two lake sections.

    Marina Services, Camping & Recreation.

    Credit: Saguaro Lake Ranch Horseback Riding

    The Saguaro Del Norte Recreation Area, located on the west upper end of the lake near the dam, includes the Saguaro Lake Marina. The marina features boat storage, boat rental, boat slips, launch ramps, picnic talbes, fuel services, sewage tank dump, bait and tackle, and an exceptional restaurant that features great views of the lake. The recreation area is open all daily all year from 6AM to 8PM.

    The Bagley Flat Campground is about 4 miles from the dam and is only accessible by boat. It offers 30 camping spaces. To get to the campground, boat up a narrow cliff-bordered area of the lake. Butcher Jones Beach, which can be reached by a road a few miles north of Saguaro del Norte, features swimming, picnic and restroom facilities. The area is open daily from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. from April through September.

    The lake hides coves and caves all along its shoreline providing opportunities for exploration and privacy even on busy weekends. Those guests who prefer to find their fun on dry land can explore the numerous trails that criss-cross the area and occasionally catch a glimpse of a soaring eagle, grazing mule deer or Big Horn sheep.

    A leisurely tour aboard the Desert Belle is also an excellent way to catch an evening sunset. About 5 miles south of the marina on Bush Highway is the rustic Saguaro Lake Ranch Resort. For those who prefer a bed to a sleeping bag, this is the right place to spend the night after a long day on the lake. The Ranch, built in the 1930's, offers activities such as horseback riding during winter, fall, and spring, and kayaking and tubing during the summer months.

    Angler's flock to the lake to catch their share of Brown and Rainbow Trout, Yellow and Largemouth Bass, Channel Catfish, Walleye, Crappie, and Bluegill.

    Directions To Saguaro Lake.

    Saguaro Lake is about 40 miles northeast of downtown Phoenix and even closer from Scottsdale and the East Valley communities of Greater Phoenix. Depending upon where you will coming from, there are two ways to reach Saguaro Lake.

    From Scottsdale. Either take Shea Boulevard or McDowell Road east to Beeline Highway (SR 87). Turn north on Beeline. About 8 miles after crossing the Verde River, turn right at the Saguaro Lake Recreational Area.

    Via Bush Highway. Take the Superstition Freeway (US 60) and exit north on Bush Highway. Continue on Bush Highway to the Saguaro Lake Recreation Area turnoff.

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