Arizona lakes, more specifically warm water desert lakes
are the focus of this page. Follow this link to a page for Arizona's cold water, high country lakes and
streams... they are My
Favorite Arizona Fishing Waters.
lakes are important to the people and wildlife of our state. Water storage,
flood control, and recreation are primary purposes of these scenic bodies of
is located in west-central Arizona. The Big Sandy Wash and the Santa
Maria River join to form the Bill Williams River. Alamo Dam is located a few
miles below the confluence and forms the lake. Alamo Lake is usually the
first desert lake to offer late winter bass and crappie fishing.
Arizona Lakes News and Information
July 23 2014
Lake Mead National Recreation Area
1 Missing Swimmer Recovered From Lake Mead
BOULDER CITY, Nevada – The body of a 30-year-old Las Vegas man who
went missing July 22 was recovered from Lake Mead around 8 p.m. July 23.
At 11:52 a.m. July 22, the Lake Mead Interagency Communication Center
received a call reporting that Dindo Gavarra jumped from a houseboat to
swim to shore with others. When everyone got to shore, they noticed he
July 23 2014
Coconino National Fores
Blue Ridge boat ramp temporarily closed today
Flagstaff, Ariz. – The boat ramp at Blue Ridge Reservoir is
closed today as firefighters use it as a shuttle point to transport
personnel to mop up a fire that began yesterday morning near the Bear
Canyon fork of the reservoir.
The human-caused Battle Fire began yesterday morning and was fully
contained by yesterday evening at 9 acres. A heli-tanker was used
to douse the fire yesterday and firefighters are mopping up remnants of
the fire today.
The boat ramp will likely be open tomorrow.
July 22 2014
Coconino County Sheriff’s Office
Coconino County Sheriff’s Office Conducts OUI
Checkpoint at Lake Powell
BOAT SAFE, BOAT SMART, BOAT SOBER
Page, AZ – On Saturday, August 9th 2014 law enforcement
agencies in Northern Coconino County will be conducting an Operating
Under the Influence (OUI) and boating safety checkpoint at Lake Powell
from 3:00 pm to 7:00 pm. In an effort to reduce the number of
persons killed and injured in alcohol and drug involved boat collisions,
OUI checkpoints are conducted to identify offenders and get them off the
waterways as well as to inform and educate the public of the dangers of
OUI checkpoints are a proven-effective method for achieving this
goal. By publicizing these enforcement and education efforts, the
Coconino County Sheriff’s Office believes boaters can be deterred from
operating watercraft while under the influence of alcohol or
drugs. In addition, members of the boating community are
encouraged to ensure their vessels are properly outfitted with required
safety equipment to ensure a safe voyage.
Traffic volume and weather permitting, all vessels may be checked for
safety equipment and operators who are under the influence of alcohol
and/or drugs will be arrested. Our objective is to send a clear
message to those who are considering operating a watercraft after
consuming alcohol or drugs-Boat Safe, Boat Smart, Boat Sober!
Deputies of the Coconino County Sheriff’s Office will partner with
Officers of the Arizona Game and Fish Department, National Park Service,
Arizona Department of Public Safety, and the Page Police
Department. It is our desire that this two pronged approach of
public awareness/education and strict enforcement will allow boating
enthusiasts to have an enjoyable and safe recreational experience in
Safe boating recreation is a must, and everyone should take a minute
and remember to check your boats, personal watercraft and all equipment
before launching at your favorite lake or waterway. Make sure you
have all required safety equipment, such as proper fitting life jackets
and working fire extinguishers.
July 21 2014
Bureau of Reclamation
Spillway Testing This Week for Parker and Davis Dams
BOULDER CITY, Nev. – The Bureau of Reclamation’s Lower Colorado
Region is conducting a test of Parker Dam’s spillway structure on July
22, 2014 at approximately 10:00 a.m. (PT). The spillway test for Davis
Dam is scheduled for Wednesday, July 23, 2014 at 10:00 a.m. (PT). The
water being released through the testing of the spillway gates is part
of the water normally released to fulfill downstream water orders.
At each dam, one spillway gate will be opened for about seven minutes
releasing approximately 26 acre-feet (af) at 1,500 to 1,700 cubic feet
per second (cfs). During the seven minute controlled test, the water
will be released from the face of the Parker Dam and the forebay of
Davis Dam through a one-foot opening in the spillway gate and be visible
to visitors and residents in the area.
This spillway gate testing is part of Reclamation's maintenance
process that involves periodic and mandatory testing of critical
portions of each facility to ensure that they will operate normally if
needed. Spillways are used to safely pass water that cannot be
accommodated through other means such as penstocks and
turbine-generators during a flooding event.
July 19 2014
Life jacket saves man’s life in Fourth of July crash
Personal watercraft rider knocked unconscious, kept
afloat by life jacket
Arizona Game and Fish officers stopped a personal watercraft rider on
Lake Pleasant on Independence Day weekend for not wearing his life
jacket, and that may have saved his father’s life.
On the morning of July 4th, Game and Fish Officers Bryan Marshall and
David Mayer saw 19-year-old Hoy Lam on a red Sea Doo personal watercraft
(PWC) leaving the Lake Pleasant boat launch area without a life jacket
and heading towards the main lake at a high rate of speed. The officers
stopped the driver and cited him for not wearing his life jacket and for
exceeding “wakeless speed” in the boat launch area.
“After citing him, we watched the PWC driver return to his camp on
shore where he put on his life jacket and went back out on the lake,”
said Officer Bryan Marshall of the Arizona Game and Fish Department (AZGFD).
“But, as it turned out, that wasn’t the end of the story.”
About two hours later, Officers Marshall and Mayer got a call on their
radio about a multiple PWC crash in the open water of the main lake. A
red Sea Doo had “t-boned” another PWC at a high rate of speed. At
the scene of the crash, other AZGFD officers and Maricopa County Sheriff
deputies found the driver of the red Sea Doo thrown from his PWC but
“We quickly recognized him as Hoy Lam, the same man we had stopped
earlier in the day for not wearing his life jacket,” said Officer
The driver of the second PWC, Hoy’s father Phong Lam, was floating
face-down and unconscious. “Witnesses on a nearby pontoon boat saw him
floating in the water and jumped in to right him,” said Officer
Marshall. “Officer Mayer also jumped into the water to assist in
transitioning the injured operator to a back board.”
The injured boaters and passengers were taken to the boat ramp and
transported to the hospital by helicopter. Phong Lam suffered a broken
leg, and passengers on both PWCs had minor injuries, but they all
survived the crash because everyone was wearing their life jackets.
“It was our first time riding jet skis, and we didn’t know that life
jackets were required,” said Phong Lam. “I’m glad now that I was
wearing a life jacket because it saved my life.”
“Had we not stopped this PWC rider and made him wear a life jacket,
the other people in his party might not have known to wear their life
jackets. There could have been one or more fatalities on the Fourth,”
said Officer Marshall. “Instead, life jackets bought them time enough
to be rescued. It’s why we say ‘Life jackets save lives.’”
Arizona law requires that all PWC operators wear a life jacket and that
they attach the PWC’s lanyard-type ignition safety switch to their
person. Game and Fish recommends wearing a life jacket anytime you’re
on the water.
July 15 2014
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
Service Awards $16.6 Million in Grants to Support
Recreational Boating and Clean Water in 21 States
A total of $16.6 million in grants will be awarded to 21 states under
the Clean Vessel Act program. Funds for the program are provided
annually from the Sport Fish Restoration and Boating Trust Fund, which
is maintained through the collection of fishing tackle manufacturer
excise taxes and boat and fishing import duties, as well as motorboat
and small engine fuel taxes. "Clean water is a fundamental need for
both people and wildlife, and a perfect example of how the fates of both
are intertwined," said Service Director Dan Ashe.
July 9, 2014
Bureau of Reclamation
Lake Mead Levels to Drop to Historic Lows
BOULDER CITY, Nev. – Lake Mead, the reservoir created by Hoover
Dam, is anticipated this week to reach its lowest water level since the
lake’s initial filling in the 1930s. The Bureau of Reclamation’s
Boulder Canyon Operations Office is projecting the elevation to drop to
1,081.75 feet above sea level during the week of July 7 and to continue
to drop, reaching approximately 1,080 feet in November of this year.
Reclamation’s Lower Colorado Region annually delivers about 9
million acre-feet (MAF) to homes, businesses, farms, Native American
tribes and communities, and Mexico.
“We will meet our water orders this year and we are not projecting
a shortage condition in 2015,” said Lower Colorado Regional Director
Terry Fulp. “We continue to closely monitor the projections of
declining lake levels and are working with stakeholders throughout the
Lower Basin to keep as much water in Lake Mead as we can through various
storage and conservation efforts.”
Annual releases from Lake Powell and Lake Mead are determined in
accordance with the 2007 Colorado River Interim Guidelines for Lower
Basin Shortages and Coordinated Operations for Lake Powell and Lake Mead
(Guidelines). Only if Lake Mead is projected to reach elevation 1,075
feet on January 1 of each year would the Secretary of the Interior
determine a shortage condition and reduce water deliveries in the Lower
Lake Mead’s elevation is currently projected to be at approximately
1,083 feet on January 1, 2015.
In Water Year 2014 (ending on September 30, 2014), Lake Powell will
have released a record low amount of water, 7.48 MAF into Lake Mead in
accordance with the Guidelines. As of July 1, 2014, the forecasted
inflow into Lake Powell is 95 percent of average for the water year. In
Water Year 2015, Lake Powell’s release to Lake Mead is currently
projected to be between 8.23 MAF and 9.0 MAF.
July 8, 2014
Lake Mead National Recreation
Afternoon Storm Leads To 70 Distress Calls, 11 Rescues at Lake
BOULDER CITY, Nev. – National Park Service park rangers and other first
responders conducted multiple search and rescues at Lake Mead July 8 after a
thunderstorm formed over the Boulder Basin.
The storm began around 3:45 p.m. and created 5-foot waves and reports of
8-foot swells. The Lake Mead Interagency Communication Center received more
than 70 distress calls from boaters, 11 of which required rescue.
As of 10:30 p.m., July 8, all of the groups had reportedly made it to land.
However, one group of four remained unaccounted for. Rangers had contact with
them and confirmed their GPS coordinates, which were within walking distance of
Callville Bay Marina. Rangers made repeated attempts to reconnect with them to
make sure they made it to safety, but cellphone calls were not answered.
Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department Search and Rescue conducted aerial
searches around the area and did not locate the group. If rangers don’t hear
from them by the morning, the search will continue.
A woman in her 30s was rescued around 8 p.m. in the middle of the lake after
treading water without a life jacket for more than 3 hours. She was on a
personal watercraft and decided to take her life jacket off to go swimming just
before the storm hit. She was rescued, treated and released. Her husband and
stepson were rescued earlier in the evening.
The remaining individuals who were rescued were wearing their life jackets.
“Life jackets and first responders saved lives today,” said Christie
Vanover, park spokesperson. “Visitors did the right thing when the storm
came. They put on their life jackets, they moved to shore and they called for
help when they needed it.
“Fortunately, a team of partner agencies from the Nevada Department of
Wildlife, Las Vegas Metro, Community Ambulance, park concessioners and the
Bureau of Land Management were available to help rescue those in distress,”
At least one vessel sank and others had to be towed back to the marina.
Earlier in the day, an unrelated search and rescue was conducted on land at
Goldstrike Canyon. A teenage girl was rescued after hiking the trail with very
little water. She was transported to an area hospital.
According to the National Weather Service, temperatures are expected to
surpass 100 degrees throughout the week with a 20 percent chance for
thunderstorms Wednesday and Thursday.
July 6, 2014
Glen Canyon History
Glen Canyon National Recreation Area, Lake Powell, and the
surrounding backcountry are major recreation attractions. Leisurely
houseboating, water skiing, fishing, hiking, roch climbing, and other
activities bring many visitors to the area.
Glen Canyon has a pioneer history that few modern visiters know. The
website of Lake Powell Resorts features an interesting narrative of Glen
Lake Powell was created in 1963 when the Glen
Canyon Dam held back the waters of the Colorado River, forming a
vast blue lake surrounded by beautiful sandstone walls. Remarkably, it
took 17 years for the lake to fill the canyon to the high water mark
(3700' above sea level), giving America its second largest man-made
lake - and a playground like no place else on earth. Here are some
highlights of our lake's history:
May 24, 1869: Major John Wesley Powell, an
intrepid one-armed civil war veteran, left Green River, Wyoming,
leading an expedition down the Green and Colorado Rivers. The
expedition ended on August 29, 1869, near Grand Wash Cliffs. His
expedition of the Colorado River filled in the last blank spot on the
map of the United States.
June 24, 2014
Lake Mead National Recreation
Interior Designates Southwest’s First National Water
BOULDER CITY, Nevada – Secretary of Interior Sally
Jewell has designated a portion of the Lower Colorado River that flows through
Lake Mead National Recreation Area as a National Water Trail.
“This recognition places the Black Canyon Water Trail in a distinctive
national network of exemplary water trails and commends the efforts of the
local community and partners in promoting active involvement in the
conservation of our water resources,” Jewell wrote in a congratulatory letter
to members of the Lower Colorado River Water Trail Alliance.
The alliance submitted the Black Canyon Water Trail application in 2012.
Through this designation, it is now one of 16 nationally recognized water
trails nationwide. It is the first water trail in America’s Southwest and the
first that traverses through a desert.
Visitors can access the Black Canyon Water Trail through a guided tour at the
base of the Hoover Dam or from Willow Beach, Arizona, or near an old mining
town in Eldorado Canyon, Nevada.
As visitors travel down the 30-mile trail alongside wilderness and solitude,
they can stop at sandy beaches, colorful caves, plentiful coves and active hot
springs. Desert bighorn sheep and other wildlife are often seen on the cliffs
along the river. There is also a great deal of history associated with the
construction of and research connected to Hoover Dam including the sauna cave,
gauging stations, catwalks, trails and building foundations.
“These trails provide an opportunity for families to get outside and explore
some of our nation’s most beautiful waterways, and by highlighting them as
part of the National Water Trails System, more visitors will have the
opportunity to visit and add value to their local economies,” National Park
Service Director Jonathan B. Jarvis said. “The National Water Trails System
highlights the best of our nation’s water trails that encourage recreation
Launching at Hoover Dam is an exclusive experience provided by a limited number
of vendors in Southern Nevada and Northern Arizona. Visitors are escorted to
the launch site on a narrated bus ride into the Hoover Dam Security Zone.
Before rafting or paddling down the water trail, guides describe the
engineering marvel that is holding back up to 28.9 million acre feet of water
in Lake Mead. Tours range from float trips near the dam to day trips to full
Located 14 miles south of Hoover Dam off of U.S. 93 on the Arizona side of the
water trail, Willow Beach offers a variety of amenities, including a launch
ramp and full-service marina with watercraft, canoe and kayak rentals; a
campground and RV park; and a store and restaurant. The beach and fishing pier
are also popular destinations. Whether hiking, rafting, boating or fishing,
visitors at this part of the Black Canyon Water Trail enjoy sheer cliffs of
multicolored rocks, sandy beaches and secluded coves.
The Black Canyon Water Trail ends at Eldorado Canyon, an area known for its
mining history, which was active when Nevada achieved statehood in 1864.
Steamboats would transport the ore from Eldorado Canyon along the Colorado
River down to the Gulf of California. Mine tours are offered daily outside of
the park boundaries near the community of Nelson, and vendors offer kayak,
paddleboard and hiking tours within the park.
The Lower Colorado River Water Trail Alliance was formed in 2012 to pursue the
designation of a National Water Trail, promote the recreation experience,
protect the water’s natural beauty and resources, and engage the public in
its stewardship. The alliance includes representatives from the National Park
Service, Bureau of Reclamation, Outside Las Vegas Foundation, outfitters/local
businesses, the Chamber of Commerce and outdoor enthusiasts.
For more information on the Black Canyon Water Trail
Black Canyon Water Trail: http://blackcanyonwatertrail.org
National Water Trails System: www.nps.gov/watertrails
June 12, 2014
Lake Powell's Wahweap Campground
Wahweap campground at Lake Powell is operated by the
Park's Concessionaire. The development features...
112 dry campsites (no hook-ups), 90 full hook-ups, and 6
group camping sites.
Facilities include restrooms, laundry, showers, store,
phones, dump station and potable water. The amphitheater, picnic area and swim
beach are nearby.
To make reservations for full hook-ups, group or dry
camping please call 800-528-6154.
June 8, 2014
Coconino National Forest
Ashurst Lake Boat Ramp Is Closed
Ashurst Lake boat ramp is closed due to extremely
low water that has produced hazards, ruts and objects that can cause damage to
Boaters: Don’t forget to “Clean, Drain and
Dry” your boat
Obey the law and
stop the spread of Aquatic Invasive Species, or face a fine
Memorial Day weekend marks the unofficial start of
boating season in Arizona, and the Arizona Game and Fish Department (AZGFD)
reminds boaters to do their part in preventing the spread of Aquatic
Invasive Species (AIS) in Arizona waters. To protect Arizona lakes,
rivers and streams from the devastating effects of invasive species,
Arizona Game and Fish laws require boaters and anglers to clean, drain
and dry their boats and pull the drain plug when leaving an AIS-affected
“Law enforcement officers will be patrolling
Arizona lakes and boat ramps this Memorial Day weekend making sure
boaters follow the law,” said Arizona Boating Law Administrator Kevin
Bergersen. “Failure to clean your boat and pull the plug when leaving
an infested waterway can result in a citation for the boat owner and
possible fines. We issued several citations last weekend, and holiday or
not, we’ll be issuing citations this weekend, too.”
Invasive species have found their way into several
Arizona lakes and rivers after being unwittingly transported from one
body of water to another. Cleaning, draining and drying boats, trailers,
waders and fishing equipment helps contain these invaders and minimizes
damage to boats, water intakes, power plants, aquatic habitats, native
and sport fish populations, and water conveyance infrastructure.
AZGFD has identified aquatic invasive species
affecting these Arizona waters:
• Lake Powell: quagga mussel
• Lake Mead: quagga mussel, New Zealand mudsnail
• Lake Mohave: quagga mussel, New Zealand mudsnail
• Lake Havasu: quagga mussel, didymo
• Lower Colorado River below Lake
Havasu: quagga mussel, giant salvinia, apple snail
• Lake Pleasant: quagga mussel, largemouth bass virus
• Lees Ferry: New Zealand mudsnail, whirling disease
• Lower Salt/Verde River: apple snail
• Bartlett Lake: LMBV
• Roosevelt Lake: LMBV
• Saguaro Lake: LMBV
To help stop these invasive species from
spreading, boaters and anglers must avoid transporting water, live fish
or fish body parts from one body of water to another. Wipe down your
boat, pull your plug, and drain all water from any places in your boat
where it may accumulate each and every time they come out of an AIS-affected
“Going through the steps to prevent the spread
of AIS is easy and should become as routine as securing your boat to its
trailer,” said Bergersen. “Doing this every time you pull your boat
out of the water is the best way to protect your boat, and your favorite
places to boat and fish in Arizona.”
To view the Department’s watercraft
decontamination protocols, visit: www.azgfd.gov/ais.
Lake Mead National Recreation
Notice To Lake Mead Mariners
BOULDER CITY, Nevada – Two launch ramps have
opened and changes have been made to Aids to Navigation on Lake Mead.
The Echo Bay and Callville Bay low-water launch ramps have opened. The
main launch ramps also remain open.
Due to fluctuating lake levels Black Ridge Shore Light #19 in the
Overton Arm previously located at:
North 36 degrees 23 minutes 13 seconds
West 114 degrees 22 minutes 34 seconds
Has been relocated as a buoy located at:
North 36 degrees 22 minutes 27 seconds
West 114 degrees 22 minutes 23 seconds
This green can shaped buoy #19 will show a “Flash” sequence. There
will be a green light flashing on for .4 seconds and off for 3.6 seconds
after which the sequence will repeat.
For current lake conditions, visit http://www.nps.gov/lake/parknews/lakeconditions.htm.
Glen Canyon National Recreation Area
Castle Rock Cut and Bullfrog Ramp Completed
Glen Canyon National Recreation Area staff in
partnership with ARAMARK, completed the Castle Rock Cut excavation which
lowered the bottom elevation to 3580'. Funds from project user fees were
used to complete the project. Use of this shortcut to uplake areas will
be dependent on lake levels and the draft of each vessel. As the lake
rises, boaters are asked to exercise caution and use the cut at their
Construction on the Bullfrog main launch ramp has
also been completed with funds from project user fees and assistance
from ARAMARK. The concrete surface was extended to an elevation of 3570'
and widened by an additional 40 feet. The ramp is fully operational and
at current lake levels (3578') provides approximately 8 feet of water
depth at the end of the ramp.
Antelope Point public ramp remains closed to
launching due to water levels. Stateline ramp is scheduled to open May
April 30, 2014
Alamo Lake closed to water skiers and towing
Low lake level exposes
hazards normally under water
Due to very low water levels, the Arizona Game and
Fish Department is temporarily closing Alamo Lake to all water skiing
and towable devices effective April 30, 2014. The lake’s diminishing
water level has exposed many partially submerged trees, rock
outcroppings and other hazards, making this closure necessary for public
The upper portion of Alamo Lake is permanently
closed to skiing for similar reasons. Arizona Game and Fish is
temporarily expanding the existing closure area for water skiing and the
use of towable devices to include the entire lake. All other watercraft
use remains available to the public during this closure.
A sign alerting boaters to the closure is being
placed at the main access road in Wenden (approximately 35 miles before
the lake), as well as at each shoreline access road at the lake.
“The closure to water skiing and other towable
devices on Alamo Lake is considered temporary,” said Ron
Christofferson, boating facilities program manager for Arizona Game and
Fish. “This temporary designation will be rescinded once the danger to
the public is alleviated by higher water levels.”
Central Arizona lakes
were created by placing one or
more dams along four rivers:
Agua Fria River
Arizona lakes on the Salt River in central Arizona
are convenient to most anglers in the Phoenix - Mesa area. These lakes are
in the Tonto National Forest, east of Phoenix.
The lakes are:
Roosevelt is the largest and most popular fishing lake
on the Salt River. This lake yields a variety of warm water fish, including large crappie, bass, catfish.
can be accessed from three directions:
By way of
the Beeline Highway (State Route 87, north of Mesa, Arizona) and then south
on State Route 188 to the Tonto Creek arm of the lake.
east of Mesa, then northwest on State Route 188 near Miami, Arizona, to the
Salt River arm of the lake.
(Apache Trail northeast from Apache Junction) to the dam. This route
takes you past Canyon and Apache Lakes. This road is gravel and is
steep, narrow and winding once you get several miles beyond Canyon Lake.
sits below Roosevelt Lake and above
This lake gets the least fishing pressure. Maybe it's because of the winding
dirt road and infamous Fish Creek Hill, or possibly because you must pass another lake to get to Apache.
To reach Apache Lake you must go
past Canyon or Roosevelt Lake.
People towing larger boats often reach Apache Lake by
going past Roosevelt Lake and turning southwest onto State Route 88 at the dam.
Apache Lake is popular with small mouth bass anglers and
Desert Bighorn Sheep..
Canyon Lake sits between Apache and Saguaro
Lakes. Canyon Lake is accessed by way of the Apache Trail. The lake yields
large and small mouth bass, catfish, and a few trout.
Saguaro Lake is accessed from two directions.
- From the
Beeline (State Route 87 north from Mesa), then south on the Bush Highway.
- By way of
the Bush Highway, north of Mesa, along the Salt River.
The Salt River above Roosevelt Lake
provides some good cat fishing.
The Salt River below Saguaro Lake can be a good trout
water during the winter months. During hot weather "tubers" float
this stretch of river.
Among the Arizona Lakes near Phoenix, Lake Pleasant
is probably the most popular fishing... and boating, lake in the
area. Lake Pleasant is on the Agua Fria River,
northwest of Phoenix, It can be a pretty good bass, striper and crappie lake.
Lake Pleasant is reached by going:
- North from Phoenix on I-17 (Black Canyon Highway),
and then west on Carefree Highway (State Route 74).
- For those in the Peoria / Sun City area, take 99th
Avenue north to the Carefree Highway.
Arizona lakes on the
Verde River are Bartlett and Horseshoe Lakes, northeast of Carefree, Arizona. Bartlett can offer good catfish
and bass fishing.
The Verde River above Horseshoe Lake and below
Bartlett Lake produces small mouth bass and catfish.
Arizona lakes include another
productive body of water... or (sometimes) two I should mention. San Carlos Lake is on the San Carlos Apache
Indian reservation east of Globe. This lake is fed by the Gila River. When this lake has enough water, it can
produce hot bass fishing.
Gila River is unique among Arizona's rivers. It flows east to west across
the entire state. The Gila originates along the western slope of the Rocky
Mountains in New Mexico, and joins the Colorado River above Yuma.
sometimes lake is formed behind Painted Rock Dam in unusually wet years.
Painted Rock is a flood control dam. It only allows a controlled amount of
water to flow through. In flood years, water backs up behind the dam and
forms a lake over fields that are usually farmed. While this lake has a
sporadic and short life cycle, it can be very productive.
the desert lakes in summer is usually done at night and first
light. If you enjoy night fishing, here's an interesting article on glow
in the dark fishing
out for rattlesnakes in the vicinity of water... especially on warm
lakes also include some cool high country trout lakes South of Flagstaff.
Come on up.
map below shows the relative locations of the major (warm water) river
The map also illustrates the various river drainages, including the
Little Colorado River system and the Verde / Salt / Gila River system.
Arizona lakes on the lower Colorado River are outside the scope of this page. Try a Google
search using the keyword phrase Lake Havasu boating, Lake Mohave fishing, Lake Mead fishing, or Lake Powell fishing.
Highways website offers several publications that anglers will
find informative, interesting... and beautiful.
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Need to rent a boat or a jet ski in Arizona? Bullhead City Jet Ski Rentals provides towable jet ski rentals and boat rentals in Arizona and Nevada.
Arizona lakes happen to be in the high country... where cold water, juniper and
pine forests, and trout are the rule.
A quick Google search using a keyword phrase such
as colorado river lakes or arizona desert lakes will give you some other good links. Be sure to notice the
relevant ads... those are resources also.
Arizona lakes offer variety, fishing, water skiing, swimming, and other
recreational activities. Come on in!
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