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
April 21, 2014
The Bundy Ranch grazing range that is the subject
of dispute is located west of Lake Mead. Access to some roads in the
Lake Mead National Recreation Area had been closed as part of the
actions surrounding the BLM actions in the area.
Representative news stories about the Bundy Ranch
dispute are linked below...
April 21, 2014
National Review Online
Military-Style Units From Government Agencies Are
Wreaking Havoc On Non-Violent Citizens
Regardless of how people feel about Nevada rancher
Cliven Bundy’s standoff with the federal Bureau of Land Management
over his cattle’s grazing rights, a lot of Americans were surprised to
see TV images of an armed-to-the-teeth paramilitary wing of the BLM
deployed around Bundy’s ranch.
They shouldn’t have been. Dozens of federal
agencies now have Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) teams to further an
expanding definition of their missions. It’s not controversial that
the Secret Service and the Bureau of Prisons have them. But what about
the Department of Agriculture, the Railroad Retirement Board, the
Tennessee Valley Authority, the Office of Personnel Management, the
Consumer Product Safety Commission, and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife
Service? All of these have their own SWAT units and are part of a
worrying trend towards the militarization of federal agencies — not to
mention local police forces.
April 18, 2014
Heller Calls Bundy Ranch Supporters ‘Patriots;’
Reid Sticks With ‘Domestic Terrorists’ (Video)
Nevada’s senators sparred Friday on live TV in
Las Vegas over the standoff between the federal government and rancher
“What Sen. Reid may call domestic terrorists, I
call patriots,” GOP Sen. Dean Heller said during the rare joint
KSNV-TV. “We have a very different view on this.”
Sitting next to his senior colleague, Heller was referring
to comments made Thursday by Majority Leader Harry Reid,
D-Nev., about the militia-type groups that came to the defense of
rancher Cliven Bundy, who has upwards of a million dollars in unpaid
grazing fees that led the Bureau of Land Management to round up cattle
on federal land.
April 17, 2014
Harry Reid Labels Supporters of Rancher Cliven
Bundy ‘Domestic Terrorists’, Reveals Federal Task Force Being
Sen. Harry Reid (D-Nev.) claimed on Thursday that
armed supporters of rancher Cliven Bundy are “domestic terrorists”
and reckless individuals who put their families in danger.
Speaking at a Las
Vegas Review-Journal event, Reid was clear: “They’re
nothing more than domestic terrorists. I repeat: what happened there was
The rhetoric certainly will do nothing to ease
already-high tensions after the Bureau of Land Management prematurely
shut down its operation to round up Bundy’s “trespass cattle” on
Saturday. The federal agency cited fears of public safety after having
run-ins with armed militia members who traveled to Bunkerville, Nev., to
support the rancher.
April 17, 2014
BLM Alleges to Save Tortoises - But Look at What They Did to Bundy’s
These photos are NOT for the faint of heart or weak of stomach.
Forget all of the talk by the BLM about how they are “saving”
animals. During the
tense stand-off between Cliven Bundy, backed by his fellow patriots, and
the federal government, the rancher’s cattle were
massacred by the BLM. These photos were just released and they show what
those federal employees did to a bunch of cows who had the misfortune to
be grazing on some grass that was in dispute. The next time you hear
some bleeding heart environmentalist talking about the federal
government “protecting” the land and “saving” the animals,
kindly direct them to this article.
April 16, 2014
accused of leaving trail of wreckage after Nevada ranch standoff
The federal agency that backed down over the
weekend in a tense standoff with a Nevada rancher is being accused of
leaving a trail of wreckage behind.
Fox News toured the damage -- allegedly caused by
the Bureau of Land Management -- which included holes in water tanks and
destroyed water lines and fences. According to family friends, the
bureau's hired "cowboys" also killed two prize bulls.
"They had total control of this land for one
week, and look at the destruction they did in one week," said Corey
Houston, friend of rancher Cliven Bundy and his family. "So why
would you trust somebody like that? And how does that show that they're
a better steward?"
April 16, 2014
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April 13, 2014
Las Vegas Review-Journal
Bundy Ranch Dispute with Federal Land Agency Draws Variety of Foot
BUNKERVILLE — Cliven Bundy’s fight with the Bureau of Land
Management over the federal agency’s roundup of his cattle attracted a
diverse group of foot soldiers: fellow ranchers, Las Vegans and militia
and patriot groups were among them.
Their battle cry is the U.S. Constitution and liberty. They fear the
federal government overstepping its bounds at every turn. This concern,
in their view, applies to those from all walks of life, be it a rural
Southern Nevada rancher or a militia member from northern Montana.
Ultimately, the Bundy protest — which was defused Saturday when
federal land officials agreed to end the weeklong roundup that
culminated in a 20-minute standoff between armed protesters and law
enforcement officers — became an outlet for those wanting to voice
their opinions about government overreach and any perceived infringement
of constitutional rights.
April 13, 2014
Nevada Ranch Standoff Could Leave Dirt On Harry
Longtime aide of senator
is new at helm of Bureau of Land Management
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said little as federal
agents seized and then released cattle last week from the Bundy ranch, but
there is little doubt that the highly charged episode was threatening to become
a political headache for the Nevada Democrat.
The Bureau of Land Management is headed by former
longtime Reid aide Neil Kornze, who was
confirmed by the Senate as BLM director on Tuesday, just as federal authorities
descended on the cattle ranch outside Mesquite, Nev.
April 12, 2014
April 12, 2014
Amid Mounting Pressure, BLM Backs Down In Ranch
Just one day after Western Journalism began
circulating a petition
for the Bureau of Land Management to back down from its authoritarian
position against the Clark County, Nev., family, the agency announced
Saturday that its targeted attack will not continue. This is a huge
departure from the action of federal agents over the past week, which
included arrests, physical assaults, and threats against protesters and
the Bundy family.
Since the standoff began, however, law enforcement
officers, legislators, state militia members, and the general public
have increasingly voiced their opposition to the use of excessive force
in removing cattle from the ranch.
April 12, 2014
Center for Biological Diversity
April 12, 2014
Lake Mead National Recreation Area
Lake Mead Closure Lifted In Time For Clark County
BOULDER CITY, Nev. – The temporary closure on
the west side of the Overton Arm at Lake Mead National Recreation Area
has been lifted. Lands near St. Thomas and Stewarts Point are now open
in time for the Clark County Fair and Rodeo.
The Overton Arm is an area in the park where
people escape the crowds and enjoy miles of shorelines and wide open
waters known for fishing, water skiing or cruising in solitude.
Largemouth bass, stripers and bluegill are just
some of the sport fish found in the Overton Arm. Visitors can fish from
the shore or launch from Echo Bay and explore the many secluded coves up
and down the this portion of the lake.
Echo Bay launch ramp is just south of the town of
Overton off of I-15. The area has campgrounds, RV sites and a
For those interested in hiking, the most colorful
scenery at Lake Mead National Recreation Area can be seen in the
northern portion of the park.
which is located along Northshore Road, has ample parking, restrooms and
picnic areas. Visitors can hike Redstone Trail and climb vibrant red
ancient sand dunes that were formed millions of years ago.
Spring and Blue Point Spring are other popular locations
in the Overton arm. Along with picnic tables and restrooms, visitors can
take a dip in the natural springs.
For history buffs, the town of St.
Thomas, which was settled in 1865 and later covered by
the waters of Lake Mead, is now exposed. Visitors can explore the area
that was home to pioneers for more than 60 years.
Northshore Road, which stretches from Overton to
Henderson, is a scenic drive popular to bicyclists and motorcyclists
because it includes miles of geologic scenery, wildlife and seclusion.
View a map of the Overton Arm at this
April 11, 2014
East Valley News Net
Action to Help Ranchers at the Bundy Ranch
4-10-14 Arizona Freedom Alliance
Resolution by Arizona Legislature:
Approximately 11:00 a.m. this date, the Arizona
Legislature passed a Resolution of Support to the Bundy family and
against the heavy-handed tactics of the U.S. Government, especially the
Bureau of Land Management (BLM) in the seizure of grazing land used by
the Bundy’s since the late 1880’s in Clark County, Nevada. The
resolution is signed by members of the Arizona House of Representatives
standing against any and all violations of State sovereignty and
violations of the U.S. Constitution by the Federal Government. This
resolution is to be hand carried this weekend and delivered to members
of the Nevada State Legislature in support of their right to protect
State and local sovereignty.
Furthermore, an official delegation from the State of Arizona comprised
of Arizona State Senators and members of the Arizona House of
Representatives will be traveling to stand with legislators from other
western states, citizens of various states, Oath Keepers and
Constitutional Sheriffs and Peace Officers Association at the Bunker
Ranch in Clark County, Nevada. The President of the Arizona State
Senate, the Hon. Andy Biggs, and the Speaker of the Arizona House of
Representatives, the Hon. Andy Tobin, both have endorsed the Arizona
Delegation of Legislators and their journey to the Bundy Ranch to stand
in support of all who choose to protect individual and personal property
rights, and the inalienable rights granted to WE THE PEOPLE by our
Forefathers and authors of the Constitution of the United States of
America, as well as State sovereignty granted by the Tenth Amendment of
the U.S. Constitution. The Arizona Delegation of Legislators further
recognizes the Constitutional authority and rights of the Sheriff in
preserving the sovereignty of his county and the people under his
jurisdiction, and stands with those Sheriffs who stand to enforce the
Constitution against all assaults; including political.
April 10, 2014
Grazing cattle and sheep is not only part of the
economic fabric of the West, but when properly managed it also helps
keep rangelands healthy and in balance.
Ranching is an important part of our nation’s heritage and continues
throughout Southern Nevada on public and private lands. The Bureau of
Land Management (BLM) currently has active grazing allotments on more
than 100,000 acres of public lands in Southern Nevada. Nationally, BLM
administers approximately 18,000 grazing permits and leases on 157
million acres of public lands.
Allowing individuals to continue illegal trespass grazing on federal
lands is a matter of fairness to thousands of ranchers whose livestock
graze in compliance with state and federal laws and regulations
throughout the west.
Impoundments of livestock are done only as a last
resort. In this case, the BLM and the National Park Service (NPS) have
made repeated attempts to resolve the matter with Mr. Bundy
administratively and judicially for over 20 years. Mr. Bundy has also
failed to comply with multiple court orders to remove his cattle from
the federal lands and to end the illegal trespass.
The BLM and NPS are working closely with local, state and federal
officials to ensure the impoundment occurs safely and in a transparent
and orderly manner, and with limited disruption to other users and
visitors who enjoy our nation’s public lands.
Total Cattle Count - April 9, 2014
Total Number of Cattle Impounded
operations still ongoing, update in the
Park Service Closure Maps and Updates http://www.nps.gov/lake/parknews/2014impoundment.html
April 6, 2014
Armed Fed Agents and Snipers? Nevada Rancher Is
Taking on the Gov’t in a Battle That’s Reaching a Breaking Point
Armed federal agents deployed last week to
northeast Clark County, Nev., for what can only be described as a major
escalation in a decades-long standoff between a local cattle rancher and
the U.S. government.
Cliven Bundy, right, and Clance Cox, left, stand
at the Bundy ranch near Bunkerville, Nev., Saturday, April 5, 2014. The
U.S. Bureau of Land Management started taking cattle on Saturday from
rancher Bundy, who it says has been trespassing on U.S. land without
required grazing permits for over 25 years. Bundy doesn’t recognize
federal authority on land he insists belongs to Nevada. (AP)
Cliven Bundy, the last
remaining rancher in the southern Nevada county, stands
in defiance of a 2013 court
order demanding that he remove his cattle from public
land managed by the U.S. Department of the Interior’s Bureau of Land
April 6, 2014
Lake Mead National Recreation Area
Cattle Removal Begins Today in Southern Nevada
Las Vegas – As provided in two Federal District
Court orders, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Southern Nevada
District Office and National Park Service (NPS) Lake Mead National
Recreation Area today will begin removing cattle that have been grazing
illegally on public land in Clark County for more than 20 years.
The BLM and the NPS have made repeated attempts to
resolve this matter administratively and judicially. The agencies are
now implementing two Federal District Court orders to remove the cattle.
The BLM and NPS are working closely with local, state and federal
officials to ensure that removal occurs in a safe and orderly manner.
As the BLM and NPS remove these unauthorized
cattle from public lands, the agencies will put into effect temporary
closures to some publicly accessible land to ensure the safety of the
public, federal employees and contractor personnel. Every effort will be
made to minimize the impacts on visitors and public land users while the
gather operations are underway, and all temporary closures will be
lifted once the removal is complete.
Areas temporarily closed to public access will be
posted with signs, closure notices and the public can also find daily
updates about the removal operation and closure areas on the BLM and NPS
For the convenience of the public, two areas have
been designated for those wishing to express their first amendment
rights. Permits are not needed to rally or protest in these locations:
I-15 at Exit 112 for Riverside and State Route 170 and White Rock Road.
Only one of these areas will be available at a time; Incident Command
staff will determine daily location and it will be posted on BLM
Mead National Recreation Area
Mohave Marina Contract Open For Bid
CITY, Nev. – The National Park Service has issued a prospectus
soliciting for proposals in response to a 15-year business opportunity
to operate a full-service marina at Katherine Landing on Lake Mohave
within Lake Mead National Recreation Area.
The key elements of the contract authorize the operation of the marina,
including moorage, boat rental, food and beverage, retail, fuel and
Katherine Landing is the second most popular area within Lake Mead
National Recreation Area. In 2013, more than 1.3 million people visited
the developed area, up 38 percent compared to 2012. For 2014, visitation
is up another 18 percent.
To view the prospectus files and specifics for this business
opportunity, visit http://www.concessions.nps.gov/lake007-15.htm.
A one-day site visit is available April 15. Interested parties must RSVP
to NPS Coordinator Kim Gagliolo at Kim_Gagliolo@nps.gov
to reserve a spot. Questions about the prospectus must be submitted in
writing to Gagliolo by April 21. Proposals must be received by 4 p.m.
PST June 10.
Lake Mead National Recreation Area
Temporary Closure March 27-May 12 at Virgin River
BOULDER CITY, Nev. – Virgin River Basin at Lake
Mead National Recreation Area will be temporarily closed March 27
through May 12.
The area closed includes the northern tip of Lake
Mead National Recreation Area where the Virgin River meets Lake Mead, as
well as surrounding lands. For a map of the closure area, visit www.nps.gov/lake/parknews/2014impoundment.htm.
The Bureau of Land Management Southern Nevada
District Office and the National Park Service are taking steps to
resolve a long-standing cattle trespass on federal lands in Southern
The area will be closed to access, hiking and
other recreational uses to ensure the safety of the public, federal
employees and contractor personnel. The NPS regrets any inconvenience
this temporary closure may cause.
Cattle have been grazing in trespass on public
lands in Southern Nevada for more than two decades. The BLM and NPS have
made repeated attempts to resolve this matter administratively and
judicially. Impoundment of cattle illegally grazing on public lands is
an option of last resort. The BLM and NPS are working closely with
local, state and federal officials to ensure the gather of unauthorized
cattle occurs in a safe and orderly manner.
Glen Canyon National Recreation Area
to Glen Canyon National Recreation Area and Rainbow Bridge National
Monument creates Economic Benefits
Report shows visitor spending supports 1488 jobs in
A new National Park Service (NPS) report shows that 2,136,542
visitors to Glen Canyon National Recreation Area and Rainbow Bridge
National Monument in 2012 spent $190 million in communities near the
parks. That spending supported 1488 jobs in the local area.
"Glen Canyon National Recreation Area and Rainbow Bridge
National Monument are proud to welcome visitors from across the country
and around the world," said Superintendent Todd Brindle. We are
delighted to share the story of these places and the experiences they
provide and to use the parks as a way to introduce our visitors to this
part of the country and all that it offers. National park tourism is a
significant driver in the national economy – returning $10 for every
$1 invested in the National Park Service – and it's a big factor in
our local economy as well. We appreciate the partnership and support of
our neighbors and are glad to be able to give back by helping to sustain
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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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
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