Saguaro is the most popular lake on the Salt River is Saguaro Lake. Saguaro is the last of
the lakes in in the Salt River system as the river flows toward the Arizona and
Southern Canals. Saguaro Lake is 41 miles from downtown
Phoenix, is the lake closest to Phoenix. Saguaro is a scenic body of water
with towering red and yellow cliff walls. It is managed by a joint effort
between four organizations, Salt River Project, Tonto National Forest, Arizona
Game and Fish Department, and the Maricopa County Sheriff's Office.|
Arizona Game and Fish Department stocks
the lake with fish. There generally are good supplies of walleye,
largemouth and yellow bass, rainbow and brown trout, bluegills, channel catfish,
and crappie in Saguaro.
Saguaro del Norte Recreation site is near the dam and includes the
Saguaro Lake Marina, a
Maricopa County Sheriff's aid station, picnic tables, restrooms and boat
ramps. 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. Bagley Flat
Campground (30 spaces) is about four miles from the dam but is accessible only
by boat. It is open all year (no fees). To get there, travel up a narrow
cliff-bordered portion of the lake. The campground is in a scenic and peaceful
area and has sanitation facilities.
- From Mesa, travel east on US 60 to Bush Highway. Turn
left and follow signs to lake. From Phoenix take Shea Blvd. to SR 87, Beeline
Highway. Travel 8 miles north to the Saguaro Lake turnoff. From Payson, travel
south on SR 87 to Bush Highway. Turn left and follow signs to lake.
- Boat ramps at Saguaro Lake Marina. Trout stocked at
Marina and Butcher Jones.
Acreage - 1100
Average Depth - 90 ft.
Elevation - 1600 ft.
- Rainbow trout. Largemouth Bass
- Smallmouth Bass
- Yellow Bass
- Catfish (channel )