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Water Activities

Even though Mesa is in the heart of a desert, visitors can take advantage of the city’s close proximity to a water recreation paradise.

Fishing & Water Activities in Mesa

There are a variety of lakes and rivers in and around Mesa that allow for desert boating, fishing, rafting, kayaking, water skiing, wake boarding and jet skiing. Or, partake in the ever-popular activity of “tubing”, a leisurely float along the cool waters of the Salt River via inner-tube! Contact these nearby lakes below directly for information on boat rentals and current fishing schedules.

Apache Lake: 17 miles long with secluded coves. Hotel lodging, camping, boat rental and storage available. Day use areas on-site. Fees apply. Fish species: Black Crappie, Channel Catfish, Flathead Catfish, Largemouth Bass, Smallmouth Bass, Walleye. Apache Lake Marina, 928-467-2511,

Canyon Lake: 28 miles of shoreline, 950 surface acres of water and secluded coves. RV and tent camping, boat rental and storage available. Day use areas and ramada rental on-site. Fees apply. Depth: 141 feet. Fish species: Bluegill, Largemouth Bass, Rainbow Trout, Walleye, Yellow Bass. Canyon Lake Marina, 480-288-9233,

Eastmark Great Park: Fishing with your little ones? Eastmark Great Park features a pond that contains trout, catfish, and sunfish. Expand your fishing itinerary by taking your children to the fun playground area or the shaded splashpad.

Greenfield Park Community Fishing Lake: Cast your line in the ADA-friendly fishing area of Greenfield Park. Fathead minnows, bass, and bluegill are some of the varieties that you'll find at this lake. Make a family-centered outing of it by bringing your snacks to a picnic table, or cooling down under the shaded ramada.

Red Mountain Lake: Fish in the glimmering waters of Red Mountain Park and unwind in a calming atmosphere. With various sports courts and walking trails, there is something for everyone at this local park. Spanning around eight acres, fish varieties in the lake include white amur, trout, catfish, bass, and sunfish.

Riverview Lake: Nestled in Riverview Park, this special lake spans around three acres and offers ample fishing opportunities. Daily bag limits include four catfish, two bass, and 10 sunfish. Bring your little ones and enjoy the playground area of this charming park. For more information, visit the official website of Arizona Game and Fish.

Roosevelt Lake: 112 miles of shoreline and 22,000 acres of surface water. Hotel lodging and RV park, camping, boat rental and storage available. Fees apply. Depth: 300 feet (when full). Fish species: Largemouth Bass, Smallmouth Bass,Catfish, Bluegill, Crappie. Roosevelt Marina, 602-977-7170.

Saguaro Lake: 10 miles long and 22 miles of shoreline. Ranch-style lodging, day use areas and Butcher Jones Beach. Boat rental and storage available. Fees apply. Depth: 100+ feet. Fish species: Bluegill, Largemouth Bass, Smallmouth Bass, Channel Catfish, Rainbow Trout, Crappie. Saguaro Lake Marina, 480-986-5546,

Salt River: The closest river to Mesa, most leisure recreation takes place in the lower and upper portions where outfitters operate guided water tours via kayak, raft and inner tube. The river winds through the Tonto National Forest and offers a convenient day trip for Mesa visitors. Fishing permit required. Day use areas throughout.

Verde River: Take in the breathtaking views of lush vegetation and tranquil waters while fishing in this scenic river. This major tributary of the Salt River stretches over 160 miles and carries different types of game fish, including catfish, bluegill, and largemouth bass. An Arizona fishing license is needed for anglers who are 10 years of age or older. Visitors can reach this river by traversing across the Fort McDowell Reservation.

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Saguaro Lake

Water Recreation All Year Long

10 miles long and 22 miles of shoreline with lots of Sunshine in between. Camp, boat, fish and play year round.