Saguaro Lake

Saguaro Lake is located within the Tonto National Forest, about 30 miles north east of Mesa. It is a long, narrow and winding lake created by the construction of Stewart Mountain Dam.

Saguaro del Norte Recreation site is near the dam and includes the Saguaro Lake Marina, which has a restaurant and boat concession, an 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, which has 30 spaces, is about four miles from the dam but is accessible only by boat. It is open all year and there are no fees. To get there, travel up a narrow cliff-bordered portion of the lake. The campground is in a scenic area and has sanitation facilities.

The Arizona Game and Fish Department stock the lake with fish. There are good supplies of walleye, large mouth and yellow bass, rainbow and brown trout, bluegills, channel catfish, and crappie. There are over 2200 fish-habitat structures installed to enhance fishing on the lake

Flora seen around the lake include prickly pear, barrel, jumping cholla and majestic saguaro cacti. Trees include mesquite, ironwood and Arizona’s state tree, the palo verde.  Fauna includes ring-tailed cats, bobcats, mountain lions, coyotes, javalina, bighorn sheep and deer. Avian species you may see are vultures, falcons, eagles, hawks and more.

There is a lake tour on the Desert Belle . It is a ninety -minute narrated tour and is very entertaining and informative.  We rode on the boat and I highly recommend the tour.

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