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Tonto National Forest -Tonto Basin Ranger Station
28079 N. Az Highway 188
Roosevelt, AZ 85545
80 miles east of Phoenix
19,199 surface acres
Max. Depth:
349 feet
2151 feet
Year round


Theodore Roosevelt Dam, the first major structure constructed by the Bureau of Reclamation on the Salt River Project (SRP), spans the Salt River to form a huge reservoir. The dam is 280 feet high and 723 feet long. Once the largest man-made lake in the world, Roosevelt Lake is still the biggest of the six SRP lakes and offers the most recreation opportunities. When full, the lake covers more than 17,000 acres near the confluence of Tonto Creek and the Salt River.

Game fish in Roosevelt include largemouth and smallmouth bass, bluegill, channel catfish and crappie. The Lake contains a wildlife area and as a wildlife refuge, is posted to permit hunting at certain times of the year.

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Largemouth Bass
Smallmouth Bass
80 miles east of Phoenix
19,199 surface acres
Max. Depth:
349 feet
Year round
Water Access:
Boat lanching ramps are available at Indian Point Recreation Site, Roosevelt Marina, Cholla Recreation Site, Windy Hill Recreation Site, Grapevine Groupsite and Schoolhouse Recreation Site.
Camping Info
A (all solar-powered) campground is available at Cholla Boating Site. Other large campgrounds are available at Windy Hill Boating Site and Indian Point Recreation Site. There is also the Grapevine Group Campground.
Additional Details:

Roosevelt Lake is 25 miles long with 112 miles of shoreline.

You will need a Tonto Pass. $6.00 per vehicle and $4.00 per watercraft. Group events require a permit. Contact the Tonto Basin ranger station for both passes and permits.

Water around developed sites and within many coves are no wake areas. Also note that the channel in Salome Cove is marked by buoys into one-way traffic lanes.

The Tonto Creek arm of Roosevelt Lake is closed from November 5 - February 15 to protect wildlife.

Cholla Boating Site and Indian Point Recreation Site are handicap accessible. Picnic areas can be found at Indian Point Recreation Site, Windy Hill and Grapevine Group Campground.

For lake level information, call Salt River Project at 602-236-5929.

Water Features
  • Boat Ramp
  • Toilets
  • Stocked Fish
  • Picnic Areas
  • Fish Cleaning Station
  • Campground
  • Sewage Disposal
Water Activities
  • Boating
  • Fishing
  • Water Skiing
  • Wind Surfing
Water Services
  • Bait Shop
  • Boat Rentals
  • Convenience Store
  • Fuel Available
  • Motorboat Rentals
  • Rowboat Rentals
Basic Directions

To access Cholla Boating Site

    From Mesa
  • Take State Highway 87 north for 60 miles, until you reach State Highway 188.
  • Turn right onto Highway 199 and continue for 28 miles until you reach Cholla.
    From Claypool
  • Take State Highway 188 northwest for 29 miles, until you reach State Highway 88.
  • Stay on Highway 188 for 4 more miles until you reach Cholla.

To access Windy Hill Boating Site

    From Claypool
  • Take State Highway 188 northwest for 25 miles.
  • Turn right onto FR 82 and continue until you reach Windy Hill.
    From Mesa
  • Take State Highway 87 north for about 60 miles until you reach State Highway 188.
  • Turn right onto State Highway 188 and remain on it for 33 miles, after which you'll reach a junction with State Route 88. Continue on 188 for 4 more miles.
  • Turn left onto FR 82 and continue to Windy Hill.

To access Indian Point Recreation Site

    From Mesa
  • Take State Highway 87 north for about 60 miles.
  • Turn right onto State Highway 188 and continue for 23 miles.
  • Turn left onto FR 60 and continue across Tonto Creek for 2 miles.
  • Turn left onto FR 661 and continue to the site.

To access Grapevine Group Campground

    From Phoenix
  • Go east on Shea Boulevard to Highway 88.
  • Turn left onto Highway 88 and head north.
  • Turn right onto Highway 188 and continue for 40.5 miles.
  • Take a left onto FR 84 and continue to the campground.

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