5140 East Ingram Street
Mesa, AZ 85205
- About 30 miles east of Phoenix
- 1,100 acres
- Max. Depth:
- 116 feet
- 1529 feet
- Year round
DescriptionSaguaro Lake, 41 miles from downtown Phoenix, is the Salt River Project lake closest to Phoenix. 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 includes 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 (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.
The Arizona Game and Fish Department stocks all of the SRP lakes with fish. There generally are good supplies of walleye, large mouth and yellow bass, rainbow and brown trout, bluegills, channel catfish, and crappie in Saguaro.
Camping is accessible by boat only.
Saguaro Lake is 10 miles long with 22 miles of shoreline.
Lake fees are $6.00 per vehicle, $4.00 per watercraft, per day. Golden Age/Golden Access passes get half off. Contact the Mesa Ranger District about permits.
From April to October, Saguaro Lake gets very crowded on holidays and weekends. Prepare for delays. Local radio stations often have advisories on crowd conditions. Take note that Saguaro Lake reaches capacity early on these days.
Motorized watercraft are not allowed on the bay in front of Saguaro del Norte and Butcher Jones. The lakes eastern end is closed to any wake.
Motors louder than 82 decibels are not allowed on the lake. The direction of travel on Saguaro Lake is counter-clockwise.
Saguaro Del Norte is handicap accessible. There is a picnic site and restrooms near the boating ramp.
Dogs are allowed
For information on Saguaro Lake water levels, call Salt River Project at 602-236-5929.
- Boat Ramp
- Swimming Beach
- Stocked Fish
- Fishing Pier
- Picnic Areas
- Sewage Disposal
- Water Skiing
- Boat Rentals
- Fuel Available
- Motorboat Rentals
- Rowboat Rentals