Canyon Lake

The Lake

Canyon Lake is quickly becoming our favorite weekend getaway! The Lake and all of its surrounding areas are an undeniably ideal outdoor destination for locals and visitors to the Phoenix area. From Phoenix, ScottsdaleMesaTempeChandler and other valley city’s Canyon Lake is just close enough that you can make the lake visit an afternoon getaway, a day trip or a weekend of camping, boating and fishing but also far enough to make it feel like an adventure! The drive through the mountains alone is an experience you will always remember.

With a variety of species fishing is good year round. Canyon offers largemouth bass, walleye, yellow bass, rainbow trout, crappie and channel catfish. The full-service marina includes a campground, a restaurant, boat rentals, two boat ramps and even boat repairs and everyone treats each other like family.


Two miles down the road from the marina is the Tortilla Flat Campground. It is open from October through April and includes over seventy camping spots with sewage and water hookups. By water you can  travel three miles up the lake to the Point Campground. This campground is open year round at no charge but is limited to three spaces, so arriving early could be critical if you want to camp there.

Day Use

Canyon Lake has a few day use sites, the Acacia Picnic Site, the Palo Verde Recreation Site and the Boulder Creek Recreation Site. Each site has picnic areas and restroom facilities, perfect for a picnic at the lake! All the sites are available at no charge, just make sure to bring your Tonto Pass

The Dolly

The Dolly Steamboat is a great way to experience Canyon Lake. You are able to kickback and tour around the lake as your captain narrates the legends, lore and the mysteries that lie in the Superstition Mountains. Choose from several cruises including sunset, lunch and dinner cruises.

And So Much More

  • Kayaking
  • Paddle Boarding
  • Photography
  • Hiking

I can go on and on but would rather you just go see for yourself!