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Superstition Mountains Area, Arizona

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  • Butcher Jones Recreation Site.- Saguaro Lake
  • Butcher Jones Recreation Area is a popular fishing launch spot!- Saguaro Lake
  • Plenty of space to sunbath too.- Saguaro Lake
  • There are several picnic areas at Butcher Jones Recreation Area.- Saguaro Lake
  • Butcher Jones Recreation Area.- Saguaro Lake
  • Multiple vault restrooms. - Saguaro Lake
  • Saguaro Lake parking area looking back toward the Saguaro Lake Marina.- Saguaro Lake
  • Saguaro Lake.- Saguaro Lake
  • Restrooms and shaded picnic areas. - Saguaro Lake
  • Restrooms and shaded picnic areas. - Saguaro Lake
  • A beautiful winter day on Saguaro Lake.- Saguaro Lake
  • Although steep in some areas, you can walk a kayak down pretty much anywhere on the recreational side of the lake.- Saguaro Lake
  • Saguaro Lake flatwater paddle.- Saguaro Lake
  • Saguaro Lake flatwater paddle.- Saguaro Lake
  • Saguaro Lake Marina.- Saguaro Lake
  • If you forget your life jacket, they offer a few for children to borrow!- Saguaro Lake
  • Fishing docks line the north side of the lake.- Saguaro Lake
  • There are two major boat launches on the northeast side of the marina.- Saguaro Lake
  • Plenty of parking at the boat launch.- Saguaro Lake
  • Additional parking all along the road leading back toward North Bush Highway.- Saguaro Lake
  • Staircases make your trip from the extended parking areas back to your boat quick and easy.- Saguaro Lake
  • Aerial view of Saguaro Lake Marina.- Saguaro Lake
  • Saguaro Lake.- Saguaro Lake
Overview + Weather
Pros: 
Easy access. Open year round. Scenic views. Bird watching. Fishing.
Cons: 
Permit required.
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Region:
Superstition Mountains Area, AZ
Access: 
Vehicle
Congestion: 
High
Pets allowed: 
Yes, with restrictions
Site characteristics: Water: 
Lake
Motorized watercraft allowed: 
Yes
Year round: 
Yes
Parking Pass: 
National or state forest pass
Portage required: 
No
Preferable Season(s):
Spring, Summer, Fall
Put-in location (lat, long coordinates): 
33.573936, -111.537672
Shuttle required: 
No
Take-out location (lat, long coordinates): 
33.573936, -111.537672
Total Distance: 
1.98 mi (3.19 km)
Trail type: 
There-and-back
Typically multi-day: 
No
Water difficulty: 
Easy / Class A
Water temperature: 
65.00 °F (18.33 °C)
Current Local Weather:
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Paddle Description

Paddle Description

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Saguaro Lake is the first of a small chain of reservoirs formed by the Stewart Mountain Dam just northeast of Mesa, Arizona. Following Highway 88, also known as the Apache Trail, east along the Salt River, you can also easily access Canyon Lake, Apache Lake, and Theodore Roosevelt Lake as well.

Saguro Lake is known for its fishing, camping, kayaking, and motorized watercraft activities. In addition, the Saguaro Lake Marina hosts the Lakeshore Restaurant and a double deck sightseeing boat named Desert Belle.

The Bagley Flat Campground is located approximately 4 miles from the dam and is only accessible by boat. It has 10 camping spaces with picnic tables, grills, and the only toilet facility on the upper portion of the lake. Shore fishing is permitted (with an Arizona fishing license). The best fishing is done boat, though, and fish varities include largemouth and smallmouth Bass, yellow bass, bluegill, crappie, and rainbow trout to name a few.

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