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5 Lakes You Need To Visit While In Arizona

Lake Havasu

  • Location. Lake Havasu is located in western Arizona.
  • Water quality. This lake’s water quality is rated as fair, with higher than average levels of aquatic plant growth and lower than average levels of pH and dissolved oxygen throughout the year.
  • Activities on the lake. You can find many boating-related activities at Lake Havasu, including wakeboarding, waterskiing, tubing, sport fishing and more! The lake is also one of the most popular spots for houseboating in North America!
  • Camping. There are several campgrounds around the lake that have different amenities such as picnic areas, beaches or docks for your boat.

Lake Mead

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Lake Mead is the largest reservoir in the US and located in the Colorado River Basin, which makes it a popular destination for water sports and recreation. It was created by the Hoover Dam in 1935, resulting in what was then the largest man-made lake in the world. A visit to Lake Mead offers plenty of opportunities to enjoy its beauty—such as hiking, swimming and boating—but you’re also conveniently close to Las Vegas if you want to get a little city time in too.

The lake itself is beautiful, with clear waters that are perfect for swimming or boating on a hot day. The surrounding desert landscape provides for stunning photo opportunities if you enjoy getting an artsy shot or two while adventuring. For serious hikers, there are plenty of trails around the lake that will provide everything from easy strolls along well-groomed paths to challenging hikes through rugged terrain.

Lake Mohave

Lake Mohave is a body of water that’s part of the Colorado River, located in Arizona. It’s also one of the most beautiful places I’ve ever seen, and it was my first taste of the Southwest.

Once you have a lay of the land, here are some tips for enjoying yourself:

  • Be aware that there aren’t a lot of services or opportunities around Lake Mohave. Here are some items you’ll want to bring with you:
  • Towel (to dry off your feet)
  • Sunscreen (to protect your skin)
  • Hat (for protection from wind and sun)
  • sunglasses (for protection from sun)
  • Snacks/water (make sure to bring something to eat and drink)
  • Camera (this is an amazing way to capture the beauty, but be careful because these people have no regard for personal space!)

Lake Pleasant

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Set aside a day to check out Lake Pleasant Regional Park, one of the area’s most popular recreation spots. The lake is home to bass, crappie, and sunfish and the 10,000-acre reservoir is also a popular destination for watercraft, fishing and camping.

Located about 30 miles north of downtown Phoenix on State Route 74 (Carefree Highway), Lake Pleasant Regional Park offers numerous activities for the entire family. The park features two launch ramps that can accommodate boats with engines up to 200 horsepower. There are also picnic areas, hiking trails and nature trails throughout the park.

The surface area of Lake Pleasant covers 10 square miles (26 square kilometers) when full at capacity and its shoreline extends 87 miles (140 kilometers). Water levels at Lake Pleasant vary based on demand by local communities in Maricopa County as well as by agriculture operations in the region. Plan your visit during a time when water levels are high if you want to enjoy optimal conditions for recreational activities such as boating or fishing.

Canyon Lake

Located in the Tonto National Forest and formed by the Canyon Dam, this lake is an ideal place for recreation. From April through October, you can enjoy swimming, fishing, boating, or camping. You can also hike or bike along the trails if you’re looking for a more active adventure!

Whether you’re looking for a serene day trip or are having trouble deciding on a place to vacation with your family this summer, Canyon Lake is the perfect destination.

There are many lakes in Arizona that you need to see.

I’m going to share the top 5 lakes you need to visit while you’re in Arizona. They are Lake Havasu, Lake Mead, Lake Mohave, Lake Mohave and Lake Pleasant. You will have a great time at any one of these lakes. I’ll go over what each of them have to offer so you can decide which one is right for you!

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