Arizona October 28, 2015
You’ll Never Forget A Trip To These 10 Waterfront Spots In Arizona
It seems everytime one of these water-related articles comes up, we always get comments from readers who were unaware that Arizona had so many lakes and rivers. Sure, Arizona isn’t particularly well-known for its plethora of water sources but, after diverting natural sources through damming and reservoirs, we actually have more than would be expected in a desert. If you’re looking for a scenic area to fish or just need inspiration for your next plein air activity, here are 10 waterfront spots you will not want to miss.
1. Canyon Lake
A reservoir located along the Salt River and just north of Tortilla Flat, Canyon Lake is open year-round and has amazing views for visitors day or night!
2. Colorado River
Has the Colorado River somehow managed to evade your vacation getaway plans? If so, add it to your next vacation list, the sooner the better! You will definitely want to do this before dormant
begin operating along the canyon again.
3. Fossil Creek
This increasingly popular location sees thousands of visitors each summer and it’s not difficult to see why. The creek and its waterfalls are inviting spots for cooling off from a hot summer in other areas of the state.
4. Grand Falls
Some days you may be lucky to find a trickle running over the rocks but everyone hopes to find Grand Falls in its flooding glory. Just be sure to exercise caution when visiting this area though! Flash floods can happen within a matter of minutes even on a sunny, cloudless day.
5. Havasu Falls
Visiting this picturesque waterfall deep within the Grand Canyon is a must-do for any Arizonan! The vivid pool colors come from the high concentration of calcium carbonate in the water.
6. Lake Mead
The largest reservoir in the US, Lake Mead is a popular boating destination. This also happens to be the place where I experienced sea sickness for the first time during a one-hour boat ride here. Hopefully, you have a more pleasant boating experience than I did!
7. Lake Powell
Lake Powell is the second-largest reservoir in the US and its initial creation was steeped in controversy in the late 1950s to early 1960s. Glen Canyon holds a vast amount of cultural, archaeological, and natural sites that are all now submerged in the reservoir’s depths. Today, Lake Powell is a popular tourist site for boating, fishing, and other water activities.
8. Oak Creek Canyon
You wouldn’t want to miss the ever popular Oak Creek, a stream which feeds into the Verde River. Summer tends to be the most popular (and most crowded) season but any time of year offers some beautiful sights. If you haven’t already, be sure to check it out!
9. Roosevelt Lake
Aside from the stunning mountain landscapes in the background, one of the more well-known sights here is the bridge across the lake. Before you visit, be sure to check out one of our previous articles to see what kind of visual difference you can spot on the dam.
10. Tempe Town Lake
A lot of people will joke this is not a real lake but we’re adding it to this list simply because it is labeled a lake. It has become a popular urban site for outdoor events, races, family activities, and many other events.
Which of these have you visited? We love reading your comments so let us know which waterfront location you look forward to spending the day at in the comments below!