Dip into desert lakes

Even in dry times, Arizona has plenty of water to play in

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51 miles east of Phoenix.

  • Canyon Lake Marina. Choose from kayaks, fishing and ski boats, and more. Boat rentals from $10 per hour. www.precisionmarine.biz or 480/986-0969.
  • Dolly Steamboat tours. 12 and 2 daily; $16. www.dollysteamboat.com or 480/827-9144.
  • Lakeside Restaurant & Cantina. $$; lunch daily, breakfast and dinner Sat-Sun. 480/288-8290.
  • Tortilla Flat. $; breakfast, lunch, and early dinner daily. Two miles east of Canyon Lake on State 88; 480/984-1776.

65 miles east of Phoenix.

  • Apache Lake Marina and Resort. At the marina, choose between fishing and pontoon boats to rent (open daily; rentals from $10 per hour). The accommodations are motel-style and basic (from $65; two-night minimum on weekends and holidays); get burgers and sandwiches at the restaurant ($; breakfast, lunch, and dinner daily). 928/467-2511.

80 miles east of Phoenix.

  • Roosevelt Lake Visitor Center. Museum details natural history and dam construction. 7:45-4:30 daily; free. Milepost 243, State 188; 928/467-3200.
  • Roosevelt Lake Marina. Rent fishing, pontoon, or ski boats. Rentals from $20 per hour (reservations required Mon-Thu). Milepost 243, State 188; www.azmarinas.com or 928/467-2245.

41 miles east of Phoenix.

  • Saguaro Lake Marina. Choose from fishing, pontoon, and ski boats. Rentals from $15 per hour. www.precisionmarine.biz or 480/986-0969.
  • Desert Belle Paddleboat Tours. 12:30 and 2:30 daily in Apr, 5 p.m. Sat-Sun May-Sep; $13. www.saguarolake.net or 480/984-2425.
  • Lakeshore Restaurant.$$; breakfast and lunch daily, dinner Wed-Sun. 480/984-5311.


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