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Description - Apache Lake is long and narrow and is the second largest SRP lake. It is located off the Apache Trail (Highway 88) about 65 miles from Phoenix, and is a favorite with many sportsmen, particularly those from southern Arizona.

Attractions - The Apache Lake Marina and Resort is one mile from the main highway and features a motel, gas station, coffee shop, picnic supplies and a trailer park for 12 units. A boat ramp and dock are at the resort, and a county sheriff's aid station is nearby. The Three Bar Wildlife Area is just across the lake from the resort and provides a scenic spot for photographers. Seven miles northeast of the resort is the Burnt Corral Recreation Site with 17 spaces for trailers which are less than 17 feet long. The area is open all year and has boat launching facilities.

Recreation - Recreational activities include boating, fishing and camping.

Climate - Temperatures range from lows near 25 degrees F. in the months of December and January to highs that may exceed 115 degrees F. from July through September. Precipitation generally ranges from 2 to 8 inches per year.

Location - There are two ways of getting there: Take the Apache Trail for 18 miles from Apache Junction past Canyon Lake to Tortilla Flat. Another 15 miles, some of which is unpaved, brings you to your destination. Or, if you're coming from Globe, take Highway 88 northwest about 35 miles to Roosevelt Dam, then turn south along the Apache Trail (still Highway 88) about five miles to Apache Lake.

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Filed By: Jack Chuck (Phoenix, AZ)
Number of People Encountered: 0-10 ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Highly
Report: This is a cool lake for the fishing and just to take a boat out to. I go every year and take the quads. More pics here: http://www.hookedaz.com/Lakes-of-Arizona- A-Z/apache-lake-arizona.html

Filed By: Jack Penrod (Mesa, AZ)
Number of People Encountered: 25-50 ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Highly
Report: Wonderful day today. The wife, Sheila had a 4-5# Walleye all the way up to the boat. I need to teach that girl how to set a hook!!!!! I didn't know wether to laugh or cry when it shook loose, you should have seen her face. She can't wait to go back. By the way, it was directly across from main launch ramp, at dusk, jigging a worm in 20-25' of water. GOOD LUCK Jack

Filed By: Jack Penrod (Mesa, AZ)
Number of People Encountered: 25-50 ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Highly
Report: Many Yellow Bass around turtle Island, Walleyes slow but catchable at dusk. Smallies slow but should pick up with winter bite, try crawdads on reefs and along cliff walls.

Filed By: lmg (phoenix, az)
Number of People Encountered: 11-25 ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Neutral
Report: Great looking day, water 51.7 degrees. Threw everything at them - nada. We saw three smallies taken near marina off minnows. Otherwise, slow-slow-slow.

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Contact Information:
Tonto National Forest, 2324 E Mcdowell Road , Phoenix, AZ, 85006, Phone: 602-225-5200
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Additional Information:
Arizona Lakes and Reservoirs - The reservoirs and lakes in Arizona provide excellent water based recreational opportunities in this otherwise arid state. The water, combined with a typically warm climate makes the lakes and reservoirs very popular.
Phoenix Area - Known as the "Valley of the Sun," and covering over 400 square miles, the Phoenix metropolitan area lies southwest of the Mazatzal Mountains, near where the Verde and Salt Rivers meet.


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