- Once the largest man-made lake in the world, Roosevelt Lake is still the biggest of the six SRP lakes and offers the most recreation opportunities. When full, the lake covers more than 17,000 acres near the confluence of Tonto Creek and the Salt River. The Roosevelt Marina has a concession where you can rent boats, camp and fish. The Lakeview Trailer Park has 10 spaces available for RV parking. Also at the marina turnoff is the Tonto Basin Ranger Station. Further east down the highway is the Tonto National Monument and its cliff-dweller Indian ruins.
As you travel east you'll pass turnoff roads to the left that lead to the camping, boating and picnicking sites of Windy Hill, Grapevine Point and Schoolhouse Point. The Spring Creek Store, about a mile past the Schoolhouse Point turnoff, sells groceries, fishing tackle, hunting supplies and ice. Another mile farther is the turnoff to Roosevelt Lake Resort where you can find lodging, food and gasoline. If you cross the Roosevelt Bridge west to Highway 188 to Punkin Center, you will follow a paved highway that parallels the lakes shoreline. Six miles up the road is Bachelor's Cove, which offers picnicking, camping (trailers shorter than 16 feet only), fishing and boating. Past that is the Cholla Boating Site and campground. Following the road toward Punkin Center, you'll pass Bermuda Flats Recreation Site. This lake-bordering recreation site is popular even though it has limited facilities. However, it is closed by the Forest Service and Arizona Game and Fish Department from mid-November to mid-February each year for use as a refuge for geese. farther up Highway 188 is the Orange Peel Recreation Site.
Recreation - Recreational activities include swimming, camping, boating, fishing, picnicking and sight seeing.
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.
Visitors can reach the lake via the Apache Trail, 80 miles from Phoenix, or by a 20-mile drive over the paved Highway 88 from Globe. The lake also may be reached from the Beeline Highway (State Route 87) via State Route 188.