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Description - 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.

Location - 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.


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Number of People Encountered: 50+ ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Highly
Report: ROOSEVELT LAKE HAS ALWAYS BEEN A FAVORITE OF MINE. WOULD NOT RECOMMEND IF YOU DO NOT HAVE A BOAT. THE MARINA HOWEVER DOES RENT BOATS. SINCE THE WATER LEVEL HAS BECOME SO HIGH, THERE ISN'T MUCH SHORELINE CAMPING, YOU PRETTY MUCH HAVE TO USE THE CAMPGROUNDS. IF YOU DON'T GET THERE ON THURSDAY, GOOD LUCK FINDING A GOOD SPOT CLOSE TO THE WATER. IT CAN BE A PRETTY LONG WALK/HIKE TO THE WATER IF YOU GET ONE OF THE BACK CAMPING SPOTS. ALSO, IF YOU WANT TO LEAVE YOUR BOAT IN THE WATER INSTEAD OF TAKING IT IN & OUT EVERYDAY, IT CAN BE HARD TO FIND A SPOT & YOU WILL BE OUT OF VISIBILITY OF YOUR BOAT. FOR THOSE OF US WHO HAVE MOTORHOMES, IT IS VERY HARD TO PUT THE BOAT IN & OUT EVERYDAY, YOU GET CAMP SET UP & THINGS PULLED OUT AND THEN IT'S HARD TO MOVE THE MOTORHOME UNTIL YOU ARE READY TO PACK UP AND LEAVE. SOME PEOPLE SAY TO BRING AN EXTRA VEHICLE TO LAUNCH THE BOAT IN AND OUT WITH, BUT WITH THE COST OF GAS PRICES WHO WANTS TO BRING TWO VEHICLES TO THE LAKE? IT IS STILL A NICE LAKE TO WATERSKI & FISH ON. IT'S VERY LARGE. SOME OF THE OTHER LAKES ARE SO MUCH SMALLER THEY GET VERY CONGESTED.

Filed By: Christine
Number of People Encountered: 50+ ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Not Recommended
Report: The most frustrating part about visiting Roosevelt reservoir was not being able to find a nice beach. The lake seems to be mostly for people with boats which was very disappointing. The "beaches" that are there are rocky, dirty, crowded with RV's and boats and there is no shade anywhere. I have read reports of nice beaches on-line but am wondering whether they are only accessible by boat. There was only one place open where it was possible to grab some food. it didn't look that nice.

Filed By: Valerie Putney (Tucson, AZ)
Number of People Encountered: 11-25 ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Highly
Report: Roosevelt is the best lake in Arizona. Would highly recommend it for a day trip or a week. The people are friendly and the lake is beatiful. It is our family's favorite weekend get away. See ya at the Lake!


More Information

Contact Information:
Tonto National Forest, 2324 E Mcdowell Road , Phoenix, AZ, 85006, Phone: 602-225-5200

Additional Information:
Arizona High Country - The Arizona High Country includes the mountains of east-central Arizona, from Payson east to the New Mexico border. It features the White Mountains, Lyman Lake State Park, portions of the Apache-Sitgreaves National Forest.
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.

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