Cruising on Saguaro Lake

Saguaro Lake is a few miles northeast of Mesa, AZ. and is one in a chain of four man-made lakes created in the early to mid 20th century for flood control, hydro-electric power and to provide the Phoenix valley with fresh water.  With a surface area of 1264-acres, an average depth of 90-feet, 22-miles of shoreline and a length of over 10-miles, Saguaro Lake was completed in 1930 and was the last of the four reservoirs created along the Salt River.  The lake is home to a number of sport fish including Rainbow Trout, Large and Small Mouth Bass and Walleye. 

There is a marina at the western end of the lake and numerous recreation areas scattered along the shore.  The marina features a restaurant, boat rentals and slips and a tour boat, The Desert Belle.  We were unaware of the tour boat's existence until we arrived at the marina for lunch one day.  Just as we finished lunch the Desert Belle was pulling back into dock and preparing for the second and last cruise of the day.  Cruises average 90-minutes and cost $20, less for seniors and kids.  The boat also has evening cruises.  Below are a selection of photos of the marina, the boat and the lake.


Saguaro Lake Marina


Marina Restaurant


The Desert Belle

The 'Four Peaks"


The peaks are 20-miles distant


Ship Wreck Rock