Canyon Lake is one of four reservoirs that were formed by the damming of the salt river. Canyon lake is the third lake downstream on the Salt River Chain of Lakes. The Lake was formed by the Mormon Flat Dam which was completed in 1925. Canyon is the smallest lake of the 4 lakes in the Salt River Chain.
The lake is approximately 51 miles east of Phoenix Arizona, and is within the Superstition Wilderness of the Tonto National Forest. The winding and scenic drive through the tall rock canyons have several stop off points to take pictures. Canyon Lake also holds the Arizona State record Largemouth Bass at 16.7 lbs, which was caught in 1997.
Additional lake activities include jetski, sailboat, and kayak rentals. There is also tent or RV areas for overnight lodging at several campgrounds, which are close to beaches for day use swimming or wading.
Canyon Lake Info
Surface area 950 acres (380 ha)
Average Depth 130 ft (40 m)
Surface Elevation 1,660 ft (510 m)
|DEPARTURE/RETURN LOCATION||Tortilla Flat, Arizona|
|DEPARTURE TIME||Varies depending on trip booking. Meeting at boat ramp.|
|RETURN TIME||To be determined.|
|WEAR||Comfortable clothing, athletic shoes or flip flops, hat, jacket and sunscreen.|
24 hour cancellation notice prior to guide trip, otherwise $100 fee will occur.
|Location||Rio Verde, AZ|
|Age||No children under 11. Children 11-15 must be accompanied by an adult 18 or older.|