What you need to know.LAKE OVERVIEW

Travel

Hard
60 miles from Downtown Phoenix. Narrow, cliff-side dirt roads.

Parking

Medium
Street parking and small parking lots scattered along the shoreline.

Costs

Inexpensive
As part of the Tonto National Forest, you must get a pass ($8) in advance.

Popularity

Medium
Difficulty of access via dirt roads tends to curb over-crowding.

Open Hours

Year-Round
Open year round. But must purchase pass from a Tonto Pass retailer.

Water Sports

Views, views, views.
Waterskiing, jetskiing, sailing, and everything in-between.

Camping

Options Galore
Take your choice from shoreline campgrounds, or secluded desert ones.

Additional Activities

For Nature Lovers
Just off the Apache Trail, Canyon Lakes has incredible views and history.

Ready to go waterskiing at Canyon Lake?

The following vendor offers the boat and gear rentals you need to get on the water.