Best lakes in Phoenix

Check out the top lakes in Phoenix, reviewed and ranked by the city’s locals
1. Tempe Town Lake
1. Tempe Town Lake
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100 local reviews
Tempe Town Lake, Tempe
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Nathan And Emmalee
During the day you can rent kayaks, stand up paddle boards, and pedal boats (both electric and non electric). …
Kate
The lake may be man-made, but it's older than you think. Early Hohokam settlers dammed the Salt River to…
Ruey
Tempe Town Lake is located in the heart of Tempe, running from west of McClintock Road to east of Priest Road…
1. Tempe Town Lake
1. Tempe Town Lake
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100 local reviews
Tempe Town Lake, Tempe
Nathan And Emmalee
Nathan And Emmalee
During the day you can rent kayaks, stand up paddle boards, and pedal boats (both electric and non electric). You will get an entirely new…
Kate
Kate
The lake may be man-made, but it's older than you think. Early Hohokam settlers dammed the Salt River to create intricate canals and a…
Ruey
Ruey
Tempe Town Lake is located in the heart of Tempe, running from west of McClintock Road to east of Priest Road between Rio Salado Parkway and…
2. Lake Pleasant
2. Lake Pleasant
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50 local reviews
Lake Pleasant
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Mary Ann
A large regional park with hiking trails, camping and house boating along with many other water activities on…
Linda
The closest place for any water activity is at Lake Pleasant, just 10 miles from the house. The park covers a…
Barbara
One of Arizona's most famous lakes. Arizona lakes are truly unique - surrounded by majestic Sonoran…
2. Lake Pleasant
2. Lake Pleasant
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50 local reviews
Lake Pleasant
Mary Ann
Mary Ann
A large regional park with hiking trails, camping and house boating along with many other water activities on the lake. Fishing,…
Linda
Linda
The closest place for any water activity is at Lake Pleasant, just 10 miles from the house. The park covers a total of over 23,000 acres (93…
Barbara
Barbara
One of Arizona's most famous lakes. Arizona lakes are truly unique - surrounded by majestic Sonoran landscapes. Enjoy a fun filled day of…
3. Saguaro Lake
3. Saguaro Lake
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49 local reviews
Saguaro Lake
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My Rental Advisor
Saguaro Lake, is one of the loveliest and most popular recreation sites in Tonto National Forest. The golden…
Victor
30 mins up the road is Saguaro Lake very scenic in the area is 4 peaks mountain region. Payson AZ is yet 60…
Wayne
Saguaro Lake is the fourth reservoir on the Salt River formed by the Stewart Mountain Dam in the U.S. state of…
3. Saguaro Lake
3. Saguaro Lake
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49 local reviews
Saguaro Lake
My Rental Advisor
My Rental Advisor
Saguaro Lake, is one of the loveliest and most popular recreation sites in Tonto National Forest. The golden cliffs and rugged shoreline of…
Victor
Victor
30 mins up the road is Saguaro Lake very scenic in the area is 4 peaks mountain region. Payson AZ is yet 60 mins up the road and right into…
Wayne
Wayne
Saguaro Lake is the fourth reservoir on the Salt River formed by the Stewart Mountain Dam in the U.S. state of Arizona. The lake is off…
4. Tempe Beach Park
4. Tempe Beach Park
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73 local reviews
80 W Rio Salado Pkwy, Tempe
Closed · Opens 6:00 AM
+1 480-350-5200
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Gerry
Enjoy an afternoon out around the beautiful Tempe Town Lake. Here you can have a picnic, take a leisurely bike…
Elvis
Enjoy an afternoon out around the beautiful Tempe Town Lake. Here you can have a picnic, take a leisurely bike…
Emma & Ron
Lake activities such as paddle boats in addition to biking and walking paths as well as grassy areas for…
4. Tempe Beach Park
4. Tempe Beach Park
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73 local reviews
80 W Rio Salado Pkwy, Tempe
Closed · Opens 6:00 AM
+1 480-350-5200
Gerry
Gerry
Enjoy an afternoon out around the beautiful Tempe Town Lake. Here you can have a picnic, take a leisurely bike ride (rent a bike at The…
Elvis
Elvis
Enjoy an afternoon out around the beautiful Tempe Town Lake. Here you can have a picnic, take a leisurely bike ride (rent a bike at The…
Emma & Ron
Emma & Ron
Lake activities such as paddle boats in addition to biking and walking paths as well as grassy areas for pic-nicking. There's horseback…
5. Bartlett Lake
5. Bartlett Lake
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28 local reviews
Bartlett Lake
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Ed
Because we have water!!! A huge lake full of fish if you desire to cast a rod out and test your luck and share…
Michele
A bit of a drive (30 miles), but the scenery is beautiful. You'll wind around the roadway until huge bluffs…
Lisa
The drive alone is fun. The road undulates its way the this local lake and marina. There a plenty of picnic…
5. Bartlett Lake
5. Bartlett Lake
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28 local reviews
Bartlett Lake
Ed
Ed
Because we have water!!! A huge lake full of fish if you desire to cast a rod out and test your luck and share you tales!! You can rent…
Michele
Michele
A bit of a drive (30 miles), but the scenery is beautiful. You'll wind around the roadway until huge bluffs and the lake comes into view…
Lisa
Lisa
The drive alone is fun. The road undulates its way the this local lake and marina. There a plenty of picnic tables and covered spaces for a…
6. Chaparral Park
6. Chaparral Park
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21 local reviews
5401 North Hayden Road, Scottsdale
Closed · Opens 6:00 AM
+1 480-312-2353
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Michelle
Diagonally across the street. Jogging Running Bike Riding Fishing Walking Roller Blading 10 acre lake for…
Sara
Walking trails, outdoor fitness, catch release fishing lake, tot lot playground, dog park to the north. The…
Ashley
The whole park makes a 1 mile lap, you can use the greenbelt from my house to get there. Along the way there…
6. Chaparral Park
6. Chaparral Park
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21 local reviews
5401 North Hayden Road, Scottsdale
Closed · Opens 6:00 AM
+1 480-312-2353
Michelle
Michelle
Diagonally across the street. Jogging Running Bike Riding Fishing Walking Roller Blading 10 acre lake for boating and fishing,complete with…
Sara
Sara
Walking trails, outdoor fitness, catch release fishing lake, tot lot playground, dog park to the north. The Scottsdale Xeriscape Garden at…
Ashley
Ashley
The whole park makes a 1 mile lap, you can use the greenbelt from my house to get there. Along the way there will be small lakes, birds,…
7. Tempe Center for the Arts
7. Tempe Center for the Arts
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35 local reviews
700 W. Rio Salado, Tempe
+1 480-350-2822
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Russ
The Center features a roof made of complex geometric folded plates. The roof is highly visible from the…
Janeen
So much going on at the TCA -- plays, concernts, and always a wonderful art display. On Wednesday's local…
Larry
The Tempe Center for the Arts is one of the coolest venues in AZ. It's the perfect place to catch a concert or…
7. Tempe Center for the Arts
7. Tempe Center for the Arts
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35 local reviews
700 W. Rio Salado, Tempe
+1 480-350-2822
Russ
Russ
The Center features a roof made of complex geometric folded plates. The roof is highly visible from the surrounding freeways and the…
Janeen
Janeen
So much going on at the TCA -- plays, concernts, and always a wonderful art display. On Wednesday's local artists provide a free open mic…
Larry
Larry
The Tempe Center for the Arts is one of the coolest venues in AZ. It's the perfect place to catch a concert or view an exhibit collection…
8. Canyon Lake
8. Canyon Lake
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27 local reviews
Canyon Lake
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Karen & Brian
This is a great easy and beautiful day trip. It is also the the prettiest lake within the Phoenix metro area…
James
One of the salt river lakes, Canyon lake is in Tonto National Forest. The drive is about 1 hour and the last…
Elaine
Stunning drive to get there and stunning views of the canyon that the reservoir sits in. Great place to swim,…
8. Canyon Lake
8. Canyon Lake
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27 local reviews
Canyon Lake
Karen & Brian
Karen & Brian
This is a great easy and beautiful day trip. It is also the the prettiest lake within the Phoenix metro area with it's high sheer stone…
James
James
One of the salt river lakes, Canyon lake is in Tonto National Forest. The drive is about 1 hour and the last 30 minutes are a twisting road…
Elaine
Elaine
Stunning drive to get there and stunning views of the canyon that the reservoir sits in. Great place to swim, boat, jet ski and kayak. Jet…
9. Pier 54
9. Pier 54
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20 local reviews
5394 S Lakeshore Dr, Tempe
Closed · Opens 11:30 AM
+1 480-820-0660
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Lisa
Pier 54 is a outdoor patio-restaurant bar that offers , beside a great food selection , a unique view over the…
Christina
On the Lake! Beautiful views, especially at sunset. Serve food and drinks, live music Friday & Saturday…
Karen
Great burgers, spotty service--but who cares? It's a few steps from the house and right on The Lakes!
9. Pier 54
9. Pier 54
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20 local reviews
5394 S Lakeshore Dr, Tempe
Closed · Opens 11:30 AM
+1 480-820-0660
Lisa
Lisa
Pier 54 is a outdoor patio-restaurant bar that offers , beside a great food selection , a unique view over the lake and a relaxed atmosphere…
Christina
Christina
On the Lake! Beautiful views, especially at sunset. Serve food and drinks, live music Friday & Saturday nights.
Karen
Karen
Great burgers, spotty service--but who cares? It's a few steps from the house and right on The Lakes!
10. Kiwanis Park
10. Kiwanis Park
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16 local reviews
Kiwanis Park, Tempe
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Paul + Amy
Kiwanis Park Lake - Tempe's largest public park and recreation center with large wave pool, tennis,…
Christina
...A lake, sand volleyball courts and an indoor wave pool...What is Kiwanis Park?!! You can rent paddle…
Rosemarie
This park is absolutely gorgeous and it includes playgrounds, fields, a recreation center, and a large lake.
10. Kiwanis Park
10. Kiwanis Park
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16 local reviews
Kiwanis Park, Tempe
Paul + Amy
Paul + Amy
Kiwanis Park Lake - Tempe's largest public park and recreation center with large wave pool, tennis, basketball, soccer fields, lake (paddle…
Christina
Christina
...A lake, sand volleyball courts and an indoor wave pool...What is Kiwanis Park?!! You can rent paddle boats, fish, run, play and swim…
Rosemarie
Rosemarie
This park is absolutely gorgeous and it includes playgrounds, fields, a recreation center, and a large lake.
11. Eldorado Park
11. Eldorado Park
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17 local reviews
2311 N Miller Rd, Scottsdale
+1 480-312-2483
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Ann & Lars
Outdoor sanctuary offering fishing lakes, a pool & fields for sports such as softball, soccer and basketball…
Wendy
REALLY great park! You can skate, watch (or play) a ball game, feed the ducks, BBQ at a huge ramada by a lake,…
Rob
Wonderful park, skate park, disc golf, sports fields and biking/walking paths. Small lakes, and ramadas for…
11. Eldorado Park
11. Eldorado Park
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17 local reviews
2311 N Miller Rd, Scottsdale
+1 480-312-2483
Ann & Lars
Ann & Lars
Outdoor sanctuary offering fishing lakes, a pool & fields for sports such as softball, soccer and basketball . There is a playground and…
Wendy
Wendy
REALLY great park! You can skate, watch (or play) a ball game, feed the ducks, BBQ at a huge ramada by a lake, or just stroll around and…
Rob
Rob
Wonderful park, skate park, disc golf, sports fields and biking/walking paths. Small lakes, and ramadas for family functions.
12. Chaparral Dog Park
12. Chaparral Dog Park
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13 local reviews
5401 North Hayden Road, Scottsdale
Closed · Opens 6:00 AM
+1 480-312-2353
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Susan
This is a great place to go for a walk, jog or biking. The trails in this park starts in north Scottsdale and…
Cameron
Running trails, playgrounds, shady trees, soccer fields, baseball diamonds, a dog park, and a lake stocked…
Barbara
Beautiful park with lakes, tons of walking and open grass area, plus a hidden garden!
12. Chaparral Dog Park
12. Chaparral Dog Park
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13 local reviews
5401 North Hayden Road, Scottsdale
Closed · Opens 6:00 AM
+1 480-312-2353
Susan
Susan
This is a great place to go for a walk, jog or biking. The trails in this park starts in north Scottsdale and goes all the way to Tempe Town…
Cameron
Cameron
Running trails, playgrounds, shady trees, soccer fields, baseball diamonds, a dog park, and a lake stocked with fish
Barbara
Barbara
Beautiful park with lakes, tons of walking and open grass area, plus a hidden garden!