There are several beautiful lakes in the Mesa area that allow motorized water sports. The most popular are along the Salt River and include Saguaro, Canyon, Apache and Roosevelt Lakes.
The most popular lake of the Salt River Project is Saguaro Lake. Held back by the Stewart Mountain Dam, Saguaro is a scenic body of water with towering red and yellow cliff walls, and the closest to Phoenix at 41 miles. The lake is 10 miles in length with 22.2 miles of shoreline.
Canyon Lake is the smallest of the Salt River Projects lakes. The lake is 45 miles east of Phoenix and a popular spot for swimming and boating. It has a designated swimming site and a pair of boating ramps. The three recreation sites at the lake -- Acacia Picnic Site, the Palo Verde Recreation Site and the Boulder Creek Recreation Site -- are open year round and available at no charge.
The Horse Mesa Dam is a concrete thin arch dam located Northeast of Phoenix, Arizona. The dam is 660 feet (200 m) long, 300 feet (91 m) high and was built between 1924-27. The dam includes a 32 megawatt (MW) hydroelectric generating unit. The dam forms Apache Lake as it slows the passage of the Salt River.
With more than 88 miles of shoreline, Roosevelt Lake is the largest body of water in central Arizona. In 1911, it was the largest man-made lake in the world. During winter months, the lake is alive with migratory foul, eagles and osprey. In summer, the lake is a popular destination for water play, watercraft, anglers, campers and picnicking.