Day Trips Within an Hour of Scottsdale: Local Waterways

Posted by Kevin Kelly on Thursday, December 24th, 2015 at 7:32pm.

Whether you’re moving to Cave Creek, Paradise Valley or elsewhere in North Scottsdale, you’ll be glad to know that there are several nearby waterways where you can splash in the sun – and the best part is that they’re all within an hour’s drive from the center of Scottsdale.

The Salt River

Peaceful and tranquil… That’s how people describe the Lower Salt River, which is about 30 miles east of Scottsdale. Rafting, tubing and kayaking are extremely popular on the calm waters of the Lower Salt River, as are canoeing and fishing.

The Upper Salt River is a different story. That’s where you’ll get your adrenaline fix; it’s perfect for white water rafting on Class III and Class IV rapids, including the popular Maytag, Overboard and Mescal Falls areas.

The Verde River

The Verde River joins forces with the Salt River, and near the confluence of the two you’ll find a hotspot for fishing, kayaking and rafting. It’s also a great place to go birding – you’ll see plenty of local waterfowl and other birds in this peaceful area. You can access the river through the Tonto National Forest, and it’s a little over 30 miles outside of Scottsdale.

Saguaro Lake

Created by the Stewart Mountain Dam, Saguaro Lake is only around 30 miles northeast of Scottsdale. With more than 22 miles of shoreline and the ability to powerboat, waterski, sail and jet ski – or kayak and fish, if that’s more your style – Saguaro Lake is the ideal place to spend the day. You can even rent fishing boats and pontoon boats at the marina while you’re there.

Bartlett Lake

Like its competitors, Bartlett Lake is located deep within the Tonto National Forest. It’s about 45 minutes north of Scottsdale, and when you visit, you’ll find a full-service marina where you can rent a pontoon or ski boat. Waterskiing and jetskiing are permitted on Bartlett Lake, and many people also choose to fish its richly populated waters.

Lake Pleasant

One of the largest lakes in the area, Lake Pleasant is about an hour outside of Scottsdale. This scenic water feature has more than 50 miles of shoreline, and the water spans just over 10,000 acres. Whether you want to set up a houseboat or just visit for a day, this fish-stocked lake is the ideal place to be if you’re interested in parasailing, waterskiing or jetskiing.

Canyon Lake

Also just an hour outside of Scottsdale, Canyon Lake has breathtaking red-rock canyon walls on each side. Boating, water skiing, jet skiing and fishing are all popular pastimes in this beautiful lake. In addition to water-based fun, there are hiking trails around the shorelines.

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