Arizona, Just Add Water

May 28, 2019

PHOENIX – Arizona is heating up, and so is water recreation throughout the state! Make a splash at your favorite lake or river and coast through summer in style. Check out the top five destinations to visit when you need to beat the heat: A view over Roper Lake from the cabin at the beach at sunset, with porch swing, picnic table, grill and tree.

  1. Roper Lake State Park: Southern Arizona’s gorgeous desert landscape meets rolling hills and endless water recreation adventures at Roper Lake. Crank the a/c in a camping cabin or dip your toes in the water to stay cool! Catch some bass or catfish in the shallows, or take a boat out and relax on the water while you cast your line.
  2. Buckskin Mountain State Park: The Colorado River has never been so laid back! At Buckskin Mountain, combine a love for hiking with a quick cool-off in the water. Grassy shores and sandy beaches make for easy access to the water, so you can spend your summer how you like it: fishing, swimming, floating, or boating!
  3. Cattail Cove State Park: Pack your flip flops and your swim trunks – Cattail Cove’s white sand beach is just what you need to leave your worries behind. Plan your beach day for the Colorado River, kicking back in the sand and strolling along the water. You can enjoy all the spoils of Lake Havasu State Park on a smaller scale at this relaxing beach getaway just down the river!
  4. Lyman Lake State Park: The high desert has never been so much fun! Enjoy breezy days and sunshine from your campsite or cabin this summer at Lyman Lake. In Arizona’s northeastern region, you can still experience the awesome desert views without the desert heat! The bass, catfish, and walleye are swimming, and there are no restrictions on boat size, so hit the water and wakeboard, waterski, or jet ski to your heart’s content! You can also hang out in the no-wake zone with your non-motorized watercraft.
  5. Fool Hollow Lake Recreation Area: Find your getaway among the trees at Fool Hollow Lake, where you can hike along the shore and spot graceful northern wildlife, then head into the water! Fishing, swimming, and kayaking are all available at Fool Hollow Lake, with scenery that gives you the sense that you’re far from the bustle of the city (but with all the conveniences of home).

No matter what direction you’re headed, you can find adventure and relaxation alike waiting in your Arizona State Parks – just add water!


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