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Best Arizona Lakes For Swimming

Best Arizona lakes for Swimming. There are some great swimming lakes in Arizona, and a nice handful are near Phoenix! Take the family out to explore this summer, and make some memories. And always research before you go, as closures, prices increases, or other changes can happen.

Best Arizona lakes for swimming. There are some great swimming lakes in Arizona, and a nice handful are near Phoenix! Take the family out to explore this summer, and make some memories. And always research before you go, as closures, prices increases, or other changes can happen.

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Near Phoenix

Lake Pleasant (Fireman’s Cove, Sunset Ridge) – $7/car, Paqua Park water obstacle course extra

Bartlett Lake (SB Cove) – $8/car

Canyon Lake – $8/car

Saguaro Lake (Butcher Jones) – $8/car

Apache Lake – $8/car

Roosevelt Lake – $8/car

Best Arizona Lakes For Swimming

Beyond Phoenix

*Lynx Lake – $5/car

*Granite Basin – $5/car

*Horsethief Basin Lake – no fee

*Mingus Lake – $5/car

* = while previously not swimmable, this has changed and are open to swimming according to their website

Fools Hollow lake – $7/car

Patagonia Lake – $15/car

Lyman Lake – $7/car

Roper Lake – $10/car

Alamo Lake – $7/car

Lake Powell (Wahweap Beach, Glen Canyon National Recreation Area) – $30/car

Lake Havasu (Rotary Community Park, London Bridge Beach) – free

Lake Havasu (state park) – $15/car

Our top must-haves for a lake day? Sunscreen and hats, lots of water and food, towels, sand toys, and floaties for nonswimmers. Extras we love are water shoes, camping chairs, plus a shade tent for breaks.

Also, the Salt River and Verde River are great places to cool off this summer! Other places we love is Badger Springs (seasonal), Water Wheel Falls, and Wet Beaver Creek.

Above: Swimming at Bartlett Lake

  • Chris Tingom

    Welcome to Phoenix With Kids, a place where we share the cool activities we do with our children around the state. I live in Phoenix with my wife Jana and our three kids. I design and build websites for select clients.

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