Apache Lake (Arizona)

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Apache Lake
Apache Lake 02.jpg
Location Maricopa / Gila counties, Arizona
Coordinates 33°34′43″N 111°15′48″W / 33.57861°N 111.26333°W / 33.57861; -111.26333Coordinates: 33°34′43″N 111°15′48″W / 33.57861°N 111.26333°W / 33.57861; -111.26333
Type reservoir
Primary inflows Salt River
Primary outflows Salt River
Basin countries United States
Surface area 2,568 acres (1,039 ha)
Average depth 240 ft (73 m)
Water volume 254,138 acre·ft (313,475,000 m3)
Surface elevation 1,900 ft (580 m)
Settlements Tortilla Flat, Arizona

Apache Lake is one of four reservoirs built along the Salt River in central Arizona as part of the Salt River Project.

Geography[edit]

The lake is located near the Apache Trail and town of Tortilla Flat, in Gila County, Arizona. It is about 65 miles (104 km) northeast of Phoenix.

Apache Lake is formed by Horse Mesa Dam impounded the Salt River, which was completed in 1927. The second largest of the four Salt River Project reservoirs, Apache Lake is located about 5 miles (8 km) downstream from Theodore Roosevelt Lake (the largest), and upstream from Canyon Lake and Saguaro Lake.

The surface area of the lake is 2,568 acres (1,039 ha) at full capacity and it can store 254,138 acre·ft (313,475,000 m3) of water.

Boats on Apache Lake
Apache Lake Marina.

Recreation[edit]

Apache Lake is a popular recreation destination within the Tonto National Forest, which is the authority that manages the facilities located at the lake. The lake is located along the Apache Trail and a number of other hiking trails can be found in the area.

Many species of fish can be found in the lake, including largemouth, smallmouth and yellow bass, crappie, sunfish, both channel and flathead catfish, walleye and carp.

Tonto National Monument, with ancient cliff dwellings, is located 4 miles (6.4 km) south of the reservoir.

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