Roper Lake State Park

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Coordinates: 32°45′21″N 109°42′17″W / 32.75583°N 109.70472°W / 32.75583; -109.70472
Roper Lake State Park
Arizona State Park
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Roper Lake
view northeast–Gila Mountains at Safford
Country United States
State Arizona
Region Madrean Sky Islands,
Pinaleño Mountains
County Graham
Location Safford
 - elevation 3,130 ft (954 m)
 - coordinates 32°45′21″N 109°42′17″W / 32.75583°N 109.70472°W / 32.75583; -109.70472
Area 338 acres (137 ha)
Founded 1972
Management Arizona State Parks
Roper Lake State Park in Arizona
Roper Lake
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Location Graham County, Arizona, United States
Coordinates 32°45′21″N 109°42′17″W / 32.75583°N 109.70472°W / 32.75583; -109.70472
Type reservoir
Primary inflows hot spring
Basin countries United States
Surface area 32 acres (13 ha)
Average depth 20 ft (6.1 m)
Surface elevation 3,000 ft (910 m)

Roper Lake State Park is a state park of Arizona, surrounding 32-acre (130,000 m2) Roper Lake. The park is located off U.S. Route 191, 5 miles (8.0 km) south of Safford, at the Gila River and Valley.

The land for the park, formerly a ranch, was purchased by the state in 1972 in order to construct a reservoir.

Roper Lake State Park includes a boat ramp, a natural stone hot tub, a beach for swimming, a picnic area, a campground, and cabins. The lake is stocked with bass and trout, and boats are limited to small electric motors. Hiking trails are available, and the park is an excellent place for birdwatching. This scenic park in southeast Arizona is in a beautiful location surrounded by the sky island Pinaleño Mountains range, including Mount Graham.

In another part of the park is Dankworth Pond, located about 3 miles (4.8 km) south. This 15-acre (61,000 m2) pond also offers fishing, a picnic area, and hiking trails.

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