Horseshoe Lake, Arizona

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Horseshoe Lake
Location Maricopa / Yavapai counties, Arizona, United States
Coordinates 33°59′8.83″N 111°43′16.21″W / 33.9857861°N 111.7211694°W / 33.9857861; -111.7211694Coordinates: 33°59′8.83″N 111°43′16.21″W / 33.9857861°N 111.7211694°W / 33.9857861; -111.7211694
Type reservoir
Primary inflows Verde River
Primary outflows Verde River
Basin countries United States
Surface area 790 acres (320 ha)
Average depth 30 ft (9.1 m)
Surface elevation 2,200 ft (670 m)
The top of Horseshoe Reservoir looking north. December 2015.



Horseshoe Lake is a reservoir that was formed by the Horseshoe Dam on the Verde River in the U.S. state of Arizona. This lake is located inside the Tonto National Forest, as such the facilities located here are managed by that authority. Located upstream and north of Bartlett Lake, Horseshoe Lake is the first of the Salt River Project lakes to be very low when irrigation and domestic water requirements dictate. As a result, it can be virtually dry for long periods of time causing the boat ramp to be entirely out of the water.

To reach Horseshoe Lake, take Cave Creek road north out of Phoenix to Bartlett Dam road. About 10 miles before your reach Bartlett Lake take a left on Horseshoe Dam Rd. This road will be a washboard with a few pot holes and possibly a small stream to cross during the rainy seasons. This road will lead you right to the lake.

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