Saguaro Lake

Coordinates: 33°33′56″N 111°32′10″W / 33.5656°N 111.5361°W / 33.5656; -111.5361
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Saguaro Lake
during the Desert Rage Adventure Race 2005
Saguaro Lake is located in Arizona
Saguaro Lake
Saguaro Lake
LocationMaricopa County, Arizona,
United States
Coordinates33°33′56″N 111°32′10″W / 33.5656°N 111.5361°W / 33.5656; -111.5361
Lake typereservoir
Primary inflowsSalt River
Primary outflowsSalt River
Basin countriesUnited States
Managing agencySalt River Project
Surface area1,264 acres (512 ha)
Average depth90 ft (27 m)
Surface elevation1,506 ft (459 m)
WebsiteOfficial website

Saguaro Lake is the fourth reservoir on the Salt River, formed by the Stewart Mountain Dam in the U.S. state of Arizona. The lake is off State Route 87, about halfway between Phoenix and the ghost town of Sunflower. The dammed end of the lake is at 33°33′56″N 111°32′10″W / 33.5656°N 111.5361°W / 33.5656; -111.5361, at an elevation of 1,506 feet (459 m).

This lake is within the Tonto National Forest; the facilities are managed by that authority.[1]

A large fish kill was documented in the lake in 2017-2019, and 2022,due to golden algae from the poor management of the Salt river chain by the AZGFD. [2]

Saguaro Lake and marina. (2007)


Panoramic photo of Saguaro Lake
Lake Saguaro Hiking Trail
Aerial view of the lake and the Salt River

The lake is good for champion bass and carp fishing. Species that can be caught in the lake include:[1]


  1. ^ a b "Saguaro Lake". US Forest Service. USDA.
  2. ^ "Golden alga-caused fish kills confirmed at Saguaro, Canyon and Apache lakes". Archived from the original on 2022-08-19. Retrieved 2022-08-19.

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