Canyon Lake lies between Saguaro Lake on the west and Apache Lake on the east. This beautiful lake is less than an hour from Phoenix, and sits at an elevation of approximately 1,660 feet. Sunrise and sunsets are spectacular, painting the canyon walls in vivid color.
Canyon Lake Marina offers tent and RV camping, a day use area and slips for boat camping.
A trip up the lake by boat is necessary to fully appreciate the beauty of the Lake, surrounding terrain, and multitude of wildlife that lives along the lake shores. Take a ride on the steamboat, rent a boat, or bring your own boat (see "resources" below). The view is breathtaking. Take your camera and binoculars. An abundance of wildlife can be seen along the shores from the Dolly Steamboat (see photos below). Remember that summer months can
be very hot. Fall through spring is the best time of year to see the lake by day.
The Dolly Steamboat cruises include day cruises, a twilight dinner cruise, and a dinner - astronomy cruise. Visit dollysteamboat.com for current information on cruises.
Take a tent or RV to the Canyon Lake Marina if you wish to stay in the campground. The marina also provides a day use area. See "Resources" below.
Precision Marine rents out several types of boats, including: pontoons, runabout, fishing boat, Kayak, and canoe. They operate at Canyon and Saguaro lakes (see "Resources" below.
We have enjoyed the lake via the Dolly Steamboat on each of our several visits. All photos on this page were taken during that cruise.