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Saguaro Lake

Saguaro Lake, twenty minutes from Fountain Hills, is one of the loveliest and most popular recreation sites in Tonto National Forest. The golden cliffs and rugged shoreline of Saguaro Lake make a spectacular setting for outdoor activities.

One wonderfully relaxing way to enjoy the lake is a narrated tour aboard the Desert Belle Paddlewheel Riverboat. Bald eagles and desert mountain sheep are often spotted in secluded regions.

At the Lakeshore Restaurant, diners have splendid views from indoors or outdoors. Boat rentals can be arranged at Precision Marine, which also carries bait, tackle and marine supplies.

Boat ramps, fishing pavilions, swimming, picnic tables and restroom facilities are available at two locations. At Butcher Jones Beach, the Shoreline Trail links panoramic vantage points. Horseback riders also have spectacular views of the lake. Horseback riding, kayak and tube rentals are offered at Saguaro Lake Ranch, below the dam.

For fishermen, the lake is stocked with plenty of walleye, largemouth and yellow bass, rainbow and brown trout, bluegills, channel catfish and crappie.
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Desert Belle

Originally launched in 1964, the Desert Belle has been plowing the waters of Saguaro Lake for over forty years. Relax in air-conditioned comfort on one of her 90 minute narrated public cruises and see exotic Arizona wildlife, towering canyon walls, and dramatic desert vistas.

Private cruises are also available for an unforgettable wedding, birthday, anniversary, or office party. Whatever you choose, The Desert Belle is a unique way to enjoy all the beauty that Arizona has to offer.

This relaxing, narrated cruise is entertaining as well educational for nature lovers of all ages! Saguaro Lake is located within the Tonto National Forest, just 20 minutes from Mesa, Arizona.

Experience the magnificence of both desert beauty and natural wildlife of one of the Valley’s hidden treasures, spectacular Saguaro Lake. Witness the flora and fauna first-hand, as you navigate pristine Sonoran desert canyons. Watch birds of prey soaring high on desert thermals as you photograph breath-taking desert vistas. Learn more at www.desertbelle.com
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