Saguaro Lake was formed by the Stewart Mountain Dam, which was completed in 1930. It was the last of the reservoirs to be built on the Salt River.
The lake is named for the Saguaro Cactus, which stand majestically in the surrounding desert landscape. Saguaro Lake has more than 22 miles of shoreline, creating a great environment for boating, kayaking, sailing, skiing, jet skiing, fishing and camping.
The Saguaro del Norte Recreation site is near the dam and includes Saguaro Lake Marina, which includes a restaurant and boat concession, a Maricopa County Sheriff's aid station, picnic tables, restrooms and boat ramps. Butcher Jones Beach, which can be reached by a road a few miles north of Saguaro del Norte, features swimming, picnic and restroom facilities.
Food at the Shiprock Restaurant
The views at Shiprock restaurant at Saguaro Lake
Beautiful hike! Trail runs along the side of the lake. Has spectacular views. You can see a birds, boats, cacti, lizards a variety of wildlife sometimes wild horses drinking at the lake. Trail is any easy walk with a slow up climb.
Lake Saguaro is a beautiful sanctuary in the Phoenix area. There are picnic areas, boat launching facilities and a restaurant on site. You can take a nice narrated ride on the Desert Belle or you can rent a boat on your own. Try going during the week when it is less crowded.
The boat cruise was very nice . The crew was very friendly and had lots of great information. The restaurant had fabulous food at reasonable prices. Portions were large.