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16802 N.E. Highway 88, Tortilla Flat, AZ
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Reviewed 4 days ago

I am never disappointed here. Kayaking, taking the Dolly boat, just sitting and looking at the water and the waterfowl, the light on the cliffs, the clouds. Wonderful!

Date of experience: March 2019
Thank Lee L
Reviewed 1 week ago

Stopped at an overlook for Canyon Lake. It is scenic beauty that nature has given us. As a result of seeing a small section of Canyon Lake, I found a steamboat that gives you a 1 1/2 hour narrated tour. It is called the Dolly...More

Date of experience: March 2019
Thank Stan K
Reviewed 1 week ago

Very nice lake, but not much privacy or isolation from the wakes of the bigger boats. Generally a place you want to visit at least once and at most once, HOWEVER if really cool natural wildlife is your thing I've seen more Bighorn sheep here...More

Date of experience: March 2019
Thank Len U
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Beautiful scenery. Even saw some Big Horn sheep. Great fun for the family. We took the tour on the Dolly Steamboat.

Date of experience: March 2019
Thank Debbie H
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This beautiful lake was built as one of four reservoirs along the Salt River to serve as a water supply for Phoenix. You pass it when you drive the Apache Trail.

Date of experience: April 2018
Thank Janet F
Reviewed 5 weeks ago

We did the Dolly Steamboat tour and decided this was a place to come fish and camp. The by boat access only camp area with bbq pit, shelter, dock, and bathrooms is a must go to place on my list. Crappie, perch, and bass are...More

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank Tess R
Reviewed 14 February 2019

Great trip on Dolly Steamboat with friends from Canada. Book ahead so you won’t be disappointed. Staff were friendly and gave a great talk all along the trip

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank tedandrita
Reviewed 28 January 2019 via mobile

Beautiful lake. Such gorgeous scenery! Wonderful birds & wildlife. We thoroughly enjoyed the visit. What more could you ask for.... a beautiful lake in the middle of the desert. Opportunity to take a guided tour if you wish. Great place to take the entire family...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank DianneM996
Reviewed 20 January 2019

Canyon Lake is nestled between red rock walls. Boating and fishing are permitted, or just hanging out along the short and enjoying the natural beauty of this desert area. It makes for a nice stop on your way to Tortilla Flat.

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank OutdoorKidz
Reviewed 14 January 2019

It is a worthwhile experience whether you walk around the edge or take a trip on the steamboat. The natural landscape is awe inspiring and amazing. It is a man-made lake constructed in 1925. I have been there with friend a few times and even...More

Date of experience: January 2019
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27 April 2018|
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Response from Arnold B | Reviewed this property |
Yes it is. There is a marina with docks and a boat launch. There is also some shore line but don't know if you have to pay to use the shore line or if it is for free public use.
1 April 2018|
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Response from Lisa P | Reviewed this property |
NO - don't take the chance and just show up! That is what we did and we almost did not make it on! They only had 5 tickets left and I was lucky enough to get two. All the other people had reservations.
Daniela S
15 January 2018|
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Response from InezR988 | Reviewed this property |
Yes. We beached our kayaks near a picnic site to have our lunch and use the restrooms. Easy to get back in :)