Set Your Sights on the Water this Spring

March 2, 2023

PHOENIX –  Although Arizona is a desert state, it is far from lacking in the water recreation department. An abundance of lakes and rivers are scattered throughout the state and some of the best kayaking options are found within Arizona’s state parks! Take a look at the options, then plan a trip and discover the world of kayaking. 

Kayaking Arizona’s lakes and rivers is a great way to get some exercise while experiencing the area's beauty from a serene environment. Plus, kayaking is a great way to see the area’s birds and wildlife. Take some time to learn about safety and the benefits of kayaking, then plan a trip to a park and hit the water.


When traveling to the northern part of the state, Dead Horse Ranch State Park and Verde River Greenway State Natural Area make great stops. The Verde River winds through an Important Birding Area and showcases a diverse riparian area with tranquil areas as well as enough excitement to keep serious kayakers engaged. Heading further north gives you options near the White Mountains at both Fool Hollow Lake Recreation Area and Lyman Lake State Park, where visitors can enjoy higher elevation kayaking.


In southern Arizona, Patagonia Lake and Roper Lake state parks both offer amazing opportunities to enjoy the water. At Roper Lake, motorized watercraft are limited, so you can enjoy the full lake in a calm, natural setting. With a fully stocked lake, you can also try your luck fishing from your kayak.


Along the Colorado River in western Arizona, you can get out on the water from four state parks – Cattail Cove, Lake Havasu, Buckskin Mountain, and River Island. All will give you completely different experiences of the river, and you’ll definitely have an adventure you won’t forget. At Cattail Cove, the ranger station offers kayak rentals by the hour.


For tips and information about kayaking, please visit Try something new this spring and enjoy a new water-level perspective.



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