Due to low water levels, swimming is not allowed at this time. Please see our swimming page for more information.
The Roper Lake hot tub is permanently closed.
Due to the low water levels and potential health hazards of very little fresh water coming into the lake, the swim area at Roper Lake State Park will be closed until the levels rise.
Our water is dependent on a reservoir on Mount Graham that feeds a ditch system to Roper Lake and other surrounding farms and ranches. We are allotted only certain amounts of water during the year. Due to this long-standing drought, water levels are low everywhere in Arizona. During monsoon season and winter, we may get good rainfall that will melt into the reservoir on the mountains, which causes the lake levels to fluctuate.
Guests will still be allowed to use their kayaks, small boats and canoes. The use of floaties and swimming in other areas of the lake will be prohibited at this time. Paddle boards will be allowed as long as you stay on the board and you are not found swimming in the lake.
Please remember that this is for your protection. As mentioned above, with the lack of fresh water coming into the lake, it is not a safe environment for swimming.
Roper Lake State Park has a designated swimming area with a sandy beach on the west side of the day-use island. It is a great place to cool off separate from lake boating and fishing. Before you head into the water, here are some tips to help keep you safe:
- The water temperature can vary from temperate in the shallows to near-freezing in open water. Be aware of the water temperature before entering the water.
- In all situations, swimmers should exercise caution. There is no lifeguard on duty, so swimming is at your own risk.
- There is no swimming outside of the designated swimming area.