Boating and Watercraft Survey

People enjoy a boat ride along the Colorado River at Buckskin Mountain State ParkDid you know that Arizona State Parks and Trails is the lead agency responsible for statewide recreation planning in Arizona? That means that we help plan outdoor recreation throughout the state, not just in our parks. These plans include outdoor recreation on public and private lands that are managed by federal agencies, other state agencies, municipalities, non-profits, private businesses, and others. We can use the plans to distribute federal and state grant funds to help recreation dreams become reality! 

Every three years, Arizona State Parks and Trails collaborates with the Arizona Game and Fish Department to complete the Boating Watercraft Survey. This year, Arizona is focusing on the experiences of resident Arizona boaters while also attempting to get feedback from all boaters while they are visiting Arizona waterways in the summer of 2021.

How you can help:

Our goal is to find out how many boaters use Arizona's lakes and rivers in all counties, then measure that use for resource allocation and future planning. If you visit one of the parks or other popular waterways in Arizona, we want to hear from you. Take the survey for a chance to win some great prizes, and help us make outdoor water recreation even better for you! The survey closes September 30, 2021.

Everyone who completes the survey is entered to win more than 70 prizes worth more than $7,000! Prizes include:
  • American Express gift cards
  • Life jackets
  • Keep Nature Wild gift cards
  • Arizona State Parks and Trails premium annual pass
  • Arizona State Parks and Trails standard annual pass
  • Two-night stay in a cabin at Alamo Lake State Park
  • Day use pass for any Arizona state park

Take the Survey

How will results be used?

Once we have gathered the data, we'll know:

  • The amount, location, and type of watercraft being used in Arizona
  • Where the highest volume recreation areas are
  • Where more resources are needed to enhance visitor safety and fun
  • Whether COVID-19 had an impact on current and future boating activities
  • How information about invasive species that impact Arizona lakes and waterways is learned

The final report will be posted on the Arizona State Parks and Trails website before the end of 2021 and will help provide fun and safe experiences for all boaters, kayakers, paddle boarders, canoers - anyone who enjoys the water in Arizona!

Boating survey

Your feedback makes a difference!

Based on public feedback we already received, we've taken action on these areas to improve your outdoor recreation experience! 

  • Restroom projects since fiscal year 2016 – Lake Havasu, Roper Lake, Cattail Cove state parks
  • Upgraded water and electric in campsites at Buckskin Mountain State Park

  • Replaced fish cleaning stations at Alamo Lake and Lyman Lake state parks

  • Replaced concrete in the turn-around drive by the east boat ramp at Fool Hollow Lake Recreation Area

  • Completed necessary repairs to the east dock to make it usable at Fool Hollow Lake Recreation Area

  • Replaced docks with one in the middle of the ramp at Patagonia Lake State Park

  • Relocated boat house and replaced doors, floats and added a boat lift to the boat house at Patagonia Lake State Park

  • Repaired broken/burnt docks and removed a broken dock at Lake Havasu State Park


Outdoor Recreation Info Center
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23751 N. 23rd Ave. #190
Phoenix, AZ 85085

 (877) MY-PARKS

Mission Statement
"Managing and conserving Arizona's natural, cultural and recreational resources for the benefit of the people, both in our Parks and through our Partners."