Apache Lake

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Globe, Arizona
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Apache Lake Globe Reviews

michellepowell michelle…
30 reviews
Jan 28, 2008
Apache Lake is in between Globe, Arizona and Phoenix, Arizona and is an excellent lake for jet skies and kayaking. This is due to the fact that there are two ways to Apache Lake and both include winding dirt roads. Therefore, this lake does not have as much boat traffic as some of the more accessible lakes. Also, Apache Lake is long and narrow which makes it less appealing for boats but, a great ride on jet skies.

Apache Lake is one of four artificial reservoirs created along the Salt River in central Arizona as part of the Salt River Project. The lake is located near the Apache Trail about 65 miles northeast of Phoenix. Apache Lake was formed by Horse Mesa Dam which was completed in 1927. The second largest of the four Salt River Project reservoirs, as a side note Theodore Roosevelt is the largest and we will get to it on another review. Apache Lake is located about five miles downstream from Theodore Roosevelt Lake and upstream from Canyon Lake and Saguaro Lake.

Apache Lake is a popular recreation destination within Tonto national Forest as it is located on the Apache Trail near a number of hiking trails. This area is abundant with Fauna including javelina, big horn sheep, eagles, deer and a host of other critters. As another side note you will be able to smell the javelina coming and should give them a wide birth they don’t play well with others. If hiking and critters aren’t your passion the lake also provides decent fishing with a selection of largemouth bass, smallmouth bass, crappie, catfish, and walleye. To save you a hefty fine these lakes are patrolled frequently so have your fishing license with you and know the quantity you can have of each fish as well as the size requirements. There are two locations set-up that rent jet skies one of which is at the marina. The jet skies will set you back a few pennies so bring extra cash or a credit card. There is an ATM at the store and marina with a $3.00 charge for the ATM fee.

When you are done for the day and just need that clean feeling the Apache Lake marina has private bath areas for a small fee. This is also a nice fact if you’re camping and like that squeaky clean feeling each morning. Which brings me to the accommodations; Apache Lake and the surrounding lakes and areas have abundant camping spots. With that being said there are usually burn restrictions in the late spring and summer. In December and January the lows get down to around 25 degrees on cold nights and it usually doesn’t get that low. During the summer months July through September it gets hot, temperatures may exceed 115 degrees. So if you are planning on camping keep that in mind, you need tons of ice and water and the private baths have cool water. There are some hotels in the area the most popular one being at Apache Lake Marina, it is small and expensive. However, after a long day at play in 115 degree weather the air conditioned rooms feel pretty damn good. During the summer months there is a two night minimum and the prices start at $90 and you will need to book ahead.

As for food you can bring it with you, there is a small store, or the Apache lake marina restaurant and conference center that serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner. The restaurant is opened year-around

This is a fun lake and a cheap weekend if you plan on camping. There are some pretty cool photography spots and tons of floras during the spring. The Three Bar Wildlife Area is just across the lake from the resort and provides a scenic spot for photographers.
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