Roosevelt Lake


Migratory waterfowl (including Canada geese) and raptors (including bald eagles and osprey) use the lake during the fall and winter. Small isolated islands and coves offer outstanding opportunities for camping and relaxing in the unique Sonoran Desert.

At a Glance

Current Conditions: The Grapevine and Schoolhouse Boat Ramps at Roosevelt Lake are currently closed due to low lake levels. 
Fees Tonto Daily pass required and campground fees apply. $6.00 per vehicle, per day; $4.00 per watercraft, per day
Open Season: January - December
Restrictions: Please use trash receptacles when available, If you PACK IT IN, PACK IT OUT!! Rules and regulations are posted. Please read and observe. Waters near developed sites and many coves are “No wake” areas. The channel to Salome Cove has a mid-channel lateral buoy-marking system in effect. Observe the one-way traffic lanes. Group events (including fishing tournaments) may require a permit. Contact the ranger station for information. Gila County Sheriff’s office, Arizona Game and Fish Department, and USDA Forest Service personnel enforce Lake regulations. CAUTION: Lake-levels fluctuate constantly. Rocks and other obstacles may be near the water surface. Be aware that motor boating involves a degree of risk, and persons engaging in this activity assume the associated risks. Rules and regulations are posted on bulletin boards. Please read and observe.
Closest Towns: Roosevelt and Tonto Basin

General Information


From Mesa: Take State Hwy. 87 (Beeline Highway) north for about 60 miles to the junction of State Hwy. Turn right and follow State Hwy. 188 for 26 miles to the lake. The entire route is paved.

From Globe area: Take State Hwy. 188 northwest 27 miles to the lake. The entire route is paved.



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Lake and Pond Fishing

Roosevelt Lake Fish Species:  Largemouth and Smallmouth Bass; Crappie; Sunfish; Channel and Flathead Catfish

Fish SpeciesSport fish present: Largemouth & Smallmouth Bass, Channel Catfish, Flathead Catfish, Bluegill, Crappie and carp Roosevelt Lake has few rivals in Arizona for producing trophy fish. Previous records for both Largemouth (14 lbs. 8 oz.) and Small mouth Bass (7 lbs. 4 oz.) are catches taken from this lake. Catfish weighing in excess of 60 lbs. have been caught here. Crappies weighting in excess of 1 pound are caught routinely.

Water Activities

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