Water was one of the most important reasons that the Tonto National Forest was established: watershed protection. Since then, the Salt and Verde rivers have had six dams constructed. While the dammed water is of great value for irrigating fields and for domestic use, it is also very popular with thousands of people who recreate in its waters every year.
Water recreation ranges from the simple to the sophisticated. Some activities require highly mechanized equipment, while other popular activities only require a swimming suit. Whatever your preferences, the Tonto National Forest has plenty to offer when it comes to water recreation.
There are also commercial partners who provide a variety of water-based recreation opportunities.
At a Glance
Tonto Daily Pass required: $6.00 per vehicle, per day; $4.00 per watercraft, per day; OR Interagency Pass WITH Tonto Annual Upgrade Decal.
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