Many 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 beautiful Sonoran Desert.
At a Glance
Daily from 7:45. to 4:30 p.m. (Closed: Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day and New Year's Day)
January - December
Stay limit 1 day, trailers under 32', Most coves and all recreation sites are “No Wake” areas. Please use a portable potty or boat head and properly dispose of waste, pack it in pack it out. Lake levels fluctuate seasonally according to precipitation and irrigation demands. Gila County Sheriff’s Office, Arizona Game and Fish Department, and USDA Forest Service enforce lake regulations. Rules and regulations are posted on bulletin board. Please read and observe.
Globe, AZ; Tonto Basin, AZ; Punkin Center, AZ
The Roosevelt Lake Visitor Center opened on November 5, 1994. The rear opatio presents a spectacular view of the lake. Inside are exhibits, videos and information sheets on all the activities and attractions around the lake.
From Mesa: Take State Hwy. 87 (Beeline Highway) north for about 60 miles to the junction of State Hwy 188. Turn right and follow State Hwy. 188 for 26 miles to the lake. (at mile-marker 242.8)
From Globe area: Take State Hwy. 188 northwest 27 miles to the lake. (at mile-marker 242.8)
Lake and Pond Fishing
Birds: Canda geese, bald eagles, osprey, gulls, grebes, cardinals, cactus wrens, and hummingbirds.
Wildlife: mule, white-tail deer, javelina, coyote, mountain lions and bobcat.