Water Activities

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All traffic pattern on the Tonto National Forest Reservoirs is counter-clockwise (your shoulder should be near the closest shore). Sailboats, canoes, and rowboats have the right-of-way over motorized boats. Many coves are “No Wake” areas, please recognize and obey all buoys. Motorized boats are NOT ALLOWED on the flowing portions of the rivers. Watch for rapids, submerged rocks and ‘strainers’ in the flowing portions of the rivers. NO GLASS containers are allowed on any Tonto National Forest reservoirs. Powerboat races are not allowed on any of the Tonto National Forest Reservoirs. Parasailing is allowed ONLY at Roosevelt Lake (some restrictions). Be weather wise: choppy waters can suddenly appear, as can lightning.  Following thunderstorms in the summer and snowmelt runoff in the spring, a considerable rise in water levels can occur. Alcohol and boats are a deadly combination, DUI laws apply to waterways as well as to roads.