Saguaro Del Norte Day Use & Motorized Boat Launch

Area Status: Open

Backing boat into water

This area is a wonderful example of the Sonoran Desert habitat along a desert lake. Saguaro Del Norte allows for all types of outdoor activities close to the major cities in Arizona. Users can camp, picnic, fish, hike and use both motorized and non-motorized boats at Saguaro Del Norte. Families enjoy staying here all day as an easy escape from the hot summer heat. During the cooler months, the Saguaro Vista Interpretative Trail is a must-do.

At a Glance

Operational Hours: Day Use Only
  • Stay limit 1 day.
  • Only boat trailers under 28'
  • Glass containers are not allowed in Saguaro Lake area. 
On most weekends and holidays, April through October, Saguaro Lake reaches its maximum boating capacity early in the day and additional boats are not allowed in.
  • Be prepared for delays in boat access during summer weekends.
  • Many of the Valley's radio stations carry advisories concerning crowding conditions.
  • Come early in the day during the summer.
Closest Towns: Mesa, Saguaro Lake Marina
Water: Not Available
Restroom: Vault toilets, the restroom facilities at Ramps #1 and #2 are wheelchair accessible.
Passes: The links below provide additional information on pricing and purchasing information.
Information Center: Mesa Ranger District (480) 610-3300

General Information


This site is 31 miles northeast of Mesa. From Mesa, travel 27 miles north on State Hwy. 87 to Bush Highway/Forest Road (FR) 204 and turn right. Follow Bush Highway for 4 miles to FR 206 and turn left. Follow FR 206 to the site. The entire route is on a busy paved road. View and download a map.

Recreation Map

Map showing recreational areas. Map Information


Lake and Pond Fishing

Saguaro Lake Fish Species:  Rainbow Trout; Largemouth, Smallmouth and Yellow Bass; Crappie; Sunfish; Channel Catfish; Walleye; Tilapia; Yellow Perch

Fishing Mode pier/dock, boat
Fishing Platform pier/dock
Accessible Platform pier/dock


38 picnic units with tables and grills, ramadas, sheriff's aid station
No. of Sites 38

Boating - Motorized

Saguaro Lake
Launch Ramps 2 paved boat ramps both with 2 lanes each

Boating - Non-Motorized

Saguaro Lake
Launch Ramps 2 paved boat ramps both with 2 lanes each
Type of Craft Raft


Recreation Areas

Recreation Activities


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1,500 feet