Roosevelt Lake Visitors Center

Area Status: Open

Looking to discover the wonders of camping, hiking, boating, and more in an aquatic oasis amidst the Sonoran Desert? Stop by the Roosevelt Lake Visitor Center for area information, maps, passes, permits, and intriguing exhibits.  Both Roosevelt and Apache Lakes, as well as the surrounding desert and montane ecosystems, present a variety of wildlife and bird-watching opportunities. A selection of several hundred developed campsites, multiple shoreline areas, and small, isolated, islands and coves offer outstanding opportunities for camping and relaxing.

At a Glance

Operational Hours: Daily from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. (Closedall Federal Holidays)
Fees: No Fees
Open Season: Year-round
Restrictions: 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 boards. Please read and observe.
Closest Towns: Globe, AZ; Tonto Basin, AZ; Punkin Center, AZ
Water: Drinking Water
Information Center: The Roosevelt Lake Visitor Center opened on November 5, 1994. The rear patio presents a spectacular view of the lake. Inside are exhibits, videos and information on activities and attractions around the lake.

General Information


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)

View a map of the Roosevelt and Apache Lake Area


Parking, toilets, lobby, viewing patio, exhibit area, Movie Theater, and service counter.

Recreation Map

Map showing recreational areas. Map Information


Lake and Pond Fishing

Viewing Wildlife

Species Birds: Canda geese, bald eagles, osprey, gulls, grebes, cardinals, cactus wrens, and hummingbirds.

Wildlife:  mule, white-tail deer, javelina, coyote, mountain lions and bobcat.

Related Information

Recreation Areas

Recreation Activities


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2,200 feet