The Point Boat Dock, Campground and Picnic Area

Area Status: Open
This area is Open

The Point is located in the Mesa Ranger District and is mostly known for boat access only camping on Canyon Lake.  There are only three designated camp units at this site, but the camp units can also be used as picnic sites for day use. Boaters enjoy The Point during summer months along with fishermen because of the courtesy dock. No garbage collection.  Pack it in, Pack it out.  

At a Glance

Open Season: Year round
Restrictions: Stay limit 14 days, no trailers, this site is accessible only to boaters, the Point has the only toilet facility on the upper portion of the lake, glass containers are not allowed in Canyon Lake area. Care must be taken with boat fuels. Do Not Allow Any Leaks Into the Water!  No soaps/detergents are allowed in the lake water, boat sewage dump located at Canyon Lake Marina.
Closest Towns: Apache Junction & Canyon Lake Marina
Water: Not Available
Restroom: Composting toilets
Passes: Tonto Daily Pass and Watercraft sticker (for boats) or Tonto Discovery Pass are required. America the Beautiful Passes are accepted at picnicking sites only. Tonto Daily Passes and watercraft sticker may be purchased Pebble Beach, Saguaro Del Norte, Palo Verde, Phon D Sutton, or from a retail vendor.
Information Center: Mesa Ranger District (480)-610-3300

General Information


This site is 17 miles northeast of Apache Junction on Arizona State Hwy. 88, (historic “Apache Trail”). From Mesa, take US 60 to the Idaho Road exit. Go north on Idaho Road to State Hwy. 88 and turn right. After crossing the first bridge at the lake, watch for Palo Verde Recreation Site sign and turn left into site. The entire route to the lake is paved with narrow, sharp curves; traffic is heavy. The last 3 miles are by boat. View and download a map.

Recreation Map

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Camping & Cabins

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Campground Camping

Boat Access Only, courtesy dock, 3 camp units with table and grills

No. of Sites3
Reservation InfoFirst come, first serve, no reservations


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1,700 feet