Cholla Bay Day Shoreline Area


Cholla Bay


Located along the shoreline of central Arizona’s largest lake. The setting is in the Upper Sonoran Desert. Vegetation includes mesquite, cat-claw, desert broom, and cholla and saguaro cacti. This site provides a spectacular view of the Sierra Ancha Mountains.

At a Glance

Open Season: November 15 - February 14-Annually
Restrictions: Stay limit 14 days, closed during high lake level, pack it in pack it out, internal roads are unpaved, size of site varies greatly; lake levels determine size of availability. Rules and regulations are posted on bulletin boards. Please read and observe. This area is prone to flash floods. Camp out of flood areas and watch the weather carefully.
Closest Towns: Roosevelt and Punkin Center
Water: Not Available
Restroom: Portable Toilets
Passes: Tonto Daily Pass  or Tonto Discovery Pass are required. America the Beautiful Passes are accepted at the Picnicking Sites.
Information Center: Tonto Basin Ranger District (602) 225-5395

General Information


This site is 5 miles north of  Theodore Roosevelt Dam. From Mesa: Take State Hwy. 87/Beeline Highway north for approximately 60 miles to its junction with State Hwy. 188. Turn right onto State Hwy. 188 and continue south for 27 miles to the site.

From Globe: Take State Hwy. 188 north for 30 miles to the junction of State Hwy. 88 and State Hwy. 188. Continue on State Hwy. 188 across the bridge for 5 miles to the site. Click Here For Map.

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Camping & Cabins

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Campground Camping

There are no designated campsites at this shoreline area but camping along the shore is allowed. High water levels will limit the amount of available shoreline in this area. Current lake level information can be found on SRP's Daily Water Report website.


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2,100 feet