Area Status: Open

Granite Reef Recreation Site

Granite Reef picnicking site is the closest site to Mesa. Because of its proximity to a major city, Granite Reef is very popular. Sitting next to the Lower Salt River, Granite Reef offers the ability to launch non-motorized boats along with shoreline fishing. This riparian area is outstanding for bird watching for warblers, shore birds and spring and fall migratory fowl. Fishermen use this area year-round.

At a Glance

Operational Hours: Day Use Only
Open Season: Year round
Restrictions: Stay limit 1 day, No trailers, no motor boats allowed, day use only. No glass containers. Pets must be on a leash.
Closest Towns: Mesa, Lower Salt River Recreation
Water: Not Available
Restroom: Vault toilets (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 located 14 miles northeast of Mesa. From Mesa, travel 7 miles east on the Superstition Freeway (US 60) to Power Road/Bush Highway/Forest Road (FR) 204 and turn north. Follow Bush Highway for 7 miles to the site. This is the first site next to the river coming from the west on Bush Highway. View and download a map.

Recreation Map

Map showing recreational areas. Map Information


River and Stream Fishing

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


12 picnic units with tables & grills
No. of Sites 12
No. of Accessible sites 12

Boating - Non-Motorized

Recreation Areas

Recreation Activities


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1,300 feet