Butcher Jones Day Use Area
At Butcher Jones, Mesquite trees provide welcome natural shade to picnic units. Butcher Jones features a pleasant nature trail and a gently sloping beach which makes safe, gradual changes in depths adjacent to picnic area. This popular beach/picnic area is one of the most-visited sites on the Tonto National Forest. This lake is set in the magnificent Sonoran Desert where horses are frequently seen.
At a Glance
|Operational Hours:||Day Use Only|
|Open Season:||Year round|
|Restrictions:||Stay limit 1 day, no trailers, no motorized boats in the swimming area, glass containers are prohibited, pets must be on a leash, the picnic and beach area fill rapidly in the early spring and summer months. No OHV Access. Alternate OHV Access from Pobrecito.|
|Closest Towns:||Mesa, Saguaro Lake Marina|
|Restroom:||Vault toilets (Accessible)|
|Passes:|| The links below provide additional information on pricing and purchasing information.
|Information Center:||Mesa Ranger District (480) 610-3300|
This site is 31 miles northeast of Mesa. From Mesa, take State Hwy. 87 for 27 miles. Turn south (right) on Bush Highway/Forest Road (FR) 204 and travel 2 miles to FR 166, and then turn left. Follow FR 166 for 2 miles to the site.
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
There are 15 picnicking units with designated grills. There are no shade ramadas. Grills, tables, trash, and paths are on compacted dirt.
|No. of Sites||32|
Boating - Non-Motorized
There are no designated docks, ramps, or launch sites. Beach landing.