Palo Verde Day Use and Motorized Boat Launch

Area Status: Open


Palo Verde is a boat launching site near the beautiful Canyon Lake. Palo Verde allows users to picnic, fish, and enjoy general boating activities in one of Arizona’s most scenic reservoirs. Recreationalists can enjoy the day around the water during a hot summer to cool off, photograph the gorgeous surrounding mountains, or try to catch some of our native Arizona fish at the water’s edge.

At a Glance

Operational Hours: Day Use Only
Open Season: Year round
  • Stay limit 1 day, only boat trailers under 28', glass containers are prohibited at Canyon Lake area.
  • No drinking water available.
  • On most weekends and holidays, April-October, Canyon Lake reaches its maximum boating capacity early in the day and no additional boats are allowed in. Be prepared for delays in boat access during summer weekends.  
  • Arrange for boat sanitation pump-out at Canyon Lake Marina (480) 944-6504.
Closest Towns: Apache Junction, Canyon Lake Marina
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 14 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 the Palo Verde sign and turn left into the site. The entire route is paved with narrow, sharp curves and traffic is heavy. View and download a map.

Recreation Map

Map showing recreational areas. Map Information


Lake and Pond Fishing

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

Fishing Mode boat
Accessible Platform Four accessible parking spaces are near the water.


8 picnic sites with tables
No. of Sites 8
No. of Accessible sites 8

Boating - Motorized

Canyon Lake, four accessible parking spaces are near the water, courtesy dock
Launch Ramps eight concrete lanes at boat ramp

Boating - Non-Motorized

Canyon Lake, four accessible parking spaces are near the water., courtesy dock
Launch Ramps eight concrete lanes at boat ramp

Recreation Areas

Recreation Activities


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1,700 feet