Roosevelt Lake Arizona

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Fishing At Roosevelt Lake Arizona.

Roosevelt Lake, or Theodore Roosevelt Lake is one of the biggest bodies of water in the state. It is also famous for producing some of the biggest catches in the state, Its not unusual to see a 10 lb plus size largemouth and a 25 lb plus Flat Head Catfish come out of the lake. Roosevelt lake impounds the Salt River making it the first in a chain of four Lakes; Roosevelt, Apache, Canyon and Saguaro.


Roosevelt Lake Fishing Report

"News flash. A Tucson angler name Erik Mitchell caught a 14-pound largemouth bass at Roosevelt Lake -- it was officially weighed by Game and Fish staff in Tucson. The toad was 27.5 inches long and was caught in 15 feet of water (probably staging for the spawn). I wouldn't be surprised to see Rosy produce a new state record this year." Rory's tips from The Arizona Game and Fish

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Directions to Roosevelt Lake Arizona

You can take the historic Apache Trail 41.5 mi from Mesa for a scenic drive down Hwy 88 all the way to the dam at Roosevelt Lake. Hwy 88 is not that rough, you do not need a 4 wheel drive truck to take it although parts are not paved so avoid it during bad weather. It' s definitely worth the drive with steep cliffs and desert terrain as you pass by Canyon and Apache Lake. An alternative route is to take the 87 north out of phoenix to the 188 south along the horse of Roosevelt that will eventually intersect with the 60 to take you back to Phoenix. This route is all Paved and takes you almost to the pines of Pason back down the the old mining town of Miami.

Information for Roosevelt Lake Arizona
Consumption Advisory Yes there is a alert for Roosevelt Lake. To view the alert read this Game and Fish report.
Restrictions/Season of Use fishing and boating and are open year-round at Roosevelt Lake Except where posted “Closed to Entry” on the Tonto Creek arm of the lake from November 5 to February 15 for wildlife protection
GPS N 46.81246 and W -93.93775
Land Ownership Tonto National Forest
Tournament this week No
Elevation The elevation at Roosevelt Lake is 2200 ft feet,Desert/ sonoran
Max Surface Acers Roosevelt Lake has 20,000 feet of surface acers and 27 miles of shoreline
Spawning Season spring
River lake Impounds Roosevelt Lake is filled from the Salt River
Water Temp Roosevelt Lake is a warm body or water.
Average Depth The average depth for Roosevelt Lake is 100 ft
Road Condition The roads to Roosevelt Lake are paved all the way to the main launching area. There are alternated routes to the north of the lake that turn into dirt if you want to just launch off the shore.
Fly Fishing You can fly fish at Roosevelt Lake but there are no trout.
Bait Fishing You can bait fish at Roosevelt Lake but Chumming is prohibited.
Access Fee Roosevelt Lake's Fee is the Tonto Pass. You can order one from us here or buy one from a licenses vendors in person.
Tonto Pass Yes the Tonto Pass is required for Roosevelt Lake
Bag Limit 6 bass, no more than 1 bass between 13 and 16 inches may be kept
Boats to Rent There are boat rentals at Roosevelt Lake.
Licenses for Sale Yes There are licenses for sale at Roosevelt Lake
Swimming You can swim all you want at Roosevelt Lake unless otherwise posted near objects "marinas"
Camping Yes there are plenty of campsites at Roosevelt Lake with hookups
Drinking Water Yes at the marina and some campsites
Barrier free Access Yes there are lots of spots were you can drive down right to the shore at Roosevelt Lake
Restrooms Yes there are restrooms at Roosevelt Lake.
Trailer Spaces Yes
Electricity Yes
Boat & Engine Restrictions There are no motor restrictions at Roosevelt Lake
Launching Area Every couple of mile along the lake is a launching area
Water Skiing Yes
Cleaning Stations ?
Phone Number for Water Level currently Roosevelt lakes water level is 99% full. Check the Game and Fish site at this link or SRP
Marinas Roosevelt lake Marina (928) 467-2245
Ranger Station Tonto Basin Ranger Station HC02 Box 4800 Roosevelt, AZ 85545 (928)-467-3200
Ranger District Tonto Basin Ranger District (928) 467-3200
Comments: If you find any of the about information to have been updated or wrong, let us know. Email or just post the correction in the forum below. Thank You.


Bait Shops and Fishing Tackle Stores near Roosevelt Lake Arizona


Roosevelt lake Marina Butcher Hook
Roosevelt Marina: (928) 467-2245  Butcher Hook Restaurant and General Store  928-479-2226 


Bars and Restaurants near Roosevelt Lake Arizona

Butcher Hook Shack In Back Cave, The  
Butcher Hook Restaurant and General Store  928-479-2226  6811 E Cave Creek Rd Cave Creek, AZ 85331 Map (480) 488-9118 Carefree, AZ 85377 (480) 219-7865  

Lodging near Roosevelt Lake Arizona


Roosevelt Lake Resort Tonto Basin Inn Pumpkin Center Lodge  

 Roosevelt, AZ 85545 (928) 467-2276

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Tonto Basin Inn Mile Post 260 Highway 188 View map above for location

PO BOX 555 Tonto Basin, AZ 85553 



Last Updated on Friday, 29 June 2012 00:21


# Autumn 2015-04-08 19:49
If we are careful can we use fireworks on the lake?
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# Nancy McKenzie 2013-10-12 12:24
Is there camping at the lake? How do I make reservations?
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# KEITH 2013-01-06 19:17
WHAT is length of lake?
What is "average" width?
I am trying to compare it to Lake Washington in Seattle Wa, just to get an idea of how big it is.
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# Tom 2012-04-09 22:32
I headed out to Rosy on April 4-6 and tried to do some small mouth, largemouth and crappie fishing. I launched windy hill boat ramp and fished for the bronzebacks for about an hour and didn't get a bite. I started throwing some shallow divers at the shore and picked up a couple largemouth bass. There in full spawn now at Roosevelt. White and green baits seem to work for me. I read mostly positive things about the lake in the fishing report.
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# HookedAZ 2010-10-16 22:13
This is a cool video from Rosy with some yellow bass.
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