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  • 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.
  • GPS:
    N 46.81246 and W -93.93775
    Phone Numbers for more information::
    Check the Game and Fish site
    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
    Road Conditions:
    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.
    Land Ownership:
    Tonto National Forest
    Ranger Station/District:
    Tonto Basin Ranger Station HC02 Box 4800 Roosevelt, AZ 85545 (928)-467-3200
    Entrance Fees/Permits:
    Roosevelt Lake's Fee is the Tonto Pass. You can order one from us here or buy one from a licenses vendors in person.
    2200 ft feet
    Max Surface Acres:
    Roosevelt Lake has 20,000 feet of surface acers and 27 miles of shoreline
    River Lake Impounds:
    Roosevelt Lake is filled from the Salt River
    Average Depth:
    100 ft
    Bag Limit:
    6 bass, no more than 1 bass between 13 and 16 inches may be kept
    Boat/Engine Restrictions:
    There are no motor restrictions at Roosevelt Lake
    Boats to Rent:
    You can swim all you want at Roosevelt Lake unless otherwise posted near objects "marinas"
    Yes there are plenty of campsites at Roosevelt Lake with hookups
    Barrier free Access:
    Yes there are lots of spots were you can drive down right to the shore at Roosevelt Lake
    Trailer Spaces:
    Launching Area:
    Every couple of mile along the lake is a launching area
    Water Skiing:
    Roosevelt lake Marina (928) 467-2245 www.rlmaz.com
  • 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.

Recent User Reports and Reviews

  1. HookedAZ
    "Fishing on Roosevelt reported to be good"
    Jan 16, 2017
    1/16/2017: he Salt River Project reports that Roosevelt Lake is 41 percent full. The flow of Tonto Creek into Roosevelt Lake is at 216 cubic feet per second, while normally its flow is 47 cfs. The National Weather Service has predicted a colder, wetter storm to pass over the Rim Country and points north and east starting Thursday then continuing through to Monday. “At this time, one to three inches of snow is forecast for Coconino County above 6,000 feet on Thursday night,” said NWS personnel.

    Dec. 22 report from Jim Goughnour of Rim Country Custom Rods:

    Rim Country anglers are talking about the winter storms passing through the area. Accumulations of rainfall of more than 2 inches in the past week will result in increased water flows into Rim streams and creeks. Ultimately much of that water will make its way down to Roosevelt Lake.

    The water level in Roosevelt Lake rose one percent and now stands at 36% full. The amount of water flowing into the lake from the Tonto Creek and Salt River is more than double the average flow rates for this time of year.

    Fishing on Roosevelt reported to be good. Fish are scattered and can be caught at several locations throughout the lake. Anglers reported using crank-baits, jerk-baits and spinner-baits in 5 to 15 foot depths. A deep drop-shot technique is successful at 10 to 20 foot depths on main lake points and spoons were reported successful in 30 foot and deeper depths. The hot spot for bass is at the ends of the lake where the water is entering the lake. Bait fish will instinctually move to flowing water and the bass will be in pursuit.

    The water temperature is 58 degrees and will drop further due to the recent storms. The water flowing into the lake is colder than in the water in the main portion of the lake. As the water temperature cools, fish metabolism will slow and they will retreat to deeper depths.

    Crappie fishing is excellent on Roosevelt Lake. Large schools of crappie are being located in 10-15 foot depths. An extremely slow trolling speed of less than 1 mph and a 1/8 oz. jig head with a curly tail grub is being reported successful. Shades of green, blue and silver, black and chartreuse are catching good numbers of crappie. If you're a novice crappie angler, just look for the boats fishing in one area. It's pretty easy to observe and replicate what experienced crappie anglers are doing.

    Have a great week of fishing and I hope to see you on the water.

User Comments

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  1. HookedAZ
    This is a cool video from Rosy with some yellow bass.

  2. KEITH
    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.
  3. Nancy McKenzie
    Is there camping at the lake? How do I make reservations?
  4. Autumn
    If we are careful can we use fireworks on the lake?