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Apache Lake, Tortilla Flat

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#111 of 182 in Nature in Arizona
Water Body · Hidden Gem · Nature / Park
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Apache Lake is one of four reservoirs built along the Salt River in central Arizona as part of the Salt River Project.
The lake is located along the Apache Trail and about 16 miles east of Tortilla Flat, in Maricopa County, Arizona. It is about 65 miles (104 km) northeast of Phoenix.
Apache Lake is formed by Horse Mesa Dam impounded the Salt River, which was completed in 1927. The second largest of the four Salt River Project reservoirs, Apache Lake is located about 5 miles (8 km) downstream from Theodore Roosevelt Lake (the largest), and upstream from Canyon Lake and Saguaro Lake.
The surface area of the lake is 2568acre at full capacity and it can store 254138acre.ft of water.
Apache Lake is a popular recreation destination within the Tonto National Forest, which is the authority that manages the facilities located at the lake. The lake is located along the Apache Trail and a number of other hiking trails can be found in the area. Situated along Apache Lake is Apache Lake Marina and Resort, which offers visitors various amenities. The resort includes 3 motels, an RV park, a gas dock house, a restaurant and bar, wet and dry boat storage slips, and a general store. Apache Lake Marina and Resort is the only development along Apache Lake that offers motel rooms and campgrounds with full hook ups. Use our Tortilla Flat online trip itinerary maker to visit Apache Lake on your trip to Tortilla Flat, and learn what else travelers and our writers recommend seeing nearby.
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  • We've been to this lake many times but it is not (as of May 2020) open & not sure when/if it will ever be. 
    We've been to this lake many times but it is not (as of May 2020) open & not sure when/if it will ever be.  more »
  • Beautiful lake for kayaking with beautiful landscapes. There were very few boats on the lake while we were there making is great for kayaking. 
    Beautiful lake for kayaking with beautiful landscapes. There were very few boats on the lake while we were there making is great for kayaking.  more »

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