Theodore Roosevelt Lake, Tonto National Forest, AZ, USA
As you head Northeast out of the East Valley to the surrounding foothills you come across a series of four lakes. The largest one of these is Roosevelt Lake, it also happens to be the largest lake completely in Arizona. Located in the Tonto Basin Valley it is surrounded by the rugged Sierra Ancha mountains to the east, and splits the superstitions from the Mazatlal mountians. The lake is fed by the small Tonto creek, which drains water from the rim area, and the Salt River from the white mountains.
Roosevelt lake has a great fishery that can be taken advantage of year round. The main draw here is the large mouth basswhich inhabit the many coves, but the size of some of the catfish that come out of the lake make them a close second. The other sport fish found in the lake are, smallmouth bass and crappie. For the angler with a large engine fishing boat Lake Roosevelt is really the place to get the horses out and run with plenty of surface acreage and miles of shoreline.
For the adventurer looking to camp, Roosevelt Lake has numerous camp grounds found the length of the lake. The star of these is the Cholla Campground, which features hot showers and flush toliets. These ammenities come curtiousy of solar panels which power the whole 206 site campground. each site has a ramada for shade with table and fire ring/grill. The weather for camping here is typically good from late October, well into May. If you do camp in the summer the lake is always nearby to take a cool dip in.
One of the other attractions near Roosevelt lake is Tonto National Monument. Located on the south west end of the lake, this is one of the best preserved cliff dwellings in the southwest. The visitor center is open year round and has all the information about the cliff dwellings needed. If you like indian ruins and have not visited this national monument put it on the list.