Many acres to explore
Bartlett Lake Marina has a boatable surface area of 2,815 acres – more than Canyon Lake and Saguaro Lake, combined. Fed by the pristine waters of the Verde River, Indians of this valley spoke descriptively in their legends of the river’s “sweet waters”.
Outdoor enthusiasts frequent Bartlett Lake for a variety of recreational opportunities, including shoreline camping in Arizona’s natural desert terrain. While in this part of the Tonto National Forest, visitors may see mule deer, bald eagles, javelina, coyotes, and many indigenous desert plants, including the majestic saguaro, mesquite trees, and blooming ocotillo.
Bartlett Lake is located only 48 miles from downtown Phoenix and 17 miles northeast of Carefree. The newly engineered, fully paved, scenic Bartlett Lake Road combined with the expanding Phoenix freeway system offers easy access from the entire Valley of the Sun. Tonto National Forest campgrounds provide easy access for campers, and safety features provided for a safe and enjoyable day of activities including hiking, boating, water skiing, fishing and much more.
Come to Bartlett Lake for a great vacation or weekend full of fun and relaxation! It offers the best of both worlds: gently sloping beaches on the west side and mountains that break the wind on the east.
Catfish are in the full winter mode and you need to use your favorite tricks to turn these fish into the attack mode. Live carp remains the key. Put the carp in duress by clipping their tail or scaling one side. It is very important to keep them alive. Flat Heads love live carp. By putting them in duress, they emanate a strong odor attacking fish from far away–once again==Patience !!!
Be safe out there. Water temps have dipped into the low 50’s–wear your life vests !!
The Desert Fox
NEW REGULATIONS ARE IN EFFECT TO HELP FIGHT SPREAD OF AQUATIC INVASIVE SPECIES. New state regulations to help prevent the spread of quagga mussels and zebra mussels went into effect in March 2010.
Bartlett Lake Marina strives to give its marina members and guests the comfort and convenience they have come to expect. Friendly, quality customer service is our priority. Bartlett Lake Marina offers everything you need to have a great day on the water.
Below are a few links that will provide information on Bartlett Lake and Salt River Project:
The Boatus Foundation’s Online Course is the Only Free Online Boating Safety Course Approved by the Arizona Game and Fish Department.
At this time, Arizona has no mandatory education requirements. However, it is recommended that all boaters take a boating safety course before operation.
The BoatUS Foundation’s Arizona Boating course consists of 6 lessons and a Final Exam. Each lesson has a 10-question quiz at the end to test your knowledge. The Final exam is 75 questions and you must pass with with a score of 80% or better to get your certificate.
*By taking the free online safety course you will receive a discount on your boat insurance.
Our state-of-the-art marina offers 20′, 30′, 35′ and 40′ uncovered slips. Covered slips are available from 30′, 35′ and 40′. Jet Ski Lifts and End Ties are also available. For more information, see our slips and storage page.
Yes! Bartlett Lake Marina maintains a fleet of 20′ pontoon boats for your recreational pleasure. See our boat rental page for more information.
Our 20′ pontoon boats seat up to 8 passengers in comfort. Amenities include covered awnings, ample storage and comfortable, cushioned seats.
Not at this time.
Yes, camping is allowed at Bartlett Lake, under the auspices of the Tonto National Forest. There are no designated campgrounds or hookups at this time. For more details, contact the Tonto National Forest at 602.225.5200.
Up to the hour weather information is posted on our home page. This information is provided by the National Weather Service.
For up to date information, visit the Salt River Project (SRP) website.
The water level of the lake is controlled by SRP. For more information, visit their website.
Bartlett Lake is fed by a 7,500 square mile watershed that begins just south of Flagstaff, goes east to Payson and the Mogollon Rim and west to near Prescott. The runoff goes into the Verde River, Oak Creek Canyon and the East Verde. The Verde then goes into Horseshoe Lake and is then transferred into Bartlett Lake.
When full Bartlett Lake covers 2,815 acres and holds nearly 180,000 acre feet of water. Of the lakes near the Phoenix area we are the second largest behind Lake Pleasant. We are 2.5 times larger than Saguaro (1,280 surface acres) and 3 times larger than Canyon (980 surface acres).
Absolutely! Bartlett Lake is considered by many to be the ideal lake in Arizona for these activities. Water-skis and wakeboards are available for rent in our marina store. Plus never a wait to get into Bartlett Lake!