It goes without saying that the single best place to go SUPing in the state of Arizona is definitely Lake Havasu. Sure, it is also the most crowded place to get in your paddling, but most SUPers will still pick it as their top choice in the state. But what if you don’t want to go there, or what if you just want a little change of scenery? Well, we’ve found five other great spots for you to check out in Arizona. You won’t be disappointed with these locations.
There are tremendous amenities and accommodations at the Bartlett Lake Marina. It’s a recreational area that can be enjoyed in numerous ways. For this reason, we’ve put the location on our list of great places in Arizona to go paddle boarding. Bartlett lake is found in the heart of Tonto National Forest and is surrounded by beautiful, lush scenery. The location is great for the entire family as well.
This offers a wonderful getaway should you be looking for a little time alone and in the middle of the lake as the remaining family enjoy the forest and park in whole. The ball is in your court. If you see it fit for an entire family event with “everyone” using their own paddle broads, then this is still the right place. Bartlett Lake Marina has a boating dock with rental options to facilitate large groups or you alone.
Of the bodies of water listed here, Lake Powell is one of the largest. The 2,000 miles of natural shoreline contours the lake’s entire length of 186 miles. It attracts visitors from all over and can be used as a great vacation destination. Why not take a paddle board with you for a vacation like no other?
You can find natural sights and views of sandstone rock formations and massive collections of them. Glen Canyon Grand Recreational Area is precisely where Lake Powell is located, and this creates wonderfully surprising scenery unlikely to be found in any other areas. In simple terms, the lake is boarder by cliffs up to 300 feet high. You’ll be paddling right in the canyon itself.
Imagine sandy beaches, rock cliffs, blue water and sheer clarity throughout a lake embracing the boarders of Nevada and California. This is the vivid imagery of Lake Mohave. Its pleasant humidity makes it a welcoming destination for the paddle board enthusiast. This is a great destination if you’re looking for a more secluded adventure where paths crossed with others are rare.
The rugged outdoorsman with a love to paddle is perfect for this location. It will take some ingenuity to access the park and recreational areas. Vehicle access is not for the faint in heart. But if you enjoy paddling while also on an adventurous trip hiking, camping and doing numerous other outdoor activities, then this lake is for you.
Lake Pleasant Regional Park is home to Lake Pleasant. The lake can be found in Morristown, Arizona. It offers a number of activities, so if you’re with the family or a diverse group, consider the options you have while enjoying a day paddle boarding. At Lake Pleasant, friends and family can enjoy archery, a hike for luscious flowers and great fishing.
You may be inclined to do some fishing yourself while resting safely on your vessel. As you cruise, be sure to share your space with kayakers, and keep an eye out to maintain the flow of traffic. The park is immensely popular for its blooming, rare flowers. You’ll be able to get a view of them where no one else can.
Martinez Lake can be found roughly 60 miles from Yuma, Arizona and to the north. It lies in the southwestern part of Arizona with a size of 500 acres and is very close to Colorado. This lake appears on our list because of the potential interest our paddle boarders might have in the sport of fishing.
With the proper license, your board can transport you anywhere on this lake. There is a healthy population of fish to consider from tilapia, green sunfish, carp, bull frogs, crappie, smallmouth and largemouth bass.
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