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Old 01-26-2011, 12:22 PM
 
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what are the swimming lakes like? How far are they from tempe? Which ones are the best? are there snakes in the salt river?

Oh and is the tap water safe to drink?
So excited....will be there in 4 days!!!
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Old 01-26-2011, 12:36 PM
 
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There are no "swimming lakes" in the immediate Phoenix area. The lakes to the northeast of the Valley would be closest, but I have never gone swimming in one and would think they are very COLD right now.

The tap water is certainly safe. If you are planning on tubing in the Salt River, I doubt you will encounter snakes. Even in the surrounding desert, snakes are hibernating right now.
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Old 01-26-2011, 12:51 PM
 
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I don't mean right now..when its warm enough what lakes do you go to?
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Old 01-26-2011, 02:20 PM
 
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I think few people to the lakes on the Salt for the main purpose of swimming, but rather boating, fishing, water skiing, jet skiing, etc. I'll let those who spend time at the lakes answer that, though.
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Old 01-26-2011, 02:50 PM
 
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I think few people to the lakes on the Salt for the main purpose of swimming, but rather boating, fishing, water skiing, jet skiing, etc. I'll let those who spend time at the lakes answer that, though.
Yes, few would go just for swimming. There is a swimming beach though (Butcher Jones), at Saguaro Lake which is about 1 hour from Tempe, maybe less. Next closest lake would be either Canyon (east) or Lake Pleasant (north). Other lakes fairly nearby are Apache, Roosevelt, and Bartlett. The Salt River is below Saguaro Lake and is popular (mobbed is more like it) for tubing in summer. Most people have pools or use community pools, apartment pools, the "Y" etc when all you want to do is swim. The season for unheated pools and lakes is about mid-May to mid-Oct although I see people waterskiing year round in wetsuits.

Oh, no snakes.
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Old 01-26-2011, 11:27 PM
 
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thanks guys! lying on a beach in arizona sounds better than a backyard pool....unless theres something wrong with the water?
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Old 01-27-2011, 04:23 AM
 
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thanks guys! lying on a beach in arizona sounds better than a backyard pool....unless theres something wrong with the water?

Back to "the water" again. If you are talking about municipal water, the water is fine. I've never gone swimming at Butcher Jones, so I can't tell you anything about the beach or the water there.
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Old 01-27-2011, 06:30 AM
 
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thanks guys! lying on a beach in arizona sounds better than a backyard pool....unless theres something wrong with the water?
Well, maybe. But you have to get there and it is at least an hour through traffic for most people. It's a lot easier to walk out the patio door to your private oasis and hop in.

As for water, Lake Pleasant and the Salt River Lakes are extremely clean and clear.
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Old 01-27-2011, 06:47 AM
 
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Agree with Ponderosa & Observer. Lots of water sports at the lakes, few people swimming. If you're determined you can get in the water in April. But it is cold.

One word of caution tho. You should wear river shoes (or old tennis shoes) when in the water. The levels change over time. So you might be wading in an underwater campground. Sometimes I have found broken glass under my feet.
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Old 01-27-2011, 08:22 AM
 
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Contrary to popular belief, the desert surrounding Phoenix actually has some very beautiful lakes. Saguaro, Canyon, and Apache Lakes all wind back into some beautiful canyons with high cliffs. Bartlett, Pleasant, and Roosevelt have many islands on them and are more open for water sports. They are each 40 minutes to 1.5 hours drive from Phx Metro.

You can pretty much boat year round which sets Phoenix apart from most other states. The temps for water skiing and tubing are perfect from May to Sept. If you get a boat you will actually long for the summers and ski season.
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