Often one of the most overlooked and underrated destinations, Phoenix offers a fantastic river boating experience. Salt River, intersecting the heart of Phoenix provides an in-city opportunity to fish and boat. Along the river is Saguaro Lake, offering miles of fishing from catfish, yellow perch, largemouth bass and rainbow trout. In the upper Salt River Canyon you can find plenty of river rafting trips through the wilderness and in the Lower Salt River, the Arizona tradition of river tubing!
The Gila National Forest contains many miles of streams that provide both cold and warm water fishing opportunities. Both the Gila River and the San Francisco River along with their many tributaries are located within the Phoenix area. Upper reaches and headwater tributaries of both rivers offer trout fishing, the lower reaches of both rivers offer quality warm water fishing opportunities. The Gila River runs literally from one end of the state to the other. If you take time to study the Gila or if you’re fortunate enough to talk to someone that tells you where these "holes" are, you’re going to catch some lunker largemouths.
This is the fifth largest tributary of the Colorado River. The river here is unique, with breathtaking views of the Rocky Mountains that you won’t typically find along ocean coastlines. This river is a favorite for wakeboarders wanting to relish the favorable wakeboarding conditions of the Gunnison River. It’s warm and sandy bottom beaches welcome both swimmers and watersports lovers looking to cool off each summer.
186 miles in length and 1,960 miles of shoreline makes Lake Powell longer than the entire west coast of the continental. Lake Powell is notorious for its red rock canyon views and natural aches. The top sightseeing destination on Lake Powell is Rainbow Bridge. Only 23 lake miles from Wahweap marina sits Padre Bay, the largest bay of Lake Powell, which stretches seven miles across and nine miles long with gorgeous views of monuments such as the Domingues Butte, Tower Butte, Cookie Jar Butte, and Boundary Butte. From Padre Bay, there are several back shoots like Kane Wash Canyon, which is great for kayaking and exploring.
Rafting the Colorado River is an exciting proposition with different options. You could have a half-day and full-day smooth water trip on the river. You could launch from diamond creek and take out at Lake Mead typically and spend between 2 days and 5 days. Permits are available to the public for these type of trips starting one year in advance and are distributed on a first come first have basis.