Bartlett Lake’s 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”.

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 campground improvements, handicap accessibility, and safety features provide for safe, enjoyable recreation including hiking, boating, water skiing and fishing.

Come to Bartlett Lake for a great vacation or weekend full of fun and relaxation! Boating, water skiing and jet skiing are popular at Bartlett Lake. It offers the best of both worlds: gently sloping beaches on the west side and mountains that break the wind on the east.

Visit the Barlett Lake Marina for more details

Fish Species: Largemouth Bass, Smallmouth Bass, Crappie, Sunfish, Channel Catfish, Flathead Catfish, Carp


  • Paved Access
  • Boats for Rental, Boat Ramp, Any Motor Size
  • Swimming, beaches
  • Camping, Restrooms, Drinking Water
  • Tackle and Equipment, Groceries, gas and oil
  • Water Skiing, Jet Skiing
  • Tables, Restaurant, Parking area