Where can you take a boat ride in the Phoenix area? While there are several lakes within and hour or two from Phoenix where you can actually fish, water ski and enjoy powerboating. If you are looking for a simpler boating excursion you can do that right in town at Tempe Town Lake on the Rio Salado (Salt River) near downtown Tempe. In the fall of 2010 Tempe Boat Rentals began operating a watercraft and boat service to give visitors to Tempe Beach Park and Tempe Town Lake even more recreational choices.
Tempe Town Lake is an urban lake just north of the Mill Avenue District in downtown Tempe and is near Arizona State University. You won't get lost on Tempe Town Lake -- it's only about two miles long and less than 1/4 mile wide. At its deepest point it is about 19 feet deep. The lake is periodically stocked with fish, including bass, sunfish, catfish and rainbow trout. Standard fishing license requirements apply. Tempe Town Lake is a popular place for rowers, and there are rowing and boating classes and clubs that operate there. Each year the Ford Ironman Triathlon uses Tempe Town Lake for the swimming part of the competition. Please note, however, that public swimming -- people or pets -- is not permitted in the lake.
You can enjoy skating, walking, biking, picnicking and playing in Tempe Beach Park, which is adjacent to Tempe Town Lake. You can take a Segway tour of the park, too. Then head right over to the boat dock for some relaxing watercraft fun. There are single and double kayaks, pedal boats, hydrobikes, pontoon boats and electric skiffs available to rent. Whether you want to do the work, or you want a motor to do it, whether there's just one or two of you or a bunch of you, you have plenty of options here.
Tempe Boat Rentals is accessible by METRO Light Rail!