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Take a break to enjoy Saguaro Lake

Finding relaxing outdoor activities and an escape from the plugged-in life for just a few hours often comes as no small feat, but the Mesa area, despite its proximity to big-city Phoenix, offers a plethora of options when it comes to getting back to nature and enjoying the city's 300 days of sunshine. For adventuresome folks on a budget, accessibility comes as a close second to cost. Saguaro Lake, in the Tonto National Forest, is a mere 15-minute drive from northeast Mesa, and an entire day of fun doesn't get any cheaper than the $6 per day Tonto Pass required to park your vehicle at the marina.

Saguaro Lake shares her serenity and breathtaking views for boat owners and for those renting boats or other watercraft from Precision Marine. Once out on the lake, the singular sound of the wind in your ears combined with the whir of the boat's motor drown out all else, and the responsibilities of a hectic life fly away for those few precious hours.

With a packed lunch, water, towels and plenty of sunscreen, boaters easily find nooks and crannies along shorelines and tucked-away pockets for swimming and solitude. Folks can drop a fishing line or just the anchor and bask in the sun or play in the water.

Saguaro Lake also boasts the capacity for water sports galore, including skiing, jet skiing, knee boarding, wake boarding and tubing. No matter how heavy the traffic might be on a hot day, Saguaro's open waterways make high-speed wake boarding or skiing no problem at all.

This short drive from life and responsibilities gives adventurers and quiet-seekers alike, the chance to capitalize on a small break as they choose either to have their body tossed across the water as they wave to friends waiting on the shore, or to simply find a peaceful spot and fish or read a book while soaking up some sun. Whatever the mode of relaxation, Saguaro Lake has it all.