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BARTLETT Lake Recreation Area





August 25, 2004


Hi Adrian


I'm (the) District Ranger at Cave Creek Ranger District, also of the Tonto.  We are participating in the new long term RV camping program.  Is it possible to include us on your website?  Attached is a flyer we did last January when we started the program.

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The Bartlett Lake Recreation Area

is now open to long term visitor camping.



The Cave Creek Ranger District has recently opened Bartlett Lake to long term visitor RV camping.  Camping (up to 6 months) will be permitted in the paved parking areas between October 1 and March 31 each year.


Site Description:  Bartlett Lake is a year-round recreation area located at the base of the Mazatzal Mountains, and is a shining example of the lush vegetation and abundant wildlife of the Sonoran Desert.  The recreation area specifically caters to water-based activities such as water skiing, fishing, jet-skiing and swimming.  In addition, there are hiking and wildlife viewing opportunities.  The lake fluctuates throughout the year according to rain and snow pack upstream and to the water demands in the Phoenix Metropolitan area.  Water level information is updated daily at the following website:


Facilities Provided:  Dump station (Bartlett Lake Marina), restroom facilities with outdoor showers, potable water, picnic tables with grills and ramadas, trash removal, 2 boat ramps with courtesy docks, one handicapped accessible fishing dock, one fully accessible marina with convenience store and boat fuel.


Features:  Cultural sites, wildlife viewing, motor-boat free cove, two hiking trails, lush Sonoran desert vista, fishing, boating, swimming, Verde River Access for Kayaking and Rafting, 30-minutes drive from the cultural centers of Scottsdale, Cave Creek and Carefree.


Fee/Permits Required:  Option One: “Pay as you stay” at the automated fee machines located at the recreation area entrance; $4 per vehicle/$2 per watercraft; -price for Golden Age.

Option Two: Purchase a Tonto N.F. upgrade to the Golden Eagle/Age/Access Passport for $30 and camp the 1st month under that pass, then “pay as you stay” as described above.  If you do not already have a Golden Passport, they may be purchased at the Cave Creek Ranger District for the following prices:  Golden Eagle – $65 annually; Golden Age for visitors 62 or older – $10 lifetime; Golden Access for visitors with permanent disabilities – free lifetime.


Accessibility:  All permanent restroom facilities are handicapped accessible.  The fishing dock located in Rattlesnake Cove is fully accessible during high water and is equipped with lighting for night fishing.  Courtesy docks at both ramps are accessible; however side rails are not available.  In addition, there is a fully accessible marina at the southern end of the reservoir.


Please contact the Tonto National Forest for further information:

Cave Creek Ranger District

40202 N Cave Creek RD, Scottsdale, AZ 85262





Bartlett Lake was formed as a result of the construction of Bartlett Dam along the Verde River. The Bartlett Lake Recreation Area is located approximately 22 miles east of Cave Creek and Carefree and is accessible by paved road.


Tonto Basin, Arizona



Last Updated: August 26, 2004