Guided Kayak Tours on Saguaro Lake Near Phoenix
Join us for a relaxing inflatable kayak tour on Saguaro Lake, situated between the rugged Superstition Mountains and the towering Four Peaks. This scenic desert reservoir provides habitat for many important species of wildlife such as bald eagles, desert bighorn sheep, and numerous examples of reptiles and amphibians. This tour is suitable for all ages and ability levels. No previous experience is required.
Price: $140 pp, min 2 people per tour
Book 4+ and get 20% off
Call to inquire about parties of 13 or more.
- Activity duration: 2-3 hours
- Total duration: 4 hours
- We can schedule tours on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays
- Tours typically depart at 8am and 1pm*
Advance reservations are required.
- Professional safety-certified guide
- Bottled water & snacks
- Inflatable double kayak, paddles
- PFD (life jacket), dry bags
- Roundtrip Transportation
- National Forest entry fees
- Hotel/Residence Pick Up: $95 per group – inquire over the phone
- Private Tour: $150 per group. No other parties may add to your tour. We can schedule private tours any day of the week.
What to Bring
Clothing – Comfortable, weather appropriate athletic clothing – shorts and a t-shirt, bathing suit, on cooler mornings long sleeves are advised. We recommend bringing a dry change of clothes for after your kayaking trip.
Water shoes/sandals/old sneakers – These must stay on your feet at all times – sport sandals only please. Flip flops or bare feet are not allowed.
Miscellaneous – Sunglasses, sunscreen, camera, lip balm, medications, hat, etc.
What to Expect
Once You’ve Booked a Tour…
You will receive a booking confirmation email with details on the time and date of your tour, where to meet, the cancellation policy, a receipt of your tour purchase, and requests from us if we need additional information.
On the Day of Your Tour…
Meet at our office in North Scottsdale a few minutes before your scheduled tour. You can expect to be with another group on your kayak tour unless you have booked a private tour.
Your kayak tour…
Pilot your own craft down a beginner‐friendly river with AOA’s guided kayak tours on Saguaro Lake just outside Phoenix and Scottsdale. Our inflatable kayaks are stable and easy to maneuver, creating the perfect platform for splashing, relaxing, or wildlife viewing. The lake is an indispensable oasis in the vast Sonoran Desert, attracting a multitude of birds and wildlife – we often see desert bighorn sheep and bald eagles during our tour! Take time to appreciate the surrounding mountain peaks, giant saguaro cactus, and flora unique to this ecosystem. Your guides are always available to teach you the natural history of the area and give you expert paddling instruction.
All of our regularly scheduled lake kayak tours take place on Saguaro Lake, but we can also operate tours at Canyon Lake, Bartlett Lake, and Lake Pleasant. We have a number of put‐in/take‐out locations and select our launch locations based on the current lake level to provide you with the best experience. Water temperatures vary from the 60s in the winter to low 80s in the summer months. Swimming is possible year‐round but it can be a bit bracing in January!
All tours depart from the AOA office in north central Scottsdale and travel 35 minutes to our tour location just outside the eastern metro area. If you are staying in the east valley, please call our office if you would like to meet at an alternate location of greater convenience.
Reservations are required. Guest contact information and a valid credit card are required to hold a reservation.
Temperature and Climate:
Advance reservations are required and can only be confirmed with receipt of guest contact information and a valid credit card. Final payment is due in advance of the tour to secure your reservation. Guide gratuities are optional, but are appreciated.
There is no charge for cancellations made more than 48 hours before departure time. Cancellations made less than 48 hours from departure time will be charged in full.
Every attempt will be made to adhere to each tour’s itinerary. However, safety issues, weather, or other extenuating circumstances beyond our control may result in unexpected changes. Should these changes affect a guest’s travel plans, AOA is not responsible for additional expenses incurred by guests.
Photos of the Half-day Kayaking Tour
Planning for your Trip
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AOA operates guided Saguaro Lake tours under permit of Tonto National Forest. Guided tours on Lake Pleasant are operated under permit of Maricopa County Parks.