Bagley Flat Campground at Saguaro Lake, is a free, boat-in campground and is the only designated campground on shores of the lake. The campground is about four miles from Stewart Mountain Dam and is only accessible only by boat. To get to Bagley Flat you must travel up river through a fairly narrow cliff-bordered portion of the lake.
The campsites all include a picnic table and access to bathrooms. Since Bagley Flat is located at the eastern end of the lake, away from the marina and dam, it is quiet and peaceful.
Saguaro Lake is stocked by the Arizona Game and Fish Department walleye, largemouth and yellow bass, rainbow and brown trout, bluegills, channel catfish, and crappie.
Bagley Flat Campground Features
|Number of Campsites:||30|
|Cost:||$6 per vehicle, $4 per watercraft via Tonto Pass|
|Use Level:||Medium – High|
|Toilets:||Yes – Vault Toilets|
|Cell Phone Service:||None|
|Operating Season:||Year Round|
|Geo Coordinates:||33.571235, -111.489133|
|Nearest City:||Fountain Hills, Arizona|
|Location:||Maricopa County, Arizona|
|Paved Road Access:||Boat In Campsite, Road is paved to lake|
|Proximity to Stores:||Store is located at Saguaro Lake Marina|
|Directions:||Saguaro Lake is 35 miles east of Mesa. From Mesa, travel 27 miles north on State Hwy. 87 (The Beeline Highway) to Bush Highway/Forest Road (FR) 204 and turn right. Follow FR 204 for 4 miles to the lake. The last 4 miles to Bagley Flat are by boat.|
|Web:||Tonto National Forest Bagley Flat
When To Go
Spring, Early Summer, & Fall – Summertime at Bagley Flat Campground can be very hot for tent camping. Avoid holidays, as the lake and the campground are typically very busy.
Use caution when camping as snakes and scorpions can be found in this area, especially in warm weather.
Saguaro Lake is one of six reservoirs held back by a dam, built and operated by the Salt River Project (SRP).
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