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

Campground Type: Organized
Number of Campsites: 30
Cost: $6 per vehicle, $4 per watercraft via Tonto Pass
Use Level: Medium – High
Dogs Allowed: Yes
Fire Rings: Yes
Drinking Water: None
Toilets: Yes – Vault Toilets
Showers: None
Trash/Dumpsters: None
Hiking Access: Yes
Beach/Lake Access: Yes
RV/Trailer Length: N/A
RV/Trailer Amenities: None
Cell Phone Service: None
Wifi: None
Operating Season: Year Round

Getting There

Geo Coordinates: 33.571235, -111.489133
Nearest City: Fountain Hills, Arizona
Elevation: 1500 Feet
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.


Phone: (480) 595-3300 Facebook:  
Web: Tonto National Forest Bagley Flat
Reservations: Not Accepted

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.

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Use caution when camping as snakes and scorpions can be found in this area, especially in warm weather.

Fun Facts

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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