Bartlett Flats Campground is a dispersed campground on the shore of Bartlett Lake in Tonto National Forest that provides scenic mountain vistas and direct access to boating and other activities. Bartlett Lake is on the Verde River and stores water for the Phoenix metro area, and also provides great recreational opportunities.
A couple of vault toilets and a primitive boat ramp are the only amenities you will find at Bartlett Flats. However, the nearby marina has basic supplies and groceries, etc. There are no designated campsites at Bartlett Flats, and you can virtually pitch your tent anywhere you can find space, but the available space varies with the lake level. When Bartlett lake is at full capacity only limited campsites are available, likewise when the lake is low there will be more available land for camping.
Bartlett Flats Campground Bottom Line
Since Bartlett Lake is a popular destination in the summer for boating and camping, Bartlett Flats Campground can get packed very quickly, with campsites right on top of each other. While the Forest Service does its best to keep the campgrounds at Bartlett lake clean, by the end of the summer there is often an abundance of trash and debris in the campground.
The primitive boat ramp at Bartlett Flats can be unusable when the water level is low in the lake, requiring you to launch boats from shore. A developed boat ramp is available at SB Cove Campground. The best campsites at Bartlett Flats Campground will vary with the lake level, but they tend to be right against the lake shore. Getting one of these campsites can be a challenge during the busy summer boating season unless you arrive early to claim your campsite.
While ground fires are allowed, you must use a fire ring made of stone or metal.
Bartlett Flats Campground Features
|Campground Type:||Dispersed, Primitive|
|Number of Campsites:||Not Specified|
|Cost:||$6/day via Required Tonto Pass|
|Fire Rings:||None Ground fires are allowed with a rock or metal fire ring.|
|Toilets:||Yes – Vault Toilets|
|Trash/Dumpsters:||Limited Pack it out|
|RV/Trailer Length:||Not Specified|
|Cell Phone Service:||Limited on all carriers|
|Operating Season:||Open All Year|
No services. PACK IT IN, PACK IT OUT. Glass containers prohibited. Bury human waste inches and at least feet away from camp, trails, water sources, and dry drainages.
|Nearest City:||Cave Creek, Arizona|
|Location:||Phoenix Area – Maricopa County, Arizona|
|Paved Road Access:||Partial – Recreation Area roads unpaved|
|Proximity to Stores:||Approximately 4 miles at Bartlett Marina|
|Directions:||This site is 24 miles east of Carefree. Take Cave Creek Road 7 miles turn right on Bartlett Dam Road and turn left on FR Continue on FR for 4 miles then turn right to Bartlett Flats Campground.|
Tonto Passes are required for each vehicle and watercraft. Passes can be purchased in advance online or at retail outlets. The closest retail outlets to Bartlett Flats Campground are Bartlett Lake Marina or the Cave Creek Ranger District office.
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When To Go
Spring, Early Summer, Fall – Summer temperatures at Bartlett Flats Campground will exceed degrees daily
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U.S. Forest Service
LOCATION and PHOTOS
Bartlett Reservoir and its surrounding saguaro (Carnegiea gigantea) studded landscape. Photo by Charlie McDonald.
A trio of interesting desert plants with Bartlett Reservoir in the background. The plants are from left to right jojoba (Simmondsia chinensis), ocotillo (Fouquieria splendens), and teddy bear chollo (Opuntia bigelovii). Photo by Charlie McDonald.
A blazingstar (Mentzelia sp.) flowering in mid-December. Photo by Charlie McDonald.
One of the hiking trails near the lake goes right between these two giant saguaros. Photo by Charlie McDonald.
Forest: Tonto National Forest
District: Cave Creek Ranger District
Description: When you turn onto Bartlett Dam Road from Cave Creek Road on the way to Bartlett Reservoir, the surroundings change instantly from suburban neighborhoods to natural Sonoran Desert mountain scenery, and the landscape stays this way for the next 13 miles to Bartlett Reservoir. There are many places you can safely pull off the highway and take a look. Try stopping at a desert wash and taking a short hike up one of the gravely drainages.
Bartlett Reservoir is in saguaro cactus country. These stately giants are the Sonoran Desert’s icons even though they grow in a fairly narrow zone of desert habitat above the valley floor and below the freezing cold of the higher mountains. They abound in all sizes around the reservoir, from juveniles hiding under the palo verde trees to huge multi-armed adults up to 40 feet tall.
There is good plant viewing here year-round. During the summer (May-September) it is best to go out in the morning and evening to avoid the mid-day heat. During fall and winter (October-February) the temperatures are pleasant and there will be a few wildflowers even in the coldest months. Of course, the cacti and shrubs are the stars of the desert landscape and viewable any time. Perhaps you will be lucky enough to visit during a wet spring (March-April) and be treated to one of the desert’s superb wildflower displays.
Safety First: Heat and low humidity are real hazards for people unfamiliar with desert climates. A person can lose up to 5 quarts of fluid a day and it is easy to become seriously dehydrated without realizing it, so drink plenty of fluids even if you do not feel very thirsty. Temperatures can exceed degrees anytime from April through October. During hot months, try to get out in the early morning before the intense heat of the day. When hiking, even if only a short hike, take a day pack with water, snack foods, protective clothing, compass, flashlight, and first aid kit. Always carry extra water in your car. To avoid sun injury, wear light loose clothing, use sunscreen on exposed areas, wear a hat, and have sunglasses.
Directions: Bartlett Reservoir is 20 miles east of Carefree, Arizona, which is a northern suburb of Phoenix. From Carefree, take East Cave Creek Road northeast to the Bartlett Dam Road junction. Turn right on this paved highway; it is 13 miles to the reservoir. The Cave Creek Ranger District office is just east of the junction of Cave Creek Road and Bartlett Dam Road. This is a good place to stop for information and to purchase your day-use pass ($/vehicle/day).
Contact: Tonto National Forest, Cave Creek Ranger District, North Cave Creek Road, Scottsdale, Arizona Phone: ()
Closest Town: Carefree, Arizona.
USPS suggests the address below
Bartlett Lake has a boatable surface area of 2, acres - more than Canyon Lake and Saguaro Lake, combined. Fed by the pristine waters of the Verde River, Indians of this valley spoke descriptively in their legends of the river's "sweet waters".
Outdoor enthusiasts frequent Bartlett Lake for a variety of recreational opportunities, including shoreline camping in Arizona's natural desert terrain. While in this part of the Tonto National Forest, visitors may see mule deer, bald eagles, javelina, coyotes, and many indigenous desert plants, including the majestic saguaro, mesquite trees and blooming ocotillo.
Bartlett Lake is located only 48 miles from downtown Phoenix and 20 miles east of Carefree. The newly engineered, fully paved, scenic Bartlett Lake Road combined with the expanding Phoenix freeway system offers easy access from the entire Valley of the Sun. Tonto National Forest campground improvements, handicap accessibility, and safety features provide for safe, enjoyable recreation including hiking, boating, water skiing and fishing. Boat rentals are available on the lake for those who don't have their own boats.
Come to Bartlett Lake for a great vacation or weekend full of fun and relaxation! Boating, water skiing and jet skiing are popular at Bartlett Lake. It offers the best of both worlds: gently sloping beaches on the west side and mountains that break the wind on the east.
About 30 miles northeast of Phoenix
Boat launching sites are available at Jojoba, Bartlett Flat, Bartlett Marina and Yellow Cliffs
There is dispersed camping available at Bartlett Flat. RV camping is available at Yellow Cliffs.
The lake has 33 miles of shoreline and is 12 miles long.
Boating fees are $ per vehicle and $ per watercraft per day. Contact Cave Creek Ranger Station about permits.
Take note that the northern end of the lake is closed to water-skiing and Rattlesnake Cove is closed to all motorized watercraft. Any part of the Verde River that is free-flowing is also closed to motorized watercraft. Motors with a greater noise level than 82 decibels may not be used on the lake. Keep boat traffic counter-clockwise.
Lake can be crowded on summer weekends and boat accesses difficult to reach. Local radio stations often carry advisories on Bartlett crowd conditions.
4 ramadas with picnic tables and grills are available at Yellow Cliffs. There is also a picnic area at Barlett Flat.
For information about the water level of Barlett Lake, call Salt River Project at
- Boat Ramp
- Swimming Beach
- Picnic Areas
- Fish Cleaning Station
- Water Skiing
- Bait Shop
- Boat Rentals
- Convenience Store
- Fuel Available
- Motorboat Rentals
Map + Directions
To reach the lake:
- From Carefree
- Take the Cave Creek Road/Forest Road 24 to Bartlett Road/Forest Road 19 junction.
- Take a right onto FR 19 and continue for 13 miles to the reservoir.
To reach Barlett Flat boating site
- From Carefree
- Take Cave Creek Road for 7 miles.
- Turn right onto Bartlett Road and drive for 13 miles.
- Turn left onto FR You'll go for miles paved, and then miles unpaved. The boat launch is at the end.
To reach Yellow Cliffs boating site
- From Carefree
- Take Cave Creek Road to Bartlett Dam Road.
- Turn right onto Bartlett Dam Road, go 13 miles until you reach FR
- Turn left and go 3 miles. You'll be at the site.
Bartlett Lake Marina
Water Ski and wakeboard only 45 minutes north of downtown Phoenix on beautiful Bartlett Lake, in the heart of the Tonto National Forest! Bartlett Lake Marina's family atmosphere and beautiful surroundings makes it a wonderful location for your friends and family to enjoy an unforgettable Arizona day on the water.
- Boat(s) in Use:
- 21' SeaRay with wakeboard tower
- Available Gear:
- Hours of Operation:
- Mon-Sun: 9am-5pm
- Reservations Required:
- Water Located On:
- Bartlett Lake
- Water Temperature:
- Other Watercraft Traffic:
- Additional on-site activities, accommodations:
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Located just 55 minutes from Tempe Town Lake on beautiful Bartlett Lake in the heart of the Tonto National Forest, Bartlett Lake Marina's family atmosphere and beautiful surroundings makes it a wonderful location for your friends and family to enjoy an unforgettable Arizona day on the water.
2, Acres of Fun!
Bartlett Lake Marina has a boatable surface area of 2, acres - more than Canyon Lake and Saguaro Lake, combined. Fed by the pristine waters of the Verde River, Indians of this valley spoke descriptively in their legends of the river's "sweet waters".
Outdoor enthusiasts frequent Bartlett Lake for a variety of recreational opportunities, including shoreline camping in Arizona's natural desert terrain. While in this part of the Tonto National Forest, visitors may see mule deer, bald eagles, javelina, coyotes, and many indigenous desert plants, including the majestic saguaro, mesquite trees and blooming ocotillo. Bartlett Lake is located only 48 miles from downtown Phoenix and 17 miles northeast of Carefree. The newly engineered, fully paved, scenic Bartlett Lake Road combined with the expanding Phoenix
Bartlett Lake Marina is located 17 miles northeast of Carefree and only one hour from Phoenix. Our marina offers a range of well equipped and comfortable rental boats. All safety gear and full instructions are included. We welcome novices! We also offer a variety of options from full day rentals, to weekend rental packages. You can trust our rental boats to keep you and your family safe while exploring the beautiful waters of Bartlett lake.
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Bartlett Lake Marina Boat Club is a membership-based boat club that provides its members with everything needed to enjoy a fantastic day of boating in the Arizona sun. Bartlett Lake Marina Boat Club cuts out all hassles of boat ownership for a fraction of the cost of owning and maintaining a boat. In addition, you have access to 14 boats ranging from pontoons to Sea Ray boats.
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Located just 45 minutes from Old Town Scottsdale on beautiful Bartlett Lake in the heart of the Tonto National Forest, The Cove is family owned and operated with an ever changing menu. The atmosphere and beautiful surroundings makes it a wonderful location for your friends and family to enjoy an unforgettable Arizona afternoon with a spectacular view!
If sitting down and enjoying the view doesn’t float your boat, don’t worry! Take a stroll down to the marina and enjoy a made from scratch burrito with a frozen margarita at The Oar House! Sit back and relax on the docks with some great tunes and beautiful boat watching. Located next to Bartlett Lake boat rentals, Go Stand up Paddle, and the dock store, The Oar House makes all it’s offerings from scratch daily. And remember to let the Oar House prepare your food when you rent a boat for the day! We will stock your cooler and have it ready on the boat upon your arrival.
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Address, Phone Number, and Hours for Bartlett Lake Marina, a Marina, at Bartlett Dam Road, Rio Verde AZ.
- Bartlett Lake Marina
- Bartlett Dam Road
Rio Verde, Arizona,
- Mon-Fri AM PM; Sat-Sun AM PM
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Bartlett Lake Marina, located in Rio Verde, AZ, is a publicly accessible waterfront facility that offers access to the water and provides space to moor or dock boats and yachts. In addition to docking and storage, the Marina provides services such as fuel and marine supplies, maintenance service and boat repair, and bilge and sewage pumping. The Marina also offers services such as boat rentals, boat operation and safety instruction classes, and additional amenities.You may contact Marinas for questions about:
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