Glendale, Arizona is well known for its magnificent desert landscape, but few people outside the area know about the many scenic lakes within a 40 mile drive from Phoenix Az. Area lakes offer vast, clear surface water created by the rivers feeding the Phoenix area. Each of these lakes offers an abundance of lake fun including boating, sailing, and fishing, water skiing, swimming and camping enjoyment. Some lakes offer RV parks for traveler convenience. Some lakes offer picturesque mountainous scenery, large stands of Saguaro Cactus with beautiful desert views with spectacular wildflowers during the spring. The colorful painted canyon walls of Canyon, Saguaro and Apache Lakes are stunningly spectacular. It's not unusual to find natural springs flowing along their hiking trails. At large Lake Pleasant look for the wild roaming burros. Apache Lake is abundant with wildlife including javelina , mountain sheep, soaring eagles, deer and an occasional black bear. If you are an avid fisherman, the lakes offer some of the best bass fishing in the country. Expect the largemouth, small mouth and white bass excitement.