Many visitors to Arizona don’t realize how many refreshing lakes can be found in the state, a number of them right outside the Phoenix area! Saguaro Lake is one of the most accessible and only a short drive from Phoenix and its surrounding communities. This desert oasis provides great opportunities to see cactus and wildlife in their natural state and get to know the desert better. Saguaro Lake is a popular destination for boating, kayaking, stand-up paddle boarding, and relaxing lakeside with a picnic. To experience the lake fully, you really need to get out on the water and paddle into the coves and inlets where animals like wild horses, desert bighorn sheep, and bald eagles like to graze and fish. REI Co-op Experiences offers kayaking and stand up paddle board tours on Saguaro Lake with round trip van transportation from Scottsdale.