Located in the heart of Tonto National Forest, Bartlett Lake is fed by the pristine waters of the Verde River. Native Americans of this valley spoke descriptively in their legends of the river’s “sweet waters”. Just 20 miles east of Carefree, visitors enjoy a variety of recreational opportunities including shoreline camping in Arizona’s natural desert terrain; glimpses of the diverse wildlife from mule deer, bald eagles, javelina, coyotes; and viewing the many indigenous desert plants, including majestic saguaros, mesquite trees and blooming ocotillo.
Part of the Tonto National Forest, recent campground improvements, handicap accessibility and safety features provide for safe, enjoyable recreation including hiking, boating, water skiing and fishing. Boat rentals are available at the Bartlett Lake Marina.