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2013-05-27 4:31 PM

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Subject: Good places for open water swims ?
Im looking for some good places for some open water swimming. I've lived in Phoenix for 4 years now and believe it or not, have not been to a single lake yet. Im headed up to Saguaro with some friends today, bringing my goggles and cap, not sure though? I imagine there is some great spots up around Flagstaff and Im sure I could just hop on google, but if any of you have some favorite spots, please, Id love to hear them.

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2013-05-27 7:03 PM
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Subject: RE: Good places for open water swims ?
here is a great resource that lists all the local swims in the valley and further afield:

http://watergirl.co/content/open-water-swimming-arizona

there is actually a race at lake pleasant next weekend:

http://www.azopenwater.com

and finally, there is a closed group on facebook called "az open water swimming" where you can meet up with folks to swim.
2013-05-27 9:25 PM
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Rattlesnake Cove at Bartlett Lake is a good swim spot because there are "no boat" buoys keeping the boats out. The lake level is the highest in years so there isn't much of a hike to the shore. You need to buy a Tonto pass to hang on your rear view mirror. They can be had for $6.00 each at Circle Ks, Big Five stores or if you're planning on swimming a lot you can get an annual pass online. There are a lot of groups that swim there, some during the week and some on the weekends. You can also tackle the hills on your bike after swimming if you're jonesing for a kickass brick workout.

Saguaro's Butcher Jones is another swim spot with "no boat" buoys. It's pretty weedy right now. Think Arizona kelp. If you end up in them just keep swimming. If you're not swimming with a wetsuit the weeds may scratch you up a bit depending on how thick they are. Keyhole is another popular swim spot but I've never swam there. I don't know if boats are kept away. A Tonto pass is required there too.

Canyon lake has a couple of spots but I don't remember their names. One is in a no boat area. This is another swim spot that I haven't visited yet. I think you need a Tonto pass there too.

A friend and I explored a swim spot at Lake Pleasant near the northern 4 lane boat ramp, near Fireman's Cove. That was a few weeks ago. They're drawing the lake level down early this year so I'm not sure it isn't high and dry by now. The thing about Lake Pleasant is it is probably the most popular lake for boat traffic. I don't know if there are any no boat zones there. No Tonto pass required but there is a $6.00 gate fee for the day.

The facebook page is the best place to learn when and where folks are swimming. Hope to see you at one of the lakes someday.

Good swimming
2013-05-27 9:53 PM
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Subject: RE: Good places for open water swims ?
Originally posted by Bunsbert Montcroff

here is a great resource that lists all the local swims in the valley and further afield:

http://watergirl.co/content/open-water-swimming-arizona

there is actually a race at lake pleasant next weekend:

http://www.azopenwater.com

and finally, there is a closed group on facebook called "az open water swimming" where you can meet up with folks to swim.


Wow, what a great resource, thank you!
2013-05-27 9:55 PM
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Rattlesnake Cove at Bartlett Lake is a good swim spot because there are "no boat" buoys keeping the boats out. The lake level is the highest in years so there isn't much of a hike to the shore. You need to buy a Tonto pass to hang on your rear view mirror. They can be had for $6.00 each at Circle Ks, Big Five stores or if you're planning on swimming a lot you can get an annual pass online. There are a lot of groups that swim there, some during the week and some on the weekends. You can also tackle the hills on your bike after swimming if you're jonesing for a kickass brick workout.

Saguaro's Butcher Jones is another swim spot with "no boat" buoys. It's pretty weedy right now. Think Arizona kelp. If you end up in them just keep swimming. If you're not swimming with a wetsuit the weeds may scratch you up a bit depending on how thick they are. Keyhole is another popular swim spot but I've never swam there. I don't know if boats are kept away. A Tonto pass is required there too.

Canyon lake has a couple of spots but I don't remember their names. One is in a no boat area. This is another swim spot that I haven't visited yet. I think you need a Tonto pass there too.

A friend and I explored a swim spot at Lake Pleasant near the northern 4 lane boat ramp, near Fireman's Cove. That was a few weeks ago. They're drawing the lake level down early this year so I'm not sure it isn't high and dry by now. The thing about Lake Pleasant is it is probably the most popular lake for boat traffic. I don't know if there are any no boat zones there. No Tonto pass required but there is a $6.00 gate fee for the day.

The facebook page is the best place to learn when and where folks are swimming. Hope to see you at one of the lakes someday.

Good swimming



My Saguaro trip actually fell through.. So, made some food and hanging out I suppose. Did hit the gym for a run... And another awesome resource... So the FB page is closed, private? I consider myself a "tri newby" and I dont want to be "that guy" but I enjoy networking..
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I love swimming at Canyon Lake. I think it's Boulder cove??? It's the right turn just before the 2nd bridge, when you approach the marina. Quiet cove blocked by the marina...no motor traffic at all. On the weekends you'll see a lot of people out there during the summer training for IM. You need a Tonto pass, as mentioned previously. I always feel really safe out there.

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2013-05-29 1:45 PM
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Originally posted by Tri Fit

I love swimming at Canyon Lake. I think it's Boulder cove??? It's the right turn just before the 2nd bridge, when you approach the marina. Quiet cove blocked by the marina...no motor traffic at all. On the weekends you'll see a lot of people out there during the summer training for IM. You need a Tonto pass, as mentioned previously. I always feel really safe out there.


Awesome, tons of great info. I told my fiance we need to take a Saturday and go check out some of these places and swim... Good stuff here
2013-05-31 2:20 PM
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Originally posted by Tri Fit

I love swimming at Canyon Lake. I think it's Boulder cove??? It's the right turn just before the 2nd bridge, when you approach the marina. Quiet cove blocked by the marina...no motor traffic at all. On the weekends you'll see a lot of people out there during the summer training for IM. You need a Tonto pass, as mentioned previously. I always feel really safe out there.


This is our choice as well. nice long stretch of open water without boats to worry about makes it great for IM training.

And I'll pass on Saguaro- http://www.azcentral.com/news/arizona/free/20130531arizona-swimmers...
2013-06-01 12:29 AM
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Last summer I made the mistake of trying to use the "bathroom" at Butcher Jones. Inside, the walls, the seat and me were instantly covered in flys. They were EVERYPLACE. The stuff of nightmares! I thought I was in a Stephen King movie.
2013-06-01 2:46 PM
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Originally posted by Tri Fit

I love swimming at Canyon Lake. I think it's Boulder cove??? It's the right turn just before the 2nd bridge, when you approach the marina. Quiet cove blocked by the marina...no motor traffic at all. On the weekends you'll see a lot of people out there during the summer training for IM. You need a Tonto pass, as mentioned previously. I always feel really safe out there.


This is our choice as well. nice long stretch of open water without boats to worry about makes it great for IM training.

And I'll pass on Saguaro- http://www.azcentral.com/news/arizona/free/20130531arizona-swimmers...


Allllright. So good thing my Saguaro trip fell through on memorial day LOL
2013-06-01 8:07 PM
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Originally posted by sksharp

Last summer I made the mistake of trying to use the "bathroom" at Butcher Jones. Inside, the walls, the seat and me were instantly covered in flys. They were EVERYPLACE. The stuff of nightmares! I thought I was in a Stephen King movie.



I thought Butcher Jones was the bathroom?


2013-06-05 3:10 PM
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Subject: RE: Good places for open water swims ?
Has anybody seen the swim warning for some type of swim itch thing at Saguaro? I've been swimming with a group at Keyhole Thursday mornings. It's not shallow and weedy like Butcher Jones so I'm hoping there's no issue there. I haven't had any issues anyways.
2013-06-06 2:35 PM
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Subject: RE: Good places for open water swims ?
The rattlesnake cove at Bartlett lake is great. I also like canyon...just after you go over that metal bridge...if you take the first turn off for the first parking area...they have white buoys lined up from where the picnic tables are about 550m east. It is a good 1000-1100m round trip.

The best part of swimming here is on the way back...if you go in the morning..you are looking and practicing sighting right in the sun...which is the same thing you have to do in tempe town lake for the races there.
2013-06-11 12:47 AM
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Subject: RE: Good places for open water swims ?
Im dragging my fiance out Wed. morning, the 19th... Were going to pack up the truck full of goodies and make a day trip out of it. This will be my first "serious/semi serious" WHATEVER you want to call it real attempt for an OWS. I swim at the pool at LA fitness... not good enough. Where should a newb head to first? Driving distance is not an issue. We are up around cave creek atm

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I highly recommend Canyon Lake. Boulder Cove, right turn just before the 2nd bridge at the marina. Very safe, as there is NO boat traffic at all. Pull into the first parking lot. You can take the stairs down and there's a beach area with picnic tables. On weekends there are always others swimming there.
2013-09-04 1:21 PM
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We swim at Canyon lake every Thursday night at 6pm

http://www.meetup.com/arizonatriathlonclub/


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