The Best Activities To Do at Tempe Town Lake and Tempe Beach Park

August 5, 2022
Author : Laura Williams
Photo by Andrew Ruiz on Unsplash

Tempe Town Lake and Tempe Beach Park are two of the most popular places in town for residents and visitors alike. The lake offers a variety of activities such as fishing, boating, kayaking, and paddle boarding, while the park has a 5 miles of paths and trails for you to explore. Whether you’re looking for a place to relax or get active, Tempe Town Lake and Tempe Beach Park have you covered!

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TEMPE BEACH PARK

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The Best Activities To Do at Tempe Beach Park

Tempe Beach Park is one of the most popular places in town for residents and visitors alike. The lake offers plenty of outdoor fun and it is a great place for a picnic, and it’s also the site of many festivals and concerts throughout the year. Those events include Tempe Fantasy of Lights Boat Parade, Aloha Festival and more.

Tempe Beach Park is open daily from 5 a.m. to 12 a.m.

NORTH SHORE BEACH

The best activities to do at North Shore Beach are swimming, sunbathing, and playing beach volleyball. The beach is open daily from 5 a.m. to 12 a.m., and there are walking and biking paths that provide easy access to the beach. Swimming is forbidden in all of Tempe Town Lake, but that doesn’t stop people from cooling off in the water on hot days!

TEMPE TOWN LAKE

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The Best Activities To Do at Tempe Town Lake

Tempe Town Lake is a great place to spend a day fishing, boating, kayaking, or paddle boarding.

If you’re looking to get out on the water, Boat Rentals of America and Northshore Watersport Rentals offer a variety of equipment for rent. Boat Rentals of America offers all kinds of boats, while Northshore Watersport Rentals offers canoes, kayaks, and paddle boards.

You need a permit if you want to bring your own watercraft. You can get a permit online here.

If you’re looking to do some fishing, Tempe Town Lake is stocked with trout, bass, catfish and sunfish. You’ll need a valid Arizona Fishing License to fish in the lake. You can buy a license online here or at any of the local fishing supply stores.

For a relaxing walk, take a walk or run on the 7-mile loop around Tempe Town Lake. The path is well-marked and takes you to some of the most scenic areas in town, including Tempe Marketplace, Downtown Tempe’s Mill Avenue, and Papago Park.

There’s no better way to explore Tempe Town Lake than on two wheels! The same paths winding through the park, are allowed to be biked on. If you’re looking to explore Tempe Town Lake on two wheels, you can rent a bike from Wheelie Good Bikes or The Bicycle Cellar. They offer a variety of bikes for rent, including mountain bikes, cruiser bikes, and kids bikes. You can also rent helmets and locks.

Jogging and inline skating are also popular activities here.

NEARBY ATTRACTIONS AND ACTIVITIES

Explore the Tempe Center for the Arts. The TCA has a free art gallery that features rotating exhibits of local, national, and international artists.

If you’re looking for a quick hike, take a hike up nearby “A” Mountain.

There are several installations of public art free to view at the lake.

The Tempe History Museum is located in Downtown Tempe and it’s free to visit. The museum has exhibits on the history of Tempe, the Salt River Valley, and the Hohokam people.

Visit one of Tempe’s many breweries. Four Peaks Brewing Company and Huss Brewing Company offer tours and tastings.

Check out the nightlife on Mill Avenue. There are a variety of bars and clubs to choose from.

Enjoy a meal at one of the many restaurants located around Tempe Town Lake. Some of our favorites nearby include The Handlebar Tempe and Rula Bula Irish Pub.

FAQ

Q: What is the best way to get around Tempe Town Lake?

A: The best way to get around Tempe Town Lake is by boat, bike, or foot. There are a number of places to rent boats, bikes, and kayaks near the lake.

Q: What is the fishing like at Tempe Town Lake?

A: The fishing is good at Tempe Town Lake. You can catch trout, bass, catfish and sunfish in the lake. You’ll need a valid Arizona Fishing License to fish in the lake.

Q: When was the Lake opened?

A: Tempe Town Lake opened in 1999.

Q: How deep is the Lake?

A: The average depth of Tempe Town Lake is 12.5 feet. The deepest part of the lake is 19 feet.

Q: How is the water quality at Tempe Town Lake?

A: The water quality at Tempe Town Lake is excellent and frequently maintained by the City of Tempe.

Q: Why was the Lake developed?

A: Tempe Town Lake was developed to provide recreation opportunities for the community and to help with flood control.

Q: Can I swim in the Lake?

A: No, swimming is forbidden in Tempe Town Lake.

Q: Can I bring my own boat to Tempe Town Lake?

A: Yes, but you need a permit. You can get a permit online.

Q: Can I fish in Tempe Town Lake?

A: Yes, but you need a valid Arizona Fishing License. You can buy a license online or at any of the local fishing supply stores.

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