Walking trails, beach parks and a dam border a river-shaped lake with kayaks, swan pedal boats and electric scooters for rent.
Surrounded by leafy parks with fun activities, Tempe Town Lake is a large reservoir running along the northern ridge of the city center. Elegant bridges provide views of high-rises and parkland. The lake is a haven for watersports. Go for a run around the perimeter of the lake, enjoying the vistas of the connecting Salt River.
Take a rental boat onto the water and enjoy views of the high-rise buildings of central Tempe from out on the lake. Large electric motor boats that fit 12 people are available, as well as kayaks and stand-up paddleboards.
Paddle your kayak beneath one of the stylish bridges extending across the reservoir. Borrow life jackets from the tour operators and bring your kids out on the swan pedal boats.
Join a stand-up paddle yoga session after paddling out to the middle of the lake with your fellow exercisers.
Rent a bike or an electric scooter and travel in style along the shore of the lake. Stroll through the green setting of Tempe Beach Park, on the southern edge of the water. Sunbathe by the lake and enjoy a picnic with your family in this scenic setting.
On the northern side of the reservoir is the LoPiano Bosque Habitat, which has nature trails meandering between mesquite and acacia trees. Head to the western end of the lake to see the dam.
Attend one of the many festivals held by the lake, including the Arizona Aloha Festival and the Arizona Dragon Boat Festival, both held in March. Four Peaks Oktoberfest brings three days of fun, food and music to the park.
Tempe Town Lake is spread across the northern side of the city center of Tempe. It stretches east for about 2 miles (3 kilometers) from the Tempe Town Lake Dam.
Travel around the area for other nearby attractions such as Rio Salado Park, the Rolling Hills Golf Course and the Arizona State University, Tempe Campus.