Besides Rainbow Lake, the White Mountains of Arizona are home to over 50 lakes, streams, and small rivers. There’s no way you and your family can explore them all in one trip, and that’s ok. But whether you choose to just focus on Rainbow Lake or you decide to focus on a few of them to explore, you’ll have a variety of fun activities to choose from during your stay at Rainbow Lake Retreat.
Popular White Mountain Lakes
We won’t name all the lakes and waterways you can visit. There’s just too many. But here’s a list of the most popular lakes Arizona’s White Mountains has to offer.
- Rainbow Lake: When you stay at Rainbow Lake Retreat, you’re staying at one of the top 20 lakes in the region. Since our home is on the secluded end of the lake and private property, you also don’t have to worry about crowds or noise from rowdy kids on spring break. Plus with plenty of fish, if you’re an avid angler, you’ll never want to stray far from the cabin.
- Big Lake: Big Lake is one of the most popular lakes in the White Mountains and has a surface area of 532 acres when it’s full. Plus it’s great if trout fishing is your hobby. It’s about an hour’s drive from Rainbow Lake retreat, but well worth a trip.
- Fool Hollow Lake: Fool Hollow Lake is a good starter lake for kids and people new to fishing. But advanced anglers will be happy too as it’s home to trophy-size walleye. Plus the lake is only about a 30-minute drive from Rainbow Lake.
- Hawley Lake: Located on the Fort Apache Indian Reservation and just under an hour’s drive from Lakeside, AZ, Hawley Lake is a tremendously breathtaking lake, at a high altitude of 8,200 feet and surrounded by views of mountain peaks. The lake has plenty of trout and you’ll need to purchase a special license at the service station-grocery store.
- Lyman Lake: At 1,500 acres, Lyman Lake is the largest lake in the White Mountains. It’s also the only lake on our list that has no restrictions on gas powered boats so you can waterski or speed boat at Lyman Lake as well as leisure boat. There is a no wake zone on the lake so your kids can still swim safely here. Lyman Lake is about 1 hour and 15 minutes away from Rainbow Lake Retreat.
Like we said, there are a lot more than just five lakes to visit in the White Mountains that are within an hour’s drive from Pinetop-Lakeside, AZ. Plus Rainbow Lake Retreat comes equipped with a paddle boat and kayaks, so you and your family can enjoy boating on Rainbow Lake. You can rent other boats at:
Rainbow Lake Resort
White Mountain Outdoor Rentals
All the lakes in the area except Lyman Lake don’t allow power boats, but if you’re going to Lyman Lake and need to rent a larger boat or jet skis, you’ll want to rent those before you drive to Pinetop-Lakeside.
No matter what type of lake activities you and your family love to do, Rainbow Lake Retreat is the perfect spot. Book your stay today.