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Please remember - no swimming at Tempe Town Lake! 

Read about swimming restrictions at Tempe Town Lake


Tempe Town Lake remains open. Fishing, boating and any activities that can be done in groups of less than 10 people are allowed as long as you are following the 6-foot physical distancing guidelines.  

Online boating permits are now available. Follow these steps then enjoy the lake on your kayak, stand-up paddleboard, sailboat or canoe.  

  1. Visit the city’s Activenet registration membership portal.
  2. Choose your pass type - daily pass ($10) or annual pass ($25 for residents, $50 for non-residents)
  3. You will be prompted to sign in or create an account if you don’t already have one.,
  4. Provide your boat information. Up to four boats per account are allowed.
  5. Your electronic receipt will serve as your temporary permit. Physical permits will be mailed out within 5-7 days.

Mobile users will need to choose the “Full Site” or “Desktop Mode” on their phones for access.

Physical distancing guidelines

Getting outside is important, especially during this difficult time of social distancing.  The City of Tempe recommends that all park users follow these guidelines from National Parks and Recreation Association to stay healthy and help reduce the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19):

NRPA COVID-19 Recommendations








Download the recommendations here. Visit for up-to-date information.

Tempe Town Lake

Tempe Town Lake is Arizona's second-most visited public attraction. The more than 2-mile long lake was created by damming a portion of the dry Salt River and adding water. Today, the lake continues to act like a river to convey rainwater and snow run-off by lowering the dam when needed and raising it again to maintain the water within the lake.

Tempe Town Lake is located in the heart of Tempe, running from west of McClintock Road to east of Priest Road between Rio Salado Parkway and Curry Road. A system of paths allow people to walk, jog, bike and more along its edges. It's also a great place for electric, wind and human-powered boats. 

lake map photo

Our map of Tempe Town Lake shows where to park, bike, boat and much more. Take a look.

Tempe Town Lake serves the community primarily in three ways:

- Flood Protection
- Recreational Opportunities
- Economic Vitality

Since its origin in 1999, the City of Tempe has built several parks and facilities along the lake's shores, including the Tempe Center for the Arts, Town Lake Marina, a Veterans Memorial, a Public Safety Memorial, volleyball courts, a boat beach and several habitat areas.




Quick Facts 

• More than 2.4 million people spend time at Town Lake each year • The economic impact of Tempe Town Lake since its creation is nearly $2 billion.
• More than 40 special events happen at Town Lake annually, including Ironman Arizona, the Fantasy of Lights Boat Parade and the state's largest Independence Day celebration
• More than 40,000 people work at the many business surrounding Town Lake

Town Lake Videos

Check out a playlist of videos featuring Tempe Town Lake. 

Cover photo by Joe Grana