We have lived in Arizona for nearly 35 years but have never camped at Roosevelt lake which is only a couple hours from our home. We have driven by the lake several times but always assumed it would be way too busy given that it is so close to the valley. Since we were looking for a quick trip where we could get our boat wet and our daughter wanted to come along with her kayak we decided to give it a try. Many of the campgrounds were closed due to low use and the ones that were open were not busy at all. There were a few more people there on the weekend but all in all it was not busy and was a very pleasant experience. The weather was just about perfect with nice sunny warm days and cool nights.
They have a little different payment system for the campground fees then we have ever experienced. You have to buy a “Tonto Pass” BEFORE you get to the campground as they are not sold at the campground. The price is reasonable at $6 per night ($3 with senior pass). The odd thing thing is there is no distinction between day use and camping as the same pass is used.
Borrowed the daughters kayak… pretty nice… one of these may be in our future!