Tempe Town Lake

Things to Do at Tempe Town Lake

What activities can be enjoyed at Tempe Town Lake? Lots! A desert oasis in the middle of the Phoenix Metropolitan area, there are a variety of events and activities to enjoy year round at Tempe Town Lake. This favorite destination for locals and visitors alike is located between Rio Salado Parkway and the Loop 202, with the main recreational areas near Mill Avenue.

How do I get there? Visitors can park in Downtown Tempe and take a short walk to the lake. There is also parking for the lake along Rio Salado Parkway. From Mill Avenue in Downtown Tempe, drive north and turn left (west) on Rio Salado Parkway. Turn right at the light at Ash/Rio Salado Parkway. The parking lot is on the right hand side. There is additional parking near the Tempe Center for the Arts. Continue west along Rio Salado Parkway as it curves under the train bridge. The Tempe Center for the Arts parking lot is located on the right side, just before Hardy Drive. If you’re looking to park on the north side of the lake, there are two surface parking lots to chose from. The marina parking lot is accessible from College Ave. There is also a parking lot under the north side of the Mill Avenue bridge near the Marquee.

Use the Tempe Town Lake interactive map to find everything from boat launch areas to restrooms to public art.

Tempe Town Lake Events

Tempe Town Lake is a hub of activity all year long. From 5K community walks to large-scale triathlons, concerts and festivals, there’s always something happening. Tempe Beach Park, with its waterfront location and large open spaces, is the perfect home for many of these events. A few must see annual events include:


Visit the Tempe Calendar of Events for a full list of events!

Activities at Tempe Town Lake

Segway Tours
Make the most out of the Valley of the Sun’s gorgeous fall and winter weather and take a 4 mile Segway tour around Tempe Town Lake. Your tour guide will give you information while you ride, so you can learn and enjoy at the same time. Make an appointment for a tour around the lake utilizing the Segway of Scottsdale website.

Boating and Rowing at Tempe Town Lake
Explore the lake by watercraft and rent a stand-up paddleboard, kayak, pedal boat, or pontoon boat at Boat Rentals of America – Tempe Town Lake. Check their website or call (855) 690-0794 for seasonal hours of operation. The Tempe Town Lake kiosk is on the south side of the lake, near the Mill Avenue bridge. Taking a rowing class on Tempe Town Lake is another fun way for both beginners and advanced rowers to experience the lake first-hand. Tempe’s Riverbound Sports also offers sunset rides and paddleboard rentals. The paddleboards can be picked up from their shop. Check their website for more information and a calendar of events.

Fishing at Tempe Town Lake
Get back to nature and spend a relaxing afternoon casting a line in Tempe Town Lake. The lake is continuously stocked with trout, bass, catfish and sunfish. An Arizona Fishing License is all that is required to go fishing at Tempe Town Lake. Fishing licenses can be purchased online or at any Arizona Game and Fish office and at most fishing supply or sporting good stores.

Run, walk and bike at Tempe Town Lake
Wide paved paths wind around the circumference of the lake – about 5 miles long. It’s perfect for taking a stroll or relaxing bicycle ride. For a shorter route, cut across the picturesque pedestrian bridge, connecting the north and south shores of the lake near the Tempe Center for the Arts. Paths can also take pedestrians and bicyclists to nearby areas including Tempe Marketplace, Downtown Tempe’s Mill Avenue, the Indian Bend Wash Greenbelt and Papago Park. If you don’t have a bike of your own, you can rent one from The Bicycle Cellar at the Tempe Transportation Center in Downtown Tempe, near the Veterans Way/College Ave. light rail stop. Or, borrow at Grid Bike from the stations at Mill and Rio Salado Parkway, or rent a surrey bike from Tempe Boat Rentals.


Attractions Near Tempe Town Lake

  • Explore the Tempe Center for the Arts (TCA). The free Gallery at the TCA features rotating exhibits year-round. Also, check their calendar for their schedule of events, from comedy shows to art classes to live music.
  • Go for a quick hike up nearby “A” Mountain. At the top, enjoy scenic views of Downtown Tempe and a 360 degree view of the valley. The trailhead is located near Third Street and Mill Avenue.
  • Ready for a bite to eat? Stroll over to Downtown Tempe to choose from a variety of tasty restaurants, cafés and taverns.
  • Just up the road, explore The Phoenix Zoo and the Desert Botanical Garden. These attractions are perfect spots to enjoy a sunny day with family and friends.

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