San Carlos Lake information about the lake which allows ski boat rentals, jet skis, and waverunner rentals. This is one of eight lakes with desert surroundings created by damming rivers in the hills around Phoenix, Arizona; and like the others it has quite a dramatic setting with the deep blue waters framed by gaunt, rocky, cactus-speckled mountains - in this case, the foothills of the Gila, Mescal and Santa Teresa ranges. San Carlos Lake was formed by the Coolidge Dam on the Gila River - the largest in south Arizona, this has its source in the Mogollon Mountains of west central New Mexico and once over the state border flows through a wide valley for over 80 miles.
San Carlos then enters a much deeper canyon through the Mescal Mountains, the penultimate series of hills before the deserts of the southwest begin, hence the mouth of this ravine was selected as the site of the dam, which was completed in 1930. Try a new water sport you that you have always wanted to try; with our professional guided tours we offer wakeboarding, water skiing, wakesurfing, kneeboarding, and wakeskating lessons.