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Tempe Az Town Lake


biking at Tempe town lake

Tempe Az Town Lake is more than 2-miles long and was made by damming a portion of the dry Salt River and adding water.  Tempe Town Lake, Arizona was constructed in 1997.

Additionally, the lake is really a small man-made reservoir.  Typically the Salt River bed was dry, other than when where was water released by the Central Arizona Project.  Also, from a dry river bed, Tempe created a 224-acre lake in the heart of Tempe, Arizona.

The lake is located in the heart of Tempe and has become a gathering place for many local activities.  additionally, this lake has paths for folks to walk job or bike around the edges.

Tempe Town Lake is supplied from rainwater and snow run-off Colorado River via the Central Arizona Project. Also, the maximum depth of the lake is about 13 feet.


Would you like to see how a dry river bed became the focal point of Tempe?

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? How far is Tempe AZ from Phoenix AZ??

Tempe town lake is located at Rio Salado Parkway and Loop 202.  And, Visitors can park in Downtown Tempe and take a short walk to the lake. Also, 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.
Also, Turn right at the light at Ash/Rio Salado Parkway. The parking lot is on the right-hand side.  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.

⛵  What is there to do at Tempe Az Town Lake?

There are many activities scheduled annually at the lake:

Tempe town lake is a great place to visit any time of the year, day or night.

?Activities at Tempe Az Town Lake?

There are seasonal activities at Tempe Town Lake.

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Segway Tours

Don’t miss the fun Segway tour around Tempe town Lake,  This guided 4-mile tour provides information as you ride and take in the scenery.

Information on Segway Tours

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?  What is Tempe Famous for?

Tempe’s major claim to fame is Arizona State University (ASU).   The university was founded on March 12, 1885. This was first the Territorial Normal School.   It was formed when the 13th Arizona Territorial Legislature passed an act to create a school to train teachers for the Arizona Territory. Arizona was not even a state at that point.

Today, ASU is a public metropolitan research university on five campuses across the Phoenix metropolitan area, and four regional learning centers throughout Arizona. ASU is one of the largest public universities by enrollment in the U.S.  And it all started in Tempe!

❓  What does Tempe mean?

According to the website, The town was named Tempe in 1879.  “Lord” Darrell Duppa, an Englishman who helped establish Phoenix, is credited with suggesting the name. The sight of the butte, the wide river, and the nearby expanse of green fields reminded him of the Vale of Tempe in ancient Greece.

A vale is a valley with a stream or river running through it. As the founders looked at Tempe, they saw a river, the butte, and open green fields, thus it reminded them of a “vale”.

boating on Tempe Town Lake

Boating and Rowing at Tempe Town Lake
You can rent paddleboards, kayaks,  pedal boat or a pontoon boat and explore the lake on your own.

Also, there is also a Tempe Town Lake kiosk is on the south side of the lake, near the Mill Avenue bridge.

For More Information on Boat Rentals Click Here

Have you thought about taking a rowing class?

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.

Information on Rowing Classes


?️  What is the average temperature in Tempe?

Month Low High
Jan 43.4°F 65.0°F
Feb 47.0°F 69.4°F
Mar 51.1°F 74.3°F
Apr 57.5°F 83.0°F
May 66.3°F 91.9°F
Jun 75.2°F 102.0°F
Jul 81.4°F 104.2°F
Aug 80.4°F 102.4°F
Sept 74.5°F 97.4°F
Oct 62.9°F 86.4°F
Nov 50.0°F 73.3°F
Dec 43.5°F 65.0°F

Phoenix’s coldest month is January when the average temperature overnight is 43.4°F. In July, the warmest month, the average day time temperature rises to 104.2°F.

?   Explore All Events At Tempe Town Lake

Hay Day Music Festival –  September 28, 2019

What: Music Festival
Where: 404 South Mill Ave, Tempe, Az  85281
When: September 28th – 2:00 PM – 11:30 PM
Why: Celebrate great music and bands!

One of the groups playing is the popular Pistoleros – Find them on Facebook 

Another headliner group is Roger Clyne and the Peacemakers – Find them on Facebook



Tempe Healing Fields  – September 7, 2019 – September 12, 2019

18th Anniversary of 9/11at Tempe Az Town Lake

What: September 11th Healing Field® Memorial
Where: Tempe Beach Park, Tempe, Az
When: September 7th – 12th 2019 from 6 AM-8 PM
Why: Honor those killed on September 11th, 2001

This is a FREE Event

☔  What is the annual rainfall in Tempe?

Average Rainfall for Phoenix, Arizona

Month Precipitation
Jan 0.83in.
Feb 0.77in.
Mar 1.07in.
Apr 0.25in.
May 0.16in.
Jun 0.09in.
Jul 0.99in.
Aug 0.94in.
Sept 0.75in.
Oct 0.79in.
Nov 0.73in.
Dec 0.92in.

The driest month in Phoenix is June with 0.09 inches of precipitation, and with 1.07 inches March is the wettest month.

?  Ballet Under the Stars  September 12, 2019

What: Ballet Under the Stars
Where: Tempe Center For The Arts, 700 Rio Salado Pkwy, Tempe, Az
When: September 12, 2019 –   7:00 PM
Why: Enjoy dance in a unique outdoor setting with stage, lighting, costumes & great Az weather!

This is a FREE Event

Four Peaks Oktoberfest at Tempe Town Lake

What:  The biggest Oktoberfest in Arizona
Where: Tempe Town Lake
When:  October 11, 2019 – October 13, 2019019 –   7:00 PM
Why: Celebrate October with Friends and Family

Admission to the event is free, however, you need to buy tickets for the carnival rides and to certain events.

More Information Here

Music in the Garden  OCTOBER 4, 2019 – NOVEMBER 22, 2019

What: Music in the Garden’s Fall concert Series
Where: Desert Botanical Gardens 1201 N. GALVIN PARKWAY, Phoenix, Az
When: Friday evenings, October 4 – November 22, 2019.  7:00 PM – 9:00 PM (doors open at 5:30)
Why: Enjoy a variety of music styles with local and regional talent




What: Euphoric celebrations of human connection through art, music, comedy and non-verbal communication.
Where:  ASU Gammage  1200 S. Forest Ave., Tempe, AZ
When:  November 15 – 17, 2019  (Time of performance varies by day)
Why:  Enjoy one of America’s iconic performances



IRONMAN Arizona – November 24, 2019

What: Euphoric celebrations of human connection through art, music, comedy and non-verbal communication.
Where: Tempe Town Lake and Tempe Beach Park, 808 W Rio Salado Pkwy
When:  November 24, 2019
Why: The Dignity Health Medical Group IRONMAN Arizona will offer 40 qualifying slots to the 2020 Vega IRONMAN World Championship in Kailua-Kona, Hawai’i.



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☔  Fishing at Tempe Town Lake

Get back to nature and spend a relaxing afternoon casting a line in Tempe Town Lake. Additionally, the lake is continuously stocked with trout, bass, catfish, and sunfish.

Also, 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 lake – about 5 miles long. This path is 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.

biking at Tempe town lake


The Tempe Town Lake Junior Rowing Program has been operating on Tempe Town Lake since 2005.  Many people are surprised to see a lake in the desert.  They are often surprised to find we have athletes from Tempe town Lake Junior Rowing Program traveling around the country to compete at a national level.  The great Arizona weather allows the athletes to practice year-round.

Tempe Town Lakes provides a variety of activities for tourists and local residents as well.  The great weather year-round in Tempe finds many people taking advantage of the lake amenities year-round.


?  Special Events

Many special events take place at Tempe Town Lake, including a great 4th of July Fireworks display put on by the Kiwanas.  The Tempe night sky comes alive with colorful and plentiful fireworks!

Fireworks at Tempe Town Lake Folks gather to picnic, attend the various vendors with food, beverages, and find souvenirs to buy.  Since the beginning, Tempe Town Lake, it has been the focal point of many community events.
Tempe town lake has seen significant commercial growth as well.  Several commercial buildings line the lake. Several office buildings have sprung up along the lake housing many major Tempe employers.  These buildings provide great city and lake views.  These employees feed into the economy of Tempe and the Mill Street area.


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