This is a great lake to visit with the family. There are a lot of picnic sites available for small or large groups (just don't set up near the large dumpsters, when it's hot there are a lot of bees. Also keep lids on drinks and sodas bc the bees will find there way in). Almost the whole southern part of the lake has beach that the family can play in. There are even areas that are designated for swimming only and you don't have to worry about boats. The kids love camping along the lake. You can rent water crafts by going to the marina website. If your interested in the Dolly Steamboat ride for $20 a person you can take a scenic tour of the lake or pay a little more for a dinner cruise. We aren't into fishing but we always see a lot of people out with a line so it must be a good spot ;-)
This is our favorite lake to go boating on! As you go further into the lake the canyon walls and cliffs are so majestic, which also provides some nice early morning and afternoon shade. Often we see eagles and mountain goats. The launch ramps are large and easy to navigate. The lake does get crowded later in the day on weekends, which is to be expected.
The road to get to the lake is a 2 lane road, lots of switch backs and hills. But the few extra miles is worth it!
**Don't forget your Tonto National Forest pass before you head out. You must have one to park for any amount of time and you can't get them once your there. Look for a gas station on your way. It seems most Circle K and Big 5's have them, even some grocery stores. $6 for a day pass and $4 additional for a watercraft.
*Also, bring lots of water and sunscreen!