Photos: Stewart Mountain Dam and Saguaro Lake, June 2023

This page features aerial photos of Arizona’s Stewart Mountain Dam and Saguaro Lake along the Salt River northeast of Phoenix.

Stewart Mountain Dam was built from 1928 to 1930 by the Salt River Valley Water Users’ Association. The concrete dam is 212 feet high, 583 feet long and includes a 13,000-kilowatt hydroelectric generating unit. The dam impounds the Salt River to create Saguaro Lake, a 1,200-acre reservoir that is a popular recreation area.

“Stewart Mountain Dam was the last of three dams built between 1923 and 1930,” according to the Salt River Project (SRP), which manages the facility. “SRP used the power revenue generated by the three dams to pay back the federal government for Roosevelt Dam’s construction and for the bonds used to finance the new lower Salt River dams.”

DateJune 2023
LocationStewart Mountain Dam and Saguaro Lake, Arizona (map)
CreditAlexander Heilner/The Water Desk
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