Life in Tempe

Tempe Town Lake

Night Scene at Tempe Town Lake

Crown Jewel of Tempe. This two-mile long lake is in the heart of Tempe's recreational and entertainment scene. The south shore banks of Tempe Town Lake hugs the edges of the historic downtown Mill Avenue District and Sun Devil Stadium on the campus of Arizona State University. Students, residents and visitors can spend the morning sailing across the lake, enjoy a jog along lakeside paths at lunch, shop the boutiques of Mill Avenue, have dinner at a nice restaurant and then take a romantic stroll along the still waters all in the same day.

Choose your pleasure. Boat, sail, canoe, kayak, fish, skate, jog, picnic, attend a concert, take the kids to Splash Park or just layout a blanket and enjoy some incredible sunsets. Bring your own boat (electric motor) or rent a paddle boat from Rio Lago Cruise Company on the north shore. The lake's multi-use trail circles the lake beginning at Tempe Beach Park. The 3-mile route from Mill Avenue to Rural Road is the equivalent of a 5K race making it an ideal training run for area races and marathons.

Photography. Robert Body
Video. Donovan's Steakhouse

Great urban fishing. The lake is frequently stocked with rainbow trout while largemouth bass and channel catfish are natural inhabitants of the lake. There have been many lunker bass caught at Tempe Town Lake. Fishing enthusiasts older than 13 years must have an Arizona fishing license and can be purchased at local sporting supply stores. For more fishing info, visit the Tempe Government Town Lake and Arizona Game and Fish websites.

Entertainment, concerts and festivals. There are several small amphitheaters at or around Tempe Town Lake that feature staged community entertainment and seasonal concerts. There are over 100 annual events scheduled in and around Tempe Town Lake every year including the July 4th Festival and Fire Works, the Holiday Boat Parade and the Tempe Music Festival.

The Tempe Center for the Arts is located at he southwestern end of the next to Tempe Beach Park. The Center of the Arts features a 3,500 square foot art gallery, an art park and an outdoors banquet and conference facility.

Tempe Town Lake Photos

The photos in the above video and those below are compliments of Robert Body. See his Tempe Page to view hundreds of pictures of the Tempe area including Tempe Town Lake, the Mill Avenue District, Ironman Arizona Competition and Triathlon Competitions. Robert Body's photographs are available as prints and stock photos. He is also available for assignment photography.

All Photos © Robert Body

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