Roper Lake State Park Article

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Roper Lake State Park
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Roper Lake
view northeast– Gila Mountains at Safford
Map showing the location of Roper Lake State Park
Map showing the location of Roper Lake State Park
Roper Lake State Park in Arizona
Location Madrean Sky Islands,
Pinaleño Mountains, Arizona, United States
Coordinates 32°45′21″N 109°42′17″W / 32.75583°N 109.70472°W / 32.75583; -109.70472
ROPER LAKE STATE PARK Latitude and Longitude:

32°45′21″N 109°42′17″W / 32.75583°N 109.70472°W / 32.75583; -109.70472
Area338 acres (137 ha)
Elevation3,130 ft (950 m)
Established1972
Governing body Arizona State Parks
Roper Lake
Location Graham County, Arizona, United States
Coordinates 32°45′21″N 109°42′17″W / 32.75583°N 109.70472°W / 32.75583; -109.70472
Type reservoir
Primary inflows hot spring
Basin countriesUnited States
Surface area32 acres (13 ha)
Average depth20 ft (6.1 m)
Surface elevation3,000 ft (910 m)

Roper Lake State Park is a state park of Arizona, surrounding 32-acre (130,000 m2) Roper Lake. The park is located off U.S. Route 191, 5 miles (8.0 km) south of Safford, at the Gila River and Valley.

The land for the park, formerly a ranch, was purchased by the state in 1972 in order to construct a reservoir.

Roper Lake State Park includes a boat ramp, a natural stone hot tub, a beach for swimming, a picnic area, a campground, and cabins. The lake is stocked with bass and trout, and boats are limited to small electric motors. Hiking trails are available, and the park is a place for birdwatching. This scenic park in southeast Arizona is in a beautiful location surrounded by the sky island Pinaleño Mountains range, including Mount Graham.

In another part of the park is Dankworth Pond, located about 3 miles (4.8 km) south. This 15-acre (61,000 m2) pond also offers fishing, a picnic area, and hiking trails.

Fish species

References

  • Arizona Fishin' Holes, Phoenix, AZ: Arizona Game and Fish Department, 2007 |first1= missing |last1= in Authors list ( help)

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