We love finding desert gems surrounded by towering pines and cool water. This fall, you and your friends can go to this lake in Arizona and kayak around a mini island. It's like a little slice of paradise.

Knoll Lake is a secluded forest wonderland in Payson, Arizona. It features a 75-acre lake and campground. The campground is open from mid-May through mid-September and is currently closed. Although this lake is small, the scenery will definitely make this trip worth it.

It'll cost $14 for the day. The fee covers up to 8 people and two vehicles. 

You and your friends can load up your kayaks, canoes, or paddleboards for the ultimate water adventure on this lake. When you're done cruising around the water, you can go fishing or hike the nearby trails. The lake is filled with plenty of rainbow, brown and brook trout. 

While you're relaxing on the water, it's possible to see bald eagles and other wildlife. There's even a mini island filled with Ponderosa Pines. No motorized boats are allowed on the lake, so plan accordingly. 

You and your S/O can plan a peaceful getaway here and even set up a hammock near the water to relax in. It's the perfect place to wind down and escape the city.

Your furry friends can even join you on your water excursion. Since there is wildlife around, it's best to keep your pet on a leash. 

The Mogollon Rim is nearby this peaceful lake, making it an ideal place to visit on your way back from hiking. Whether you're wanting to escape the city or have a kayaking adventure, you'll be able to relax and unwind on this lake. 

This Halloween, you can gather your friends and go paddleboarding dressed as a witch or warlock! Check it out here.

Knoll Lake

Price: $14 for two vehicles up to 8 people for the day/night or $28 for four vehicles up to 16 people for the day/night

Location: Payson, AZ

Why you should go: This beautiful lake is surrounded by Ponderosa Pines and even features its own mini island. You and your friends or S/O can enjoy a wide range of activities here. 


We strongly advise that before you go swimming or visit any location, you check the most recent updates on potential hazards, security, water quality, and closures. If you do plan to visit a location, respect the environment.

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