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Parker Canyon Lake Swimming

I first swam in Parker Canyon Lake in September 2, 2012 when I was training for an 8k swim in Lake Mead in October called Slam the Dam (which was the last year the event was held). Unlike a lot of lakes near Tucson and Phoenix in the late summer and early fall that have water temperatures above 80F, Parker Canyon remains in the low to mid-70s due to its 5,400′ elevation and average depth of 82 ft. That makes it an idea place to train – one of my favorite lakes in Arizona! My partner, Alastair, kayaked for me on that long swim. The only other people on the lake that day were fishermen; and at one point a man said to Alastair, “Hmm, she sure has been out here swimming a long time.” Yep, I was out there several hours, in the sun and rain…and loved every minute!

Since then, the lake has become a lot more popular with swimmers, kayakers, paddle boarders, and triathletes – it’s not unusual anymore to see other people swimming.

2012 Parker Canyon Lake open water swimming

I manage a Facebook group called Southern Arizona Open Water Swimmers, and we often get together for swims at Parker Canyon and Patagonia Lake State Park. It’s always a wonderful group of swimmers, ranging from beginners to very experienced Ironman triathletes. I love swimming solo, but it’s usually more fun to have friends swimming next to you!

Parker Canyon Lake swimming

Parker Canyon Lake swimming

Parker Canyon Lake swimming
Parker Canyon Lake swimming

Parker Canyon Lake swim - Leanne Fahlgren, Stefanie Brown and Kathleen Bober

After our 2 mile swim on July 14 – Leanne Fahlgren, Stefanie Brown and Kathleen Bober. Water temperature 76F.

Parker Canyon Lake open water swim October 8, 2017

Before our 2 mile swim on October 8 – Lonnie Lominac, Devi Dearmon-Moore, and Kathleen Bober. Water temperature 66F.