Val Vista Lakes, Arizona, USA

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Val Vista Lakes is a premier lakeside and off-lake community found in the arid climate of south-central Arizona. Located in the Phoenix East Valley, four man-made lakes, four sports parks, a swimming lagoon and spacious clubhouse provide all the ingredients for a resort lifestyle. Over 20 subdivisions are included in this master-planned community ranging from lakeside properties with small docks to luxury apartment rentals. Offering the tranquility of lakeside living close to the vitality of the city, Val Vista Lakes is quickly becoming the place to live.

The community of Gilbert, in Maricopa County, is home to Val Vista Lakes. This thriving city is one of the fastest growing communities in the United States with a population jumping from 5,717 in 1980 to well over 200,000 in 2009. Originally farm land, Gilbert is named after William “Bobby” Gilbert who supplied the land for a rail line to be constructed between Phoenix and Florence. Known for producing cattle, sheep and enough hay to be known as the “Hay Capital of the World,” the land now holds one of the area’s most affluent communities. Often ranked among the best places to live, Gilbert also takes pride in being one of America’s safest cities with a highly educated population.

In 1986, as Gilbert’s population figures started to increase, Val Vista Partners completed the construction of four lakes totaling 76 acres and approximately 6 miles of shoreline. Each lake is formed in an “E-type” shape with multiple waterways extending into residential neighborhoods from a lake running one quarter to one third mile in length. Completing the build-out of Val Vista Lakes’ 900 acres took approximately ten years. Water from the Salt River Project irrigation canal was used to fill the lakes. Storm water now provides recharge to Val Vista Lakes. The quality of the water is maintained by an air injection, aeration/mixing system.

An active lifestyle is made easier with the outstanding facilities available to Val Vista Lakes residents. Biking and hiking trails wind their way through four neighborhood parks. You will find families rooting on their favorite team at Spinnaker Bay Park where a ball field, basketball court and playground offer non-stop fun. Emerald Bay Park and Discovery Park provide soccer fields and playgrounds with Anchor Point Park providing a children’s playground.

Val Vista Lakes Clubhouse provides a wide selection of exercise and entertainment options. Meeting rooms and banquet facilities are open to residents for clubs and community events. Fitness centers include an eight-court tennis complex, indoor racquetball courts, exercise equipment, and spa. Swimmers will enjoy the junior Olympic swimming pool for leisurely laps or competitive meets. Nearby, the sandy beaches of a swimming lagoon add a touch of the tropics to the desert southwest.

Each lake in Val Vista Lakes is large enough for boating. Pontoon boats are often used for parties and small sailboats are popular forms of relaxation and entertainment. Power boats are prohibited on this “no wake” lake. Fishing is permitted, although the lakes were built more for aesthetics than for testing your fishing skills.

Anglers will want to drive about 60 miles northeast of Val Vista Lakes to Theodore Roosevelt Lake in Tonto National Forest. At 19,199 acres, Theodore Roosevelt Lake is the largest reservoir entirely within the boundaries of Arizona. This haven for fishing enthusiasts is home to crappie, carp, sunfish, flathead, channel catfish, smallmouth bass and largemouth bass. Numerous boat ramps are available along the 112-mile shoreline.

Tonto National Forest covers almost three million acres of land stretching from the Sonoran Desert to the high plateaus of the Mogollon Rim. Over 900 miles of hiking, biking and equestrian trails are found within the park. The Forest Service provides maps and published rules for those interested in locating ATV roads and recreational shooting sites. Multiple scenic byways provide excellent day trips for residents of Val Vista Lakes. Those interested in wildlife viewing won’t want to miss the Rocky Mountain Canada geese wintering in Roosevelt Lake Wildlife Viewing Area. Wetland and open water are alive with herons, cormorants, willow flycatchers, bald eagles, ospreys, yellow-billed cuckoo, hooded oriole and summer tanager. With a little luck visitors may catch a glimpse of a deer, black bear, javelina, coyote, gray fox, bobcat or mountain lion wandering through the area.

For a true taste of the old west Val Vista Lakes residents can drive approximately 70 miles northwest to Wickenburg, Arizona. Touted as one of America’s “true west towns,” Wickenburg captures a glimpse of life as it was in the old west. Come for their Gold Rush Days, tour historic mining camps, ride the ranches or view exhibits at the western museum. Here you can immerse yourself in the culture of the old west while still enjoying an assortment of specialty stores and restaurants in their historic downtown.

If the city is more your style, residents of Val Vista Lakes will find all the conveniences and services of Phoenix only 20 miles to the northwest. Now the fifth largest city in the United States, Phoenix is home to professional sporting teams, world-class golf courses, nationally recognized museums, botanical gardens and a local zoo. An irresistible assortment of shops, restaurants and services are all within easy driving distance of Val Vista Lakes.

Part of Arizona’s Phoenix & Central Arizona Tourism Region, Val Vista Lakes is a distinctive community where the desert is redefined as a lakeside paradise. Planned with luxury and leisure in mind, Val Vista Lakes’ real estate properties and occasional vacation rentals offer residents and visitors more than a place to call home. Come to Val Vista Lakes and experience the ultimate in lakeside fine living.

Things to do at Val Vista Lakes

  • Vacation Rentals
  • Fishing
  • Boating
  • Sailing
  • Swimming
  • Swimming Pool
  • Beach
  • Golf
  • Tennis
  • Hiking
  • Biking
  • Horseback Riding
  • Wildlife Viewing
  • Birding
  • National Forest
  • Museum
  • Playground

Fish species found at Val Vista Lakes

  • Bass
  • Black Bass
  • Carp
  • Catfish
  • Channel Catfish
  • Crappie
  • Largemouth Bass
  • Smallmouth Bass
  • Sunfish

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    Trophic State | LakeLubbers

    Trophic State measures the level of algae and nutrients in a lake.

    An oligotrophic lake is very clear (blue in color) and does not support much plant or fish life. A hyper-oligotrophic lake is the clearest of all lakes, and is nearly devoid of plants and fish.

    A mesotrophic lake is slightly green and supports a moderate degree of plant and fish life. A lake's most desired trophic state is generally this mid-point - the mesotrophic state.

    A eutrophic lake is somewhat murky and supports a large amount of plant and fish life. A hypereutrophic lake is clouded with algae, plant life, and fish life. A eutrophic or hyper-eutrophic lake can be difficult to navigate by boat - and is often an unpleasant place to swim.

    The use of phosphorus-rich and nitrogen-rich fertilizer on lawns and golf courses surrounding a lake can cause it to become eutrophic or hypereutrophic.


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    Catchment or Drainage Area | LakeLubbers

    This is the surrounding area that drains into a lake, including land, rivers and their tributaries. This is also known as the lake's "catchment basin".

    Small lakes at the highest peaks of mountains have small drainage areas. The world's oceans have the largest drainage areas.


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    This is the estimated number of people who live in a house with a view of a lake, plus those who self-describe the lake as their home, for example: "I live at Smith Mountain Lake."


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    Water Residence Time | LakeLubbers

    This is the estimated time that it takes for an amount of water equal to the entire volume of a lake to flow out of - or evaporate from - the lake.

    Residence Time can be as short as a few days for fast-flowing small lakes, and can exceed 100 years for slow-flowing large lakes.


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    Completion Year | LakeLubbers

    This is the year that a reservoir was first filled to the reservoir's normal elevation - or the year that a natural lake was first dammed. A large reservoir can take more than a year to fill after its dam is first closed.

    The Grand Anicut in southern India is generally considered the world's oldest dam that still operates. Grand Anicut was constructed in the second century BC. It now impounds an irrigation network that includes roughly one million acres.

    You can find many of the the world's newest reservoirs on LakeLubbers. Many of the world's oldest reservoirs appear on the last page of that list.


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    Water Volume | LakeLubbers

    This is the estimated volume of water that a lake contains -- measured at the lake's normal elevation. By this measure, the world's largest freshwater lake is Siberia's Lake Baikal.

    You can find many of the the world's largest lakes (by water volume) on LakeLubbers.

    Water Volume can be measured in acre-feet, in cubic miles, or in cubic kilometers. One acre-foot is the amount of water needed to cover one acre (43,560 square feet) to a depth of one foot. One cubic mile equals 3,379,200 acre-feet. One cubic kilometer equals 810,713 acre-feet.

    1 acre-foot is equal to 325,851 US gallons. Siberia's Lake Baikal contains about 6,276,367,740,000,000 gallons of freshwater - nearly 1 million gallons for every living person on earth.

    The other - and more widely used - measure of a lake's size is the lake's surface acreage. By that measure, the world's largest freshwater lake is North America's Lake Superior.


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    Maximum Depth | LakeLubbers

    This is the estimated greatest depth of the water in a lake -- measured at the lake's normal elevation. The world's deepest lake is Siberia's Lake Baikal; that lake's maximum depth is estimated at 5,314 feet.

    You can find many of the the world's deepest lakes on LakeLubbers. If you select the last page of that list, you will find the (maximum depth of) the shallowest lakes in our database.


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    Average Depth | LakeLubbers

    This is the estimated average depth of the water in a lake -- measured at the lake's normal elevation. If the water volume and surface area of a lake are known, an estimate of the lake's average depth can be calculated:

    Water volume ÷ Surface Area = Average Depth

    Example: 1,000,000 acre-feet ÷ 20,000 acres = 50 feet average depth


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    Maximum Elevation | LakeLubbers

    This is a lake's highest water level, measured by the lake's surface distance above sea level, that can occur during flooding. A lake's highest possible maximum elevation is usually the top of the lake's dam or spillway.

    At lakes that include residential development, government regulations usually forbid the construction of homes below a lake's maximum elevation.


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    Minimum Elevation | LakeLubbers

    This is a lake's lowest water level, measured by the lake's surface distance above sea level, that can be reasonably expected to occur. Low lake levels can occur due to deliberate seasonal draw downs for irrigation or impending snow melt, reduced water inflows, drought and evaporation, residential or commercial water demands, and hydropower generation.

    Some lakes' minimum and maximum elevations are virtually the same. Lakes that generate hydropower may vary by several feet - according to power demand. Lakes whose primary purpose is to prevent flooding can seasonally vary by 100 feet or more.

    When some lakes reach their minimum elevation, their boat ramps may not be long enough to permit boat access - and boats docked on shallow parts of the lake may end up on dry ground. In those cases, kayakers and shore-based anglers may be among the few happy recreational users of the lake.


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    Normal Elevation | LakeLubbers

    This is a lake's normal water level, measured by the lake's surface distance above sea level. For a reservoir, this water level is also known as "full pond" or "full pool".

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    Shoreline Length | LakeLubbers

    This is the length of the exterior shoreline around a lake - measured at the lake's normal elevation. The shoreline length can be considerably shorter or longer when lake water levels are lower or higher than normal.

    A lake with many coves has a much longer shoreline than a lake of similar surface area that is nearly circular in shape.

    When known, the shoreline miles that we report in our statistics include only the lake's exterior shoreline, and exclude the shorelines of islands located within a lake's boundaries. In lakes with many islands, those islands' combined shorelines may exceed a lake's exterior shoreline.

    You can find many of the world's longest-shoreline lakes on Lakelubbers.


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    Surface Area | LakeLubbers

    This is the area (acreage, square kilometers, etc.) of the top surface area of a lake - measured at a lake's normal elevation. The surface area can be considerably smaller or larger when lake levels are lower or higher than normal. North America's Lake Superior is the world's largest freshwater lake by this measure.

    The other measure of a lake's size is the lake's water volume. By that measure, the world's largest freshwater lake is Lake Baikal in Siberia.

    You can find many of the world's largest lakes (acres) on Lakelubbers. There is no widely-accepted minimum surface area that defines a lake. What Lakelubbers describes as a lake, you might call a pond. The smallest lake that Lakelubbers currently includes is Hawaii's 2-acre Lake Waiau.


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    Water Level Control | LakeLubbers

    This is the organization that controls water releases or outflows from the lake or reservoir. In the USA, this is often the US Army Corps of Engineers, a power company, a municipal water system, an irrigation district, or a paper manufacturing company. In the case of private or gated lakes, a homeowners' association may be the lake's controlling authority.

    Many lakes cross borders, including North America's Great Lakes. The control of such lakes and their coveted freshwater may be amicably shared - or hotly disputed.

    "Water wars" continue at many lakes as growing populations and crop irrigation needs compete for the freshwater that lakes contain.


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    Lake Type | LakeLubbers

    There are 3 basic types of lakes that are currently included on LakeLubbers. 2 types may be dammed or not dammed, producing 5 classifications.

    - A Reservoir is a man-made freshwater lake that is usually created by damming rivers.

    - A Natural Freshwater Lake occurs naturally - often by glacial activity - and has a salinity of less than 30 parts per thousand. It may be dammed to produce electricity or for other reasons.

    - A Natural Saltwater Lake occurs naturally and has a salinity of more than 30 parts per thousand (ppt). It may be dammed.

    "Brackish" water may be categorized as freshwater or saltwater, depending on its salt content (salinity). Oligohaline water has less than 15 ppt of salt. Mesohaline water has 15-29 ppt. Polyhaline has 30-335 ppt.


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