After nearly five months of inactivity because of lowered lake levels and maintenance work at Mormon Flat and Horse Mesa dams, Canyon Lake will spring back to life Saturday with a grand re-opening celebration event from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, March 1.
Visitors to the celebration will see the lake and all its activities back in business, including a reconfigured Canyon Lake Marina, a renovated Dolly Steamboat, currently celebrating its 25th anniversary, and improvements at the Canyon Lake Lakeside Restaurant, which has remained open during the drawdown period while in its 20th year of business.
The celebration will include activities and displays, including a helicopter from the Maricopa County Sheriff's Office, a water-safety booth from Salt River Project, Smokey Bear and Woodsy Owl from the U.S. Forest Service and a return of two small animals to the wild by the Adobe Wildlife Rehabilitation Center.
There will also be Dutch oven cooking celebrations, 200 free hot dogs provided by the Lakeside Restaurant, a car club exhibit by Desert Kustoms, a history booth by Superstition Mountain Museum and free watercraft safety inspections by the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary. Coastie the Coast Guard and Dewey the SRP water mascot will also be present.
Following a re-opening ribbon cutting, the Dolly Steamboat will have a 10 a.m. kickoff cruise followed by tours at noon, 2 p.m. and 5:30 p.m., with dinner and sky-gazing tours also scheduled.
There also will be a Little Miss Dolly contest for girls ages 5 to 10 in Victorian dress. For more information, call (480) 827-9144.