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Dolly Steamboat

16802 North East Hwy 88, Apache Junction, AZ 85219
480-827-9144
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Type: Bodies of Water
Owner description: If you want to spend a relaxing afternoon or evening looking at the beautiful flora and fauna of the lower Sonoran Desert, consider a cruise on the... more » Owner description: If you want to spend a relaxing afternoon or evening looking at the beautiful flora and fauna of the lower Sonoran Desert, consider a cruise on the secluded inner waterways of the Junior Grand Canyon on Canyon Lake. We offer narrated nature cruises, twilight dinner cruises and astronomy cruises. « less
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2014 NEW

I took my mom on the Twilight Dinner Cruise for her 74th birthday. We had an amazing time! Captain Jeff, John & Heather were the best hosts and were so friendly and welcoming. The catered dinner was indescribable...beyond fantastic. Between the hospitality, the food & the beautiful scenery, we had one of the best experiences in our lives. My mom... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2014

The tour was better than I anticipated. The views were stunning and it was a good way to spend a few of the hottest hours of the day. There was a nice breeze once the boat began moving and there is air conditioning inside. The sound system made some of the captain's comments hard to hear. It was billed as... More

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Gilbert, AZ
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014

This trip was highlighted by watching desert bighorn sheep fighting each other high on the rock ledges while a ewe waited for the winner. Although they pointed out where eagles had been there were none currently, hopefully they will be back. The captain narrated the trip and pointed out some of the rocks that were named for various people or... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014

Overall, a very relaxing and scenic experience, especially in the summer, for around $22 per person. The paddleboat does a slow scenic cruise along the shoreline where the captain is on the lookout for wildlife along the shores or hanging from the cliffs. There is a narration during the cruise. Food and drinks are cash only. It is nice to... More

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Apache Junction, Arizona
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2014

Great trip for Arizona visitors to see the spectacular Canyon Lake. It's a slow paced, relaxing cruise through the lake with the captain stopping to show points of interest and point out the wildlife on the mountain sides as you go. You could see numerous mountain goats and eagles, etc. You can sit indoors or outdoors and they have drinks... More

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Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2014

It was a nice ride on Canyon Lake. The captain narrates the trip and shows points of interest. There is plenty of wildlife to look for including eagles, sheep, waterfowl etc. We appropriated the various seating options; indoor or outdoor seating with protective covering or no covering. Our preteen girls liked it and didn't become "bored" with the experience. The... More

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Apache Junction, Arizona
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 5, 2014

If you have not visit Apache Junction lately you are in for some real treats. Our Historic Highway 88 which leads to the Roosevelt Dam and is the bane to some drivers also leads to our beautiful lakes. All 3 lakes are man made and are fed by the Salt River. The Dolly cruises on the first lake so you... More

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Duncan, British Columbia, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2014

This excursion exceeded our expectations. We went with another couple and all thoroughly enjoyed the tour of Canyon Lake. We sat upstairs in the indoor section for a while and then went on to the outside deck to better enjoy the magnificent scenery and Superstition Mountains. The narrator did a good job - he was informative and entertaining. The background... More

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Hereford, Arizona
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2014

Dolly Steamboat is a great way to spend a day. I got a discounted ticket from Arizona AAA and went midweek. Long ticket line and line to the boat. There is a nearby Cantina to enjoy as you wait. The actual boat ride lasts most of the afternoon as you cruise the lake with a well informed guide. We saw... More

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Tempe, Arizona, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2014

My husband & I decided to take this relaxing boat cruise (1.5 hour Nature Cruise) at noon on Memorial Day weekend. We made the reservation about 1 month in advance (we were advised at least 2-3 weeks ahead for busy weekends). The only "glitch" was waiting in line for our boarding #'s at the will call window. We arrived at... More

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