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Address: 16802 North East Hwy 88, Torilla Flats, Apache Junction, AZ 85219
Phone Number: 480-827-9144
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Description: If you want to spend a relaxing afternoon or evening looking at the...
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.
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We were blessed to go on this cruise on a beautiful 80 degree April day. As others have noted, the scenery is spectacular. We sat in the back of the lower level...open air and... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed April 24, 2015
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New Ulm, MN
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137 reviews 137 reviews
55 attraction reviews
100 helpful votes 100 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2015 NEW

We were blessed to go on this cruise on a beautiful 80 degree April day. As others have noted, the scenery is spectacular. We sat in the back of the lower level...open air and shaded. It was a little difficult to see but we went from side to side as we pleased and appreciated the shade. It was also a... More 

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Phoenix, Arizona
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23 reviews 23 reviews
6 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2015

I was invited to go on this boat not knowing anything about it beforehand. I am happy to report this is a great trip! We live in Phoenix AZ. It’s a LONG drive to the boat not because of the distance but once you get off the interstate you must drive through smaller areas. The road going to the lake... More 

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New Berlin, Wisconsin
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12 reviews 12 reviews
4 attraction reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2015

The drive to get here is quite an adventure, and not for the faint of heart, but once you arrive, get ready to relax! Like others say, reservations are highly recommended. It truly is a delightful cruise. The scenery is second to none, with Bald Eagle and Big-Horn Sheep sightings fairly common, and the lake itself and surrounding bluffs are... More 

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Orangeville, Canada
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28 reviews 28 reviews
6 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2015

Great for families of all ages. You need to reserve in advance or risk not getting on. Be there early to get tickets (they recommend 30 min...If you want to eat after BUSY restaurant, allow at least an hour on top of that. Drive through the mountains to get to the marina is gorgeous and windy. Tour itself was beautiful... More 

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Collingwood, Canada
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72 reviews 72 reviews
15 attraction reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2015

This tour was recommended to us so we gathered six friends and made the reservations. Reservations are a very good idea since this cruise is very popular. Seats are on a first come first serve basis so get to the gate at least 30 minutes early. There are lots of seats but most are inside the cabin and views could... More 

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Centreville, Michigan
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19 reviews 19 reviews
12 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 3, 2015

We took this tour on recommendations of many others and were very pleased. We saw eagle, big horn sheep and spectacular rocks. You will enjoy this !!! If you have time, have a beer at Tortilla Flats and take a drive up Apache Trail to Roosevelt Dam.

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Toronto
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45 reviews 45 reviews
10 attraction reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2015

This is a delightful way to spend an 1.5 hours on a sunny afternoon. This venue does sell out so reservations are recommended. Even with a full boat it did not seem crowded. Great views of Canyon Lake and we also saw bighorn sheep. It also accommodates wheelchairs.

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Cedar Falls, Iowa
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8 reviews 8 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2015

The boat is comfortable but basic. The food and drink was cheap and of ordinary quality. The views and the overall beauty of the lake, mountains and animals seen was fantastic. This is a great trip and one that you can do more than one time. Go with family, visitors or friends. You will enjoy it time and time again.

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Traverse City, Michigan
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32 reviews 32 reviews
9 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2015

We have ridden the Dolly twice: once on an afternoon cruise with friends which was very enjoyable. The second time was the Twilight cruise with Dr Sky. The second cruise in particular was memorable because of the canyons' colors in the evening, the sighting of a bald eagle on top of a multistory pinnacle, very tasty food, and the ever... More 

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Becker, Minnesota
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103 reviews 103 reviews
16 attraction reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2015

The mountain drive to this location is very scenic and twisty. The boat ride is relaxing and beautiful. The guide and captain pointed out a bald eagle and some big horns. It takes an hour and a half to go up the lake and turn around. Make sure to get reservations ahead of time and get there early to check... More 

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