Hello Dolly

Dolly Steamboat that is!


What a great way to spend a lazy afternoon on the water of Canyon Lake here in beautiful Arizona.

The Dolly Steamboat Cruise is, as the information packet states, “a cruise of Geological and Natural wonder. The Dolly plies the secluded inner waterways of spectacular Canyon Lake and is considered Arizona’s Jr. Grand Canyon. ”

Before we boarded the Dolly, Bill and I enjoyed lunch at the lakeside restaurant.


Then, we made our way down to the dock area and watched all the boats coming and going on the lake.


When it was finally time to board the Dolly, we were lucky enough to get the first table inside the only air-conditioned part of the Dolly. This made the cruise even more relaxing because the temperature at the lake was 110 degrees. Our table overlooked the bow of the steamboat, and even better, we were seated right next to our Captain, Jeff.


Once the Dolly was on its way, we enjoyed Captain Jeff’s narration of all the lake has to offer. We were amazed by the wondrous formations created by a violent volcanic past. We listened as Captain Jeff recounted the legends and lore of the Mysterious Superstition Mountains and Historic Apache Trail. We saw a bald eagle, perched high on the side of a soaring cliff.


The bald eagle is hard to see with the naked eye, but he is the dark spot about a third of the way from the top, and almost in the center of the picture.


We also saw four bighorn sheep walking along the side of a cliff’s edge. It’s amazing how they can jump from rock to rock along those cliffs without falling.

All among the cliffs are natural made caves.


There are many natural rock formations, some, which require you to stretch your imagination to grasp, and some that are very easy to spot, like this elephant. Do you see his trunk, eye, ear, and legs?


Captain Jeff told us if we have any trouble seeing any of the figures within the natural rock formations, they offer beer, wine, and spirits to help us along with that. Ha!

We learned that there are camp sites all along the lake that are accessible only by boat and that have a two-week stay limit per visit.


As we cruised the lake, we saw many other people out enjoying their boats, jet ski’s, and all sorts of other water crafts.


In addition, Canyon Lake offers plenty of shaded lake side picnic areas for family and friends to come and just enjoy the day and all the beautiful lake has to offer.


The Dolly offers seating at tables for up to 135 passengers with abundant room to move about. I was surprised to learn that the Dolly can also be charted for Private Parties, Astronomy Cruises, Company Outings-Meetings-Parties, Weddings and Receptions, Christmas & Birthday Parties etc. I can only imagine how much FUN, FUN, FUN all that would be for me and 135 of my closest friends… 🙂 Who knew?

The Dolly Steamboat Cruise was truly a fun-filled way to spend a lazy, relaxing, afternoon, and we will be back!

Stay Tuned!

4 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. gotham girl
    Aug 31, 2014 @ 20:18:45

    So happy you two enjoyed such a beautiful experience!! Love you! more!


  2. katsbynp
    Sep 06, 2014 @ 23:58:31

    That truly sounds like a wonderful ride. I did see the elephant. Thanks for sharing the wonderful day. XoXo


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