Lake Serena, Then & Now

Lake Serena is a 42-acre man-made lake with approximately five miles of shoreline.  It was developed jointly by Scottsdale Ranch Partnership, City of Scottsdale, Maricopa County and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. The lake is part of the Indian Bend flood control system, a flood control for run-off water from the McDowell Mountains.  The groundwater comes from a deep well located on Scottsdale Ranch. 

Today Lake Serena offers Scottsdale Ranch residents varied boating and fishing activities, enabling them to fully enjoy the benefits of the Arizona climate.   Yearly lake events are held for residents, such as Lake Fest and The Holiday Boat Light Parade.  The SRCA also offers residents pontoon boat rides and recreational boat rentals.

Pontoon Boat Rides

The SRCA Pontoon Boat “Lady Serena” is available for Scottsdale Ranch residents to hire as follows:

1 Hour Pontoon Ride $35
2 Hour Pontoon Ride $50
45 Minute Holiday Rides $30 (Thanksgiving to New Years)
1 Complimentary Ride available every 24 months for Scottsdale Ranch homeowners.

  • Seats up to 9 Passengers
  • Driver Provided
  • Food & Beverages Permitted
  • No Pets Allowed

A minimum of 7 days’ notice is required for reservations.

  • A completed rental agreement & homeowner’s insurance declaration page along with any payments are required no less than 7 days in advance of the booking date.
  • SRCA residents who are renting properties are required to provide an SRCA lease agreement form that has been signed & completed by the homeowner, as well as a copy of their renter’s insurance prior to any rentals.

To request a reservation for a Pontoon Boat Ride, please call (480) 860-2022 or email lquesal@scottsdaleranch.org.

Kayaks, Canoe , & Paddle Boat

The following non-motorized recreational boats are available for residents, free-of-charge from the SRCA:

2 x Single Kayaks
2 x Double Kayaks
1 x Paddle Boat
1 x Canoe

  • A completed rental agreement & homeowner’s insurance declaration page along with any payments are required no less than 7 days in advance of the booking date.
  • SRCA residents who are renting properties are required to provide an SRCA lease agreement form that has been signed & completed by the homeowner, as well as a copy of their renter’s insurance prior to any rentals.

 

To request a reservation for any of the SRCA rec boats, please call (480) 860-2022 or email lquesal@scottsdaleranch.org.

Fishing on Lake Serena

Lake Serena is stocked twice a year with many kinds of fish, including the following:

  • Bass
  • Catfish
  • Crappie
  • Blue Gill
  • White Amur

 

Fishing Regulations

  1. Fishing for Members of Scottsdale Ranch and their Residents and guests is permitted from Scottsdale Ranch waterfront areas and properly registered boats.
  2. Lakefront Residents may fish from their own private property.
  3. A Lake Serena membership card must be in the possession of Members while fishing.
  4. Catch and release of all fish from the lake is strongly suggested.
  5. Each Member, Resident, or guest, with a valid Lake Serena ID card, is permitted to take a total of three (3) fish per day for their own consumption.
  6. Fishing is to be done with no more than two lines per person and no more than two hooks per line.  Unattended lines are prohibited.
  7. Cleaning of fish at the lake area is prohibited.

Residential Boating Guidelines

Only registered watercraft are permitted on Lake Serena and are required to be moored to an approved dock when not in use.  The beaching of watercraft is not permitted.  Anchors, weights or other devices are not permitted to make contact with the lake bottom.  Any member who fails to adhere to this policy shall be notified in writing by SRCA of the infraction and the watercraft must be removed immediately.  Failure to comply may result in removal and storage of the watercraft by SRCA, with the owner accepting full responsibility for all expenses incurred in the removal and storage and/or imposition of fines.

Boat Identification

  • A SRCA boat identification sticker is required to be displayed on all Members’ boats while on Lake Serena.  The sticker can be obtained from the SRCA Community Center at no charge.
  • All watercraft must be identified by a manufacturer’s Hull number.

Boat Sticker Application

Boating Regulations

    1. Boats may only be powered by a conventional battery-operated motor.
    2. It is recommended that lifejackets be worn by those in boats at all times.
    3. A Lake Serena ID card must be in the possession of the Member using the lake.
    4. Watercraft operating during the hours from sunset to sunrise is required to display navigation lights.  Small boats shall display a steady white light.

SRCA Lake Card Application

Boat Size

The size and types of boats are subject to restrictions by the SRCA. The width and height of all boats must be able to safely navigate through the channels and under the bridges of Lake Serena. Boats shall not exceed 21’ in length. Members and guests assume all responsibility for their own safety while on Lake Serena.

Watercraft Policy

(CC&Rs, Article IV, Section 4(f), Page 25)

“Unless otherwise approved in writing by the Board, only the following types of boats and watercraft shall be allowed in any Lake Area:  power boats operated by the Association for maintenance, safety, or other community purposes; sailboats; canoes; paddle boats; and electrical or battery operated boats.  Except for power boats operated by the Association, no gasoline or other combustible powered boats shall be permitted on any Lake Area.  The size of all boats and watercraft shall be subject to restriction by the Board.  All boats and watercraft must be registered with the Association and must bear identification numbers as assigned by the Association.  All boats, watercraft, and the equipment thereon shall not be allowed to be in disrepair.”

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SRCA Lake Card

All Members of Scottsdale Ranch may apply for a Lake Serena ID Card at no charge.   Two guests per Member in attendance are permitted.  The card must be in the Member’s possession when using the lake and Members without Lake Serena cards will be asked to vacate the area until proper identification is obtained.  SRCA personnel will make every attempt to monitor Lake Serena’s use as much as possible; however, the Scottsdale Police Department should be contacted regarding trespassing. It is strongly recommended that all children be accompanied by an adult when fishing or visiting the lake area.

In order to take advantage of all that Lake Serena has to offer, residents are required to register for a Lake Pass.

SRCA Lake Card Application