The Dolly Steamboat Brings Magic and Majesty to Canyon Lake

By Lynette Carrington

The Dolly Steamboat Brings Magic and Majesty to Canyon Lake

The Dolly Steamboat Brings Magic and Majesty to Canyon Lake

Many people in the Valley know about the Dolly Steamboat – the majestic boat that offers cruises around Canyon Lake.Arizona's World Class Cruise, the Dolly Steamboat is a gorgeous sternwheeler that transports up to 140 passengers on Canyon Lake, taking them through colorful canyons as they enjoy scenic desert vistas and beautiful wildlife. The boat in and of itself is a wonder!

The sternwheeler features an open bow and stern open for seating, according to guest preference. The boat is cooled in the summer and heated in the winter. Additionally, the upper and lower decks are enclosed for climate control and for guests’ comfort. The Dolly Steamboat is a steamboat replica powered by two diesel engines and travels at a top speed at 10 knots! Although the sternwheeler rotates and is impressive, it doesn’t actually generate power.

Owners Jeff Grimh and Cindi DeLoseur always make sure that guests are taken care of and that the Dolly Steamboat herself is in tip top shape. Grimh is continuously adding features that make the Dolly outstanding, well kept and immaculate.

Canyon Lake is on the Apache Trail and is regarded as one of Arizona's major attractions by the Convention and Visitors Bureau. The trail was actually used while the Roosevelt Dam was being built in the last century. The surrounding Superstition Mountains are home to the legendary Lost Dutchman’s Gold Mine that thousands upon thousands have been seeking for more than 100 years. There was also an amethyst mine in the nearby Four Peaks and one of the crewmembers of Dolly Steamboat displays amethyst pieces to guests that are also available for purchase at the gift shop on board!

The desert has its own brand of beauty and it surrounds the Dolly Steamboat’s guests with breathtaking views in every direction! The sun sets on the water with gorgeous hues of pink and orange. There is no sunset in Arizona as gorgeous as the one you will encounter right aboard the Dolly Steamboat. Right now, bald eagles, big horn sheep and blue heron are seen throughout the area and during the cruise.

The Dolly Steamboat Twilight Dinner Cruise is 2 ½ hours and includes a full buffet dinner as you watch the sun sink behind the cliffs and capture the desert beauty as the moon rises and the stars reveal themselves. Catering is provided by Brown Brothers Catering of Arizona the menu always includes two entrees; beef and chicken. The food alone continually receives rave reviews! Private charters are also available for just about any event. The Dolly Steamboat has full catering available for guests who need it.

Each month, there is also a very special 2 ½ hour Astronomy Cruise (including dinner) with “Dr. Sky,” Steve Kates who will give cruise guests a breakdown of the night sky and interpret the constellations in a fun and engaging way. He uses a red laser beam to point to and distinguish the stars about which he is speaking. This is the perfect time to learn more about our galaxy of stars!

For additional information on the Dolly Steamboat, cruise schedule, a photo gallery, convenient online reservations and directions to the Canyon Lake Marina, visit For any other questions or to arrange private charters or corporate events, please call (480) 827-9144.