Affiliate - Advertising Disclosure

We're Karen and Bill - and we want to be crystal clear about our role in affiliate marketing here. Indeed, our all-encompassing goal is to be the most helpful, informative internet marketers that we can possibly be - and the best available for your needs in experiencing the Southwest's Waterways: lakes, rivers, streams and more. That is why we make free content and downloads available on

We're providing this Affiliate and Advertising disclosure to be in compliance and provide transparency for visitors of This website is our personal site. [For more on who we are - See our About Us Page.] Our main purpose is to provide you with great information about appreciating and enjoying lakes in the southwestern United States - but also the related waterways contributing/affecting to their waters: rivers, wetlands, streams, watersheds, climate & conservation. Essentially the surrounding areas and their needs.

Additionally our website accepts advertising and receives other forms of compensation.


We love living in our state of Arizona, and in the Southwest. Because we love the outdoors, camping, lakeside and riverside activities, etc. - we like to recommend to others relevant products which we have tried and found to be excellent. These are from companies we have personally bought from and trust in terms of their high quality products, cost-effective pricing, efficiency and personal service. 

Those that we haven’t used are carefully researched and vetted, possibly tested, so we can believe in them to ensure a high quality experience for visitors to our website. We hope our visitors will enjoy the same types of relevant products that we have used, or that we find to recommend for them.

Some of these companies have an "affiliate plan" of which we are a member.  This means that when we recommend a product and provide a link to buy it, we receive a small commission whenever someone clicks through to the supplier and buys. Although not all links on this website are affiliate links, you should assume that all links that leave this website and take you to another website are affiliate links - if they immediately get to a way to purchase a product. You should expect that we will earn a commission if you follow links from our site and make a purchase.

But importantly, this does not involve any additional cost to you, the customer, our website visitor.

Not every business we recommend, speak about, or buy from ourselves has an affiliate plan. Some products or businesses we recommend or sell products from, we may not make money from. We simply recommend them because they're good quality and have a fit for our website purpose. 

We always have our "Affiliate Disclaimer" statement on our pages, as most have some products that have our affiliate links. The Affiliate Disclaimer is there to be transparent for the fact that we use Affiliate marketing to provide income to fund the needs of maintaining this website.

We want to make sure it is clear that this website is indeed a for-profit venture and we want you to know exactly how income is generated from this website and why.

More Recommendation Reasons

We have traveled throughout the southwestern U.S. We may provide links to, or some info on such subjects if they relate to the subject matter of

Some of the companies with paid links may include travel companies which we believe provide great experiences. We offer this because we love to travel - and getting to the southwest, may include travel for you as well. We believe they may help find deals on something for your upcoming trip. is one example, as we use this source for all of our own travel - for anywhere we go. In fact the more you use it, the more you save!

This is just one of the ways we provide additional options, so you can have fun but also save a little money in the process.

Another thing to note:

We Do Not Sell Anyone's Personal Information From This Website

Where Does the Money Earned Go?

The money from affiliate sales helps us to keep the content information on this website free to visitors to the site.

We also donate a portion of earnings to some Non-profit Organizations which have a special meaning for us, especially as citizens concerned with our community and state. They include:

  • Friends of the San Pedro River
  • Arizona Game & Fish
  • And occasionally others


From time to time, we inform our newsletter readers about purchase offers within our website. We may on occasion recommend to our newsletter readers certain products, activities, or places to go, related to affiliate promotions or agreements. We do this because of the value, our own experience, and/or our belief in the quality of the offer. 

We use Mailer Lite as our marketing automation platform. By clicking our sign-up order form, the person is acknowledging that the information provided will be transferred to Mailer Lite for processing in accordance with their Privacy Policy and terms of use.


Companies with which We have an Affiliate Arrangement are as follows:

  • Google Ad-sense
  • Share-A-Sale
  • Site Build It

Amazon Statement

Special Statement About Amazon Products:

As an Amazon Associate we earn from qualifying purchases.

We love to read! We really love to read about the southwestern U.S., its recreation areas, its odd quirks, its history, historical characters, and other related travel and history books. So we purchase many books from Amazon. We're always able to find what we want on their site, so we recommend them because we enjoy buying books from them also.

You Pay the Same

Remember - Pricing is the Same

All of the products recommended on are also the same prices as if you were to find them on your own. They are not priced higher in order for us to get a commission. If you make a purchase, you pay the same, either way.

Google Ads

"Ads by Google" are not selected by us. We are a Google ad affiliate, by using Google AdWords, to allow placement by them of a variety of ads on our website.

If you see a Google ad and a Web page or boxed alternative ad about the same product or service, the Google ad placement there is a coincidence. Please remember that "Ads by Google" are not selected by us.

Your Support is Appreciated

The compensation earned from this site does not influence the information provided within this site. We've lived in Arizona, and the southwest U.S., for many years. Therefore we know quite a bit about the wonderful things to do, and wonderful areas to visit. We also want to ensure you have the right information at your fingertips. If you're visiting, we want you to really enjoy your journey to this awesome part of the country.

Our goal is to provide you with quick and easy access to great southwestern lakes, rivers, streams and wetland information, and related details, whether it is compensation based or not. We always provide honest opinions, findings, beliefs, or experiences since we want to ensure you enjoy our website experience and continue to come back for additional information and recommendations.

We appreciate your consideration of any of our suggestions. We enjoy creating this website for you - which does take some time and effort to deliver original content, free, to you.

Finally, We Conclude...

We send you much appreciation for your support - any that you give. Whether it's just browsing and reading our webpages, viewing some of the ads, sharing/liking us on Social Media, or actually making purchases.

Our integrity, our website, the products SW Lakes USA sells, and above all, your satisfaction are very important to us.  If you have any questions or comments about this disclosure or about any of the products on this website, please don't hesitate to contact us on our Contact Form>

Thank you very much!