Lake Pleasant

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Lake Pleasant

Arizona

(602) 372-7460

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Overview

One of the most scenic water recreation areas in the "Valley of the Sun," this northwest Valley park is a recreationist's dream. The park offers many activities, such as camping, boating, fishing, swimming, hiking, picnicking, and wildlife viewing. At the Lake Pleasant Visitor Center, guests learn about the history of the area and desert wildlife. Step out onto the balcony surrounding the Visitor Center to get a beautiful view of Lake Pleasant and an up-close look at Waddell Dam. The breathtaking views offer visitors a great place to relax, whether it is from a boat or shoreline picnic site.

Map of Lake Pleasant

Latitude, Longitude: 33.874006, -112.275680

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Activities

  • Boating

    Lake Pleasant Regional Park offers two boat launching ramps: 4-lane and 10-lane. Both ramps have restroom facilities, paved parking lots, and are functional to a water elevation of 1,600 feet. The 10-lane parking area allows for 480 vehicles, 355 vehicles with trailers, and 124 cars. The 4-lane ramp is located at the north end of the lake and the parking area allows for 112 vehicles with boat trailers.

  • Bicycling

    Lake Pleasant has over 4 miles of trails. Contact the park for information on bike trails.

  • Camping

    Lake Pleasant Regional Park offers 148 sites for RV and tent camping. Each "Developed Site" has water, electricity, dump station, a covered ramada, a picnic table, a barbecue grill and fire ring. Each "Semi-developed Site" and tent site has a covered ramada, a picnic table, a barbecue grill and fire ring. Restroom and shower facilities are available at both types of campsites. All sites in the campground are available on a first-come, first-served basis.

    Desert Tortoise Campground has 76 campsites, 25 Developed Sites, 41 Semi-developed Sites, and 10 tent sites.

    Roadrunner Campground and Picnic Area offers 72 sites for RV and tent camping. All sites are Developed.

    Large groups can reserve the Desert Tortoise Group Campground. The Group Campground includes a parking area for RVs, picnic tables, and ramadas. The use of this area is by reservation only and requires a commitment of 10 units.

    Lake Pleasant Regional Park also has shoreline/primitive camping during most of the year, depending on water levels.

  • Hiking

    Lake Pleasant Regional Park offers over four miles of trails for pedestrain use only. Park trails range in length from .5 mile to 2 miles and moderate in difficulty.

    The Pipeline Canyon Trail is the designated hiking trail at Lake Pleasant Regional Park. A floating bridge has been installed to connect the trail during high water levels.

    The Visitor Center Trail is a half-mile, easy trail which connects the Roadrunner Campground to the Visitor Center. This trail has interconnecting loops and some interpretive signage which makes it an ideal hike for visitors to stroll about, while enjoying the desert. Access to the Visitor Center Trail is from the northwest corner of the Visitor Center parking lot.

    The Roadrunner Trail is a scenic 1.5-mile trail which overlooks Lake Pleasant and links the Visitor Center with picnic areas A, B, and the 10-lane boat ramp. There are a number of smaller trails that lead to the lake from the Roadrunner Trail. Access to the Roadrunner Trail is from the northeast corner of the Visitor Center parking lot.

  • Picnicking

    Lake Pleasant Regional Park offers two group picnic areas for large group picnics, weddings, birthday parties, and office parties. The ramadas all have lights, electrical outlets, cement slabs, large grills and parking areas nearby.

    These ramadas can be reserved for a fee in four-hour increments. To schedule a group picnic, contact the Events Coordinator at 602-372-7460 ext. 200. If not marked as reserved, they are available on a first-come, first-served basis.

    Ramada A - located between the 10-lane boat ramp and Roadrunner campground. 4 picnic tables with barbecue grills and 9 adjoining tables.

    Ramada B - located between the 10-lane boat ramp and Roadrunner campground. 4 tables with 8 adjoining tables. The adjoining tables do not have grills. This area allows parking for 28 vehicles, including one accessible parking space. Drinking water and restrooms are available in this area.

    Desert Tortoise Day Use Area - located at the end of Desert Tortoise Road off of South Park Road. 10 covered picnic tables with grills. Drinking water and restrooms are available in this area; parking for 14 vehicles and one accessible parking space.

    Cottonwood Day Use Area - located at the North Entrance. 23 picnic tables and barbecue grills; no covered picnic tables. Drinking water and restrooms are available in this area; parking for 25 vehicles and one accessible parking space. Open from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m.

  • Water Sports

    The Arizona Game and Fish Commission began to stock fish in Lake Pleasant Regional Park after the building of the main dam and completion of the diversion dam. To date, Lake Pleasant is home to 12 species of fish:

    * White Bass * Striped Bass * Large Mouth Bass * Bluegill * White Crappie * Black Crappie * Bigmouth Buffalo Fish * Channel Catfish * Flathead Catfish * Green Sunfish * Redear Sunfish * Tilapia

    Every year, Lake Pleasant Regional Park hosts several fishing tournaments. A fishing license is required and may be obtained at most sporting goods stores or through the Arizona Game and Fish department.

Directions

Driving

From central Phoenix, take I-17 north to Carefree Highway (SR 74). Exit Carefree Hwy. and travel west 15 miles to Castle Hot Spring Road. Travel north to Lake Pleasant Regional Park entrance.

Flying

Closest airport is Phoenix, AZ.

Phone Numbers

Primary

(602) 372-7460

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