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    Lake Pleasant Arizona.

    Lake Pleasant Arizona.
    North of Phoenix AZ.

    Lake Pleasant is the largest lake in the Greater Phoenix area located about 30 miles north of Phoenix within the city limits of Peoria, a Phoenix suburb. The lake features over 50 miles of shoreline with 10,000 acres of crystal clear water fed primarily from the Agua Fria River.

    Lake Pleasant Regional Park
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    The lake was originally created in the 1920s with the building of the "Carl" Pleasant Dam which was later renamed as Waddel Dam. A new larger dam was constructed in 1992 which tripled the size of the lake. The original dam now lies under 100 feet of water.

    Lake Pleasant is a water-lover's and boating enthusiast's paradise that includes camping, boating, house boating, sailing, water skiing, jet skiing and fishing. There are two paved boat launching ramps including a 10 lane and a 4 lane ramp. The adjacent parking lot will accommodate over 700 vehicles. The Pleasant Harbor Marina is full-service with wet slips, a convenience store, dry storage, and fuel service. They also have a boat repair center, a deli and a dockside bar. Boats are available for rent.

    Fishing At Lake Pleasant.

    Anglers have experienced trophy-size catches at the lake with a wide variety of sport fish including largemouth bass, white crappie, white bass, channel catfish, and talapia. The salt water species of striper bass were introduced to the lake as water containing striper fry and eggs is pumped into the lake from the Colorado River via the Central Arizona Project canal.

    Several creeks and washes feed into the lake and the feeding points are considered as hot fishing spots. They include Humbug Creek, Castle Creek and Cole's Wash. Although fishing can be good from the shore, it takes a boat to get to the heavy action locations. Pleasant features the best bass fishing in the area.

    Camping At Lake Pleasant.

    You donít need a boat on the water to enjoy the lake's beauty. Camping, and hiking opportunities are in abundance. Campers and picnickers can find both day and overnight campgrounds able to accommodate large and small groups as well as tents and RV parking. At the Roadrunner Campground and Picnic Area there are 72 RV sites with water and electrical hookups. Covered picnic tables, barbeque grills, restroom and shower facilities offer guests all the modern conveniences to make their time even more enjoyable. The Desert Tortoise Campground and Cottonwood Day Use Areas are open daily from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. year round. Arrangements can be made for overnight stays at both of these sites by contacting the parkís Special Events Coordinator.

    Pleasant Harbor At Lake Pleasant North of Phoenix
    Pleasant Harbor

    Lake Pleasant Harbor.

    Pleasant Harbor is the lake's only marina and boasts a five star RV Resort which features 254 full hook-up RV sites and 40 partial sites. Visitors will enjoy the clubhouse, heated pool and spa as well as boat access to the lake. Visit the Pleasant Harbor website for more information.

    Open All Year.

    Lake Pleasant is open year round. A small portion of the lake is off limits from December to about mid June so nesting eagles are not disturbed. The lake can often exceed its capacity during the busy summer months and holiday weekends resulting in some boaters and campers being turned away. Be sure to arrive early during those periods. Modest entry fees per vehicle and watercraft apply while camping and ramada rental fees vary depending upon the site.

    Directions To Lake Pleasant.

    From Phoenix. Take I-17 (Black Canyon Freeway) north and exit on Carefree Highway (Exit 223) and head west. The road becomes State Route 74, also known as Lake Pleasant Road. Travel west for about 15 miles and turn north on Castle Hot Springs Road. Continue for about 2 miles to the park's main entrance. To reach Pleasant Harbor Marina, turn north on Pleasant Harbor Road for about 1.5 miles to the main entrance. Nominal fees are charged.

    Main Entrance To Lake Pleasant.

    The main entrance provides access to the Lake Pleasant Park's Visitor's Center, a 10 lane boat ramp, the Desert Tortoise Campgrounds and the Roadrunner Campgrounds.

    North Entrance To The Lake.

    There is a second entrance to the lake about 3 miles past the main park entrance on Castle Hot Springs Road. You'll find access to the 4 lane boat ramp, shoreline camping areas and the Cottonwood day-use only picnic area which provides restroom convenience.

    For More Information.

    The City of Peoria, Arizona is proud to be the "Gateway to Lake Pleasant," one of the finest water recreation areas in Arizona.

    The Lake Pleasant Regional Park is managed by the Maricopa County Parks and Recreation Department.
    41835 N. Castle Hot Springs Rd.
    Morristown, AZ 85342
    Contact Station 928-501-1710
    Operations Center 602-372-7460


    Lake Pleasant Maps.

    Lake Pleasant Regional Park Map
    Lake Pleasant Regional Park, North End Map
    Lake Pleasant Regional Park, South End Map
    Lake Pleasant -Desert Tortoise Campground Map
    Lake Pleasant - Roadrunner Campground Map
    Lake Pleasant - Group Campground Map