Lake Pleasant Regional Park, Morristown

#5 of 11 in Trails in Central Arizona
Lake Pleasant Regional Park is a large outdoors recreation area straddling the Maricopa and Yavapai county border northwest of Phoenix, Arizona. The park is located within the municipal boundaries of Peoria, Arizona, and serves as a major recreation hub for the northwest Phoenix metropolitan area.Lake PleasantThe cornerstone of the park is the 10,000 acre, Lake Pleasant, one of the important artificial reservoirs surrounding the Phoenix metropolitan area. Created by the Waddell Dam, which was finished in 1927, the lake originally had a surface area of 3,700 acres and served as a private irrigation project. At 76 feet high and 2,160 feet long, the original Waddell Dam was, at its completion, the largest agricultural dam project in the world. The lake was filled by the Agua Fria River, capturing a large watershed throughout Yavapai County.Construction of the Central Arizona Project Aqueduct, which began in 1973, soon diverted water from the Colorado River to the lake, converting the lake from an agricultural project into a storage reservoir for the project. Completed in 1994, the New Waddell Dam tripled the surface area of the lake, submerging the old dam beneath its waters. Shortly after the completion of the dam, the area experienced a prolonged drought, and while the lake grew considerably it would not reach full capacity until early 2005. Although still fed by the Agua Fria River, the CAP aqueduct is the primary source of water for the reservoir.
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  • So close to a major metropolitan area, this is a gorgeous lake. Good for hiking, boating, relaxing. There is a small fee, but it's worth it. Two restaurant choices. Boat rides or rentals available.  more »
  • We stayed at the campground recently and there was plenty of spots to choose from. We picked one without electricity but I noticed that some of the electricity sites offer better views. There are some...  more »
  • It's great to have a lake in the desert. Someplace to go to and cool off in the summer especially. Just be mindful of certain holidays that can get quite crowded.  more »
  • Very nice camping options! Boondocks by the water or camp ground. Very different for me, no trees, windy but still amazing!! You have to try it! Had a great time but wish I had sticks to make s’mores and to move around the ashes. Couldn’t set up the Hammocks with out trees. Fire was still warm and.beautiful and the food still tasted great! Also good cell service!
  • Beautiful park, has some decent trails and nice sights, but it's Arizona so don't expect much. I see it as a way to eacape the heat and have some fun. Bring chairs and some swim shoes though if you plan on hanging out here as hot sand and jagged rocks make not so great cushions... They have fishing and I believe hunting season. You need a permit for both. Getting permits are easy, you go to the Arizona Game & Fish department's website and do everything online. You will have to actually print out the permits and have them on you while in the park though.
  • I went for the Sunset Cruise. It was AWESOME!!! I stayed upstairs all trip and had my honey going downstairs for my drinks and dinner (Prime Rib) so I could enjoy the sunset... Well that's part of it anyway, I am a clutz is the otherπŸ˜‰πŸ˜‚πŸ˜Š The drinks we received we perfect, shots too lol. I personally don't know what all type of non-alcoholic drinks they have but there was children on board with other families 😍 They had heaters on board granted it is pretty chilly I believe 60's that night... The heaters helped everyone, I used a sweater and wore pants but, I love colder weather... The trip was about 90minutes and the sun set quick this time of year, so I LOVED IT😍😍😍... The pictures I upload I am not going to put a bunch of writing on them... You are NOT allowed to bring food or drinks on or take them off... Keep that in mind πŸ˜‰πŸ˜πŸ˜
  • Went on the Phoenix boat sunset dinner cruise. Scenery around Lake Pleasant was beautiful. Dinner was a buffet and was average for that sort of thing. Dessert was tasty and was warmer than the meal! One thing I forgot: the live entertainment, a solo guy named Dusty Titles, was surprisingly good!! A nice voice, good guitar and sense of humor. Kept working throughout the trip. Very enjoyable!!! Thanks
  • We went tent camping and stayed at the Desert Tortoise Campground with our children. What a great experience for everyone in the family. The restrooms were exceptionally clean as well as the campground itself. My only issue with this place is lack of shade and no BBQ grills. However there is a small grill over the fire pit but really not to practical. I would certainly recommend this spot to anyone looking to relax and enjoy the outdoors. We did have a Burro come up to the table while we were putting dinner away and take a package of hamburger buns right off the table. He just stood there and ate them, minus the bag after we took it from him. The animal was friendly enough and even let us let him.

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