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Lake Pleasant Regional Park, Morristown

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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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  • We went on the weekend and it was very crowded, but considering the temp was a rather warm 108*, that was to be expected. Water levels were higher than normal due to the release of water from the Wadd...  more »
  • Came here last week when the son rented a big pontoon and had a great day on the water. Can't remember the pontoon rental place but it was just fine. Plenty big for 13 of us.  more »
  • We rented jet skis and had them delivered through the lake pleasant harbor on the south west end of the lake. We we going to drive our jet skis across the lake to the north west side and meet the rest...  more »
  • There are great hiking areas, I would say literally hundreds of miles in this Reserve there also is a great picnic area and camping sector and don't forget you can launch your boat with their two different ports located on the reserve. The water is cool and that's absolutely beautiful! Never too cold except maybe in the middle of winter when you're out and about trying to hike anyway. Wonderfully refreshing in the middle of the summer!
  • Good lake and close to get to from the greater Phoenix area. If you don't have a boat and want to use one or a jet ski you can rent one. Or just chill and kick back in the water. Great place to camp over night. Take a blank light flash light with you so you can check out all the 🦂 at night!
  • Lake Pleasant is beautiful, but for my needs, it's a little inconvenient. I know it's a lake, but it would be nice if there were designated swimming areas with steps or sand or a way to get in the water without shredding your feet on the rocks. Otherwise, it's lovely!
  • I'm at this lake most weekends from March to October. As far as man-made lakes go, it's pretty massive and even now after 3 years of boating very regularly we are still finding new places. Dillion's has excellent food! However, they are slammed on the weekends so I wouldn't plan to go here during lunch time between May and September. It slows down a little when the weather isn't quite as bad (see hot). The lake feature donkeys and eagles most notably. There are some less note worthy animals like ducks and of course fish. There are three varieties of camping available; developed, semi-developed and undeveloped (that might not be the actual wording). The developed and semi-developed are usually very crowded on the weekends and largely empty during the week. The undeveloped areas are usually less busy and take a bit of off-roading to get to. That being said, the water level has a huge roll in how much camping area there is. There are more camping spots later in the year because there is far more shoreline when the water level is lower. The pictures below are unedited and were taken over the last year or so.
  • This lake was absolutely beautiful! And very well taken care of. The visitor center is a must do, and if it is not to hot the trails are wonderful to walk on with spectacular veiws.