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Lake Pleasant Regional Park, Morristown

(4.3/5 based on 110+ reviews on the web)
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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Reviews
TripAdvisor
  • Went in "north" entrance and did a short trail to two peaks. Other trail had a washout from Winter rains. Plenty of wildflowers and nice views of the lake from the two hilltops. Trail all dirt but eas...  more »
  • Phoenician are busy busy people, and this park is a GEM of a place, right next to Phoenix. Easiest access ever. 35 minutes from north/Surprise. Perhaps a genius/misguided application of technology and...  more »
  • What a beautiful state park with great views from the lake. Six dollars for a day pass for entry. Picnic areas, camping and boating.  more »
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  • The park is nice with short walking trails, a visitor center and a 2-3 star restaurant by the water. View is nice by not spectacular. It's more of a RV getaway and boater's place than a walking park.
  • We reserved our campsite online before we arrived and didn't have to pay an admittance fee for our vehicle. The campsites themselves are very well maintained and you can tell a lot of care and consideration has been applied. The bathrooms are very clean with running water. They even have porta potties in some of the rural areas. Some important things that would have been helpful to know beforehand or even as we entered the park: The wild Burro's. Between these little donkeys, the coyotes, the skunks and javelinas digging around our tent we found it almost impossible to sleep the first night. The Visitor/Discovery center is only open on weekends and during the winter season the lake is VERY low so don't book your campsite expecting a water wonderland when the weather is cooler.
  • Fast and easy access to some family oriented fun only $10 for a the day I think $12 to 15 overnight camping fun too. They have several spots with picnic tables and ramadas. Clean restrooms, Not including the porta potties. In a different location they also have showers but that one is farther away from the lake. They have 2 restaurants a convenience store and gas for boats. For those of you with boats the lake is very big and it offers different areas to enjoy and just relax or do some tubing fun!!
  • Beautiful scenery, very fresh air, and the park is extremely clean. Only complaint is the lack of garbage cans, even near the buildings.
  • The park is mainly for camping and water sports. No running trails or "beach" however you can in the water anywhere. Water shoe is recommended, shores are rocky or with pebbles. There is a few walking trail in the park.