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Lake Pleasant Regional Park, Morristown

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4.3/5 based on 100+ 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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  • A beautiful jewel - never been before and for only $6 gave unlimited access. Parked up at various places along the side of the Lake and some really good walks. Make sure you find the restaurant on the...  read more »
  • Camped on the lake shore near the 10 Lanes boat ramp in late September. Even with the water level very low, at about 51% capacity, the location was easily accessible and fairly level. It was nice bein...  read more »
  • I grew up near the White Tank Mtns and have been visiting lake pleasant since I was a child. The amount of trash that inconsiderate people leave behind after holiday weekends is horrible. That being s...  read more »
  • When you arrive to the park you have to pay, boo.. You expect some county or state employee to just take your hard earned money and let you thru. The good new is that is not the case.. They greet you with a smile, offer you guidance or directions and really provide a nice welcoming feeling.. The lake has great views and some nice areas to go off and swim at.. 10 lane ramp has a nice area off of the large parking lot where it does not get too crowded. Please keep in mind if you do not know how to swim to stay out of the water or wear a lifejacket. There are spots that get 2-3 feet deeper just inches from shallow water..
  • It's the Lake! Over the years the money spent is on display with improved facilities and maintenance. This lake is clean and well maintained. With Troon taking over Scorpion Bay and Pleasant Harbor now hosting Dillions Restaurant there are lots of choices for eating and entertainment. Plus IT'S THE LAKE!!
  • I love going during the week bcuz there is nobody and the place is all for you with ppl around you enjoy it more and relaxing
  • Went up recently to check it out because I would like to start camping again. I am impressed with the amount of things to do up there. Definitely found my spot! One thing that would benefit the park would be a fuel station of some sort. Also be watchful of the wild donkeys. They can be a pain in the ass :P haha!
  • Amazing outdoor fun with Everything to offer from expert offroad trails to relaxing lake recreation. Definitely an Arizona gem
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