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Description - Located approximately 30 miles from Phoenix. This newly expanded reservoir has 114 miles of shoreline for family recreation uses. The reservoir boasts a 10-lane boat ramp; parking for 200 vehicles. Recreational facilities concentrated primarily on the reservoir's western shore. About 450 picnic sites, 225 proposed campsites ranging from tent to primitive to improved camping with full utility hookups, 14 group-use areas, 4 overlooks, a full-service marina equipped to handle 1,000 boats, and 7 miles of trails. Future plans include several restrooms, fish-cleaning stations, concession facilities, and recreation vehicle sanitary dump facilities. Planned for the future is an Indian village fashioned after an authentic Hohokam Indian village, as well as an outdoor education center. Available species include white bass, largemouth bass, striped bass, channel catfish, and black crappie. A state-issued license is required.

Recreation - Some of the most popular activities at Lake Pleasant include boating, water skiing, camping, picnicking, hiking, and fishing.

Climate - Winters in this area bring beautiful weather, with mild warm days (60- 70F) and cool nights (40's). Summers can be extremely hot with daytime temperatures of 100-115 degrees, and evening lows in the 70's to 80's. Long hikes are not recommended in the summer. Even short hikes require lots of water, a hat, and sun screen lotion. The higher elevations of this area experience much cooler temperatures and higher amounts of precipitation. The mountains of this region often receive snowfall during the winter months.

Location - Lake Pleasant is located approximately 30 miles north of Phoenix.

Current Conditions & Trip Reports

Trip Reports:
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Filed By: KC (Phoenix, AZ)
Number of People Encountered: 0-10 ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Highly
Report: Went on thursday 9-16-04, at 3:30pm not crowded at all, lake was clear, there were some jet skiers, drove down to the water, and cast lines, better fishing if you have a boat. Truck or 4 wheel drive is better vehicle to use on off roads very nice. KC

Filed By: JJ (El Mirage, AZ)
Number of People Encountered: 0-10 ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Highly
Report: My wife and I were out cruising around this past weekend. We were on the lake a couple weeks before and between then and now the water level has increased by at least 10 feet. Looks like it will be a great summer. The northeastern arm of the lake is still closed off for habitat reasons, but there's plenty of room to get out and open up the throttle. Great time to get out in the boat and work out any kinks before the summer hits. Hardly anyone on the water except for some bass fisherman and some crazy wakeboarder.

Filed By: john (phx, az)
Number of People Encountered: 50+ ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Not Recommended
Report: well if your idea of a day at the lake is a day with a millon people every where and i mean every where then this is the place for you but note i have pulled alot of 5to 8 pound flat heads out of the this lake i mean alot and ive even pulled a few 10to20 pounders but its rare most nights u go home with nothing but the memory of a ton of people in your way i heard its good place for bass but i fish for cats so i wouldnt know much on that + side is close easy road and u might catch somthing

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Contact Information:
Lake Pleasant, Maricopa County Parks & Rec. Department, 3475 W. Durango , Phoenix, AZ, 85009, Phone: 602-506-2903

Additional Information:
Arizona Lakes and Reservoirs - The reservoirs and lakes in Arizona provide excellent water based recreational opportunities in this otherwise arid state. The water, combined with a typically warm climate makes the lakes and reservoirs very popular.
Central Arizona - Central Arizona, located in the middle of the state and north of Phoenix, features Prescott National Forest, Verde Valley Wilderness, Tonto Natural Bridge State Park, and Dead Horse Ranch State Park.
Phoenix Area - Known as the "Valley of the Sun," and covering over 400 square miles, the Phoenix metropolitan area lies southwest of the Mazatzal Mountains, near where the Verde and Salt Rivers meet.


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