The Hohokam people first occupied Lake Pleasant.  Five archeological sites have been discovered in the Lake Pleasant Regional Park area.  The sites include a farmhouse, a stone workshop, two small villages and a defensive site.  The five sites were occupied during the period of 700 to 1450 A.D.

Lake Pleasant is one of the largest and finest boating lakes in Arizona.  Lake Pleasant Regional Park has 23,662 acres for boating and camping.  The lake is formed by the Waddell Dam built on the Agua Fria River. 

The first time Waddell Dam was built was in 1928.  This dam created the upper portion of the Lake.  Lake Pleasant was named after Carl Pleasant, who was an engineer that helped design the dam.  At the time, Lake Pleasant was the largest agricultural dam in the world.  The dam held back runoff water from the Agua Fria and the Bradshaw Mountains. 

Then in 1968, Congress requested the Bureau of Reclamation to construct the Central Arizona Project.  This project sent water from the Colorado River to central and southern Arizona.  The existing lake was not large enough to store the water from the Colorado River diversion, thus a new dam was built.  The new Waddell Dam finished construction in 1993.  Today, Maricopa County manages Lake Pleasant.

Once you get to the park, you will want to make your first stop at the Overlook Visitor Center.  The Overlook Visitor Center has information on the park, Waddell Dam and the Central Arizona Project.  There are a variety of gifts for purchase here, along with books and pamphlets.  One of the highlights of the Visitor Center is the spectacular view of Lake Pleasant from the balcony surrounding the center.  The Visitor Center is open on weekends from 9:00 to 5:00.

Lake Pleasant has two entrances to the lake.  The main entrance is off of State Route 74.  You will take Castle Hot Springs Road north from the State Route for two miles.  The main entrance has many facilities to offer its visitors.

The lake’s main entrance has a full-service marina.  There is a 10-lane boat ramp, which is paved and useable at a water elevation of 1600 feet.  Boaters will find parking available for vehicles and boat trailers.  The parking lot holds 590 vehicles.  If you want to play on the lake and you do not own any water vehicles, it doesn’t matter.  You will find rental equipment at the lake. 

Camping is also available at the main entrance to Lake Pleasant.  There are two camping areas at the main entrance of the lake.  The Desert Tortoise Campground has 76 sites for RV and tent camping.  Campers will find picnic tables, armadas and grills at this campground.  Sites are available at a first come, first serve basis.  The Roadrunner Campground and Picnic Area offers 72 sites for RV and tent camping.  The grounds provide campers with picnic tables, armadas, restrooms and showers and grills.  All camping areas have water and electric hook-ups.

The second entrance to the lake is called North Entrance.  The North Entrance is located just off of State Route 74.  You will take Castle Hot Springs Road north from the State Route for three miles.  You will pass the Main Entrance. 

The North Entrance has a 4-lane boat ramp, which is paved and is usable to a water level of 1600 feet.  Parking is provided for 112 vehicles and restrooms are located nearby.

Camping can be found along the shoreline and at the Cottonwood Day Use Area.  The Cottonwood Day Use Area has 23 tables with grills.  There are no covered armadas available.  This area is open every day from 6:00 to 6:00.  Groups may reserve this section for gatherings and overnight stays.  If you are interested in group activities, you may call 520-501-0023.

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The Hohokam people first occupied Lake Pleasant.  Five archeological sites have been discovered in the Lake Pleasant Regional Park area.  The sites include a farmhouse, a stone workshop, two small villages and a defensive site.  The five sites were occupied during the period of 700 to 1450 A.D.

Lake Pleasant is one of the largest and finest boating lakes in Arizona.  Lake Pleasant Regional Park has 23,662 acres for boating and camping.  The lake is formed by the Waddell Dam built on the Agua Fria River. 

The first time Waddell Dam was built was in 1928.  This dam created the upper portion of the Lake.  Lake Pleasant was named after Carl Pleasant, who was an engineer that helped design the dam.  At the time, Lake Pleasant was the largest agricultural dam in the world.  The dam held back runoff water from the Agua Fria and the Bradshaw Mountains. 

Then in 1968, Congress requested the Bureau of Reclamation to construct the Central Arizona Project.  This project sent water from the Colorado River to central and southern Arizona.  The existing lake was not large enough to store the water from the Colorado River diversion, thus a new dam was built.  The new Waddell Dam finished construction in 1993.  Today, Maricopa County manages Lake Pleasant.

Once you get to the park, you will want to make your first stop at the Overlook Visitor Center.  The Overlook Visitor Center has information on the park, Waddell Dam and the Central Arizona Project.  There are a variety of gifts for purchase here, along with books and pamphlets.  One of the highlights of the Visitor Center is the spectacular view of Lake Pleasant from the balcony surrounding the center.  The Visitor Center is open on weekends from 9:00 to 5:00.

Lake Pleasant has two entrances to the lake.  The main entrance is off of State Route 74.  You will take Castle Hot Springs Road north from the State Route for two miles.  The main entrance has many facilities to offer its visitors.

The lake’s main entrance has a full-service marina.  There is a 10-lane boat ramp, which is paved and useable at a water elevation of 1600 feet.  Boaters will find parking available for vehicles and boat trailers.  The parking lot holds 590 vehicles.  If you want to play on the lake and you do not own any water vehicles, it doesn’t matter.  You will find rental equipment at the lake. 

Camping is also available at the main entrance to Lake Pleasant.  There are two camping areas at the main entrance of the lake.  The Desert Tortoise Campground has 76 sites for RV and tent camping.  Campers will find picnic tables, armadas and grills at this campground.  Sites are available at a first come, first serve basis.  The Roadrunner Campground and Picnic Area offers 72 sites for RV and tent camping.  The grounds provide campers with picnic tables, armadas, restrooms and showers and grills.  All camping areas have water and electric hook-ups.

The second entrance to the lake is called North Entrance.  The North Entrance is located just off of State Route 74.  You will take Castle Hot Springs Road north from the State Route for three miles.  You will pass the Main Entrance. 

The North Entrance has a 4-lane boat ramp, which is paved and is usable to a water level of 1600 feet.  Parking is provided for 112 vehicles and restrooms are located nearby.

Camping can be found along the shoreline and at the Cottonwood Day Use Area.  The Cottonwood Day Use Area has 23 tables with grills.  There are no covered armadas available.  This area is open every day from 6:00 to 6:00.  Groups may reserve this section for gatherings and overnight stays.  If you are interested in group activities, you may call 520-501-0023.

Lake Pleasant has an entrance fee for day use.  Vehicles cost $5.00, $3.00 for a watercraft, $2.00 for motorcycles, $25.00 for commercial buses and $1.00 for individuals visiting the Overlook Visitor Center.

Camping at Lake Pleasant is based on a 14-day maximum stay during a 30-day period.  The cost of camping is $15.00 per day for full hook-ups.  There is a $5.00 charge for shoreline or tent camping and an $8.00 charge for semi-developed sites.  The Group Picnic Areas armadas A and B have a cost of $25.00 for four hours and $5.00 for each additional hour. 

Lake Pleasant is located 35 miles southeast of Wickenburg on Highway 74.  If you are coming from Tucson or Phoenix take Interstate 17 north out of town.  Once you are just north of Phoenix you will take State Route 74 west (Carefree Highway) for 15 miles.  Then take Castle Hot Springs north to the lake.  Lake Pleasant is 45 miles from Phoenix.

 

If you would like more information, you may call 520-501-1702 or 602-566-3100. day use.  Vehicles cost $5.00, $3.00 for a watercraft, $2.00 for motorcycles, $25.00 for commercial buses and $1.00 for individuals visiting the Overlook Visitor Center.

Camping at Lake Pleasant is based on a 14-day maximum stay during a 30-day period.  The cost of camping is $15.00 per day for full hook-ups.  There is a $5.00 charge for shoreline or tent camping and an $8.00 charge for semi-developed sites.  The Group Picnic Areas armadas A and B have a cost of $25.00 for four hours and $5.00 for each additional hour. 

Lake Pleasant is located 35 miles southeast of Wickenburg on Highway 74.  If you are coming from Tucson or Phoenix take Interstate 17 north out of town.  Once you are just north of Phoenix you will take State Route 74 west (Carefree Highway) for 15 miles.  Then take Castle Hot Springs north to the lake.  Lake Pleasant is 45 miles from Phoenix.

If you would like more information, you may call 520-501-1702 or 602-566-3100.