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“An oasis close to town...” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Lake Pleasant Regional Park

Lake Pleasant Regional Park
41835 N. Castle Hot Springs Rd, Morristown, AZ 85342
928 501 1710
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Phoenix, Arizona
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“An oasis close to town...”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2013

If you want to get away but don't want to drive far...Lake Pleasant is perfect. My husband and I went on a hike and then went swimming. For 6.00 entry fee it's well worth it. The lake wasn't too crowded for going during the summer on a Sunday afternoon and the people at the park entrance we're friendly and even gave us maps of their hikes/the park.

Visited August 2013
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Phoenix, Arizona
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“Favorite Lake in AZ”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2013

Alot of people will say its over crowded or over rated. But you just have to know where to go ;) We go here all the time in the summer. Not a far drive, and easy to find good spots to fish or camp or just chill and swim for the day. Its actually quite clean compared to, like the salt river. Its always a fun time for us when I go with friends. Not a whole lot to do but drink and fish but who doesn't like to do that lol. Worth some visits if you're an AZ local. Its way to hot not to go! :)

Visited June 2013
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Scottsdale, Arizona
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“"Pleasantly" Surprised”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2013

We went to the Park just to check it out and were very surprised by the size of the Lake and the activity going on. From Jet Ski rentals, to boating, camping, hiking, etc...there is no shortage of things to do here and the scenery is impressive. We ended up hanging out b the lake and were so impressed that we ended up booking a campsite for the Fourth of July holiday weekend. Definitely worth a visit!

Visited May 2013
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Glendale, Arizona
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“Lake Pleasant, biggest lake in Phoenix area”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2013

This is a perfect place to bring the family, specially with kids who may want to swim in shallow waters (by the shore of lake) or go fishing. On the way to this lake, you will see lots and lots of saguaro cacti, and it is amazing to be free from the city in just 40 minutes or so from downtown Phoenix.

The lake has 10,000 acres of water surface and 118 miles of shoreline fed by the Aqua Fria River and the Colorado River via the Central Arizona Project Canal - and so here you can go boating, house boating, jet-skiing, sailing, kayaking, RV camping, tent camping, fishing and parasailing. For me who have liitle kids (9 year old twins in the video below), SWIMMING is our thing, and so I included a short YOUTUBE video of our latest swim at Lake Pleasant here:


LAKE PLEASANT and ths JUMPING FAMILY @ http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sKZRXV4ELRc

I have noted two main entrances for this lake, one for those who are here for boating (bringing their boats) and one for those who just want to swim and do the other water activities. For both there is entrance for vehicles (at the time about $6 for our car). I believe the name of the road off the US74 freeway which we used wasCastle Hot Springs Rd:

41835 N. Castle Hot Springs Rd.
Morristown, AZ 85342
Phone: 1 (928) 501-1710
Fax: (602) 372-7465

The main warning I have is that it may be easy to go down to the lake with a small car/sedan through some of the dirt roads, but be careful about going back up to main road (a little steep and you may have to look for an exit with a narrower slope). But if you have a truck, no problem. Also, it may be very hot during summer so bring an umbrella or hats and watch out for suddent short sandstorms (as shown in the video above)

Visited April 2013
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“Beautiful in Spring”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2013

We camped here at the Desert Tortoise campground. Our site had full hook ups and a beautiful view of the lake. The sites were roomy and not too close together. Our loop was not noisy or full of partiers. We used the bathrooms, nice to have flush toilets. We chose not to use the showers due to lack of cleanliness. In another part of the park, we were able to drive down to the water and wade in. It is very rocky so take water shoes. The park was beautiful this time of year with wildflowers in bloom and we saw lots of wildlife. We saw many desert cottontails on a sunset walk around the campground, so cute and our favorite. We hiked the pipeline trail to the bridge and back, beautful and scenic. We visited the Nature Center where our daughter enjoyed panning for gold. The staff there was very nice and helpful. We also visited the marina & store there, also fun for our daughter to take the outdoor lift. We drove through both campgrounds which were mostly full but the park never felt crowded wherever we went. This is a huge lake. Note that this is a county park. There is a separate, private RV park & marina that some previous reviewers have confused with this park.

Visited April 2013
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